Where to Eat in West Volusia, Florida (DeLand and Surrounding Areas)
The county of West Volusia holds some of my favorite towns in the state of Florida. DeLand is it’s best-known area (and one of the top Main Street destinations in the country!) while other cities include Deltona, Cassadega, and Orange City.
West Volusia is a wonderful place to visit, with fantastic ecotourism opportunities, manatees, great state parks, and awesome drinking establishments. It is also one of my favorite places to eat, with a wide variety of unique local eateries, guaranteed to please every palate.
Located near the business hub of Orlando and Daytona Beach, check out our recommendations for where to eat in DeLand, West Volusia County, and nearby areas.
Half Wall Beer House
In the heart of downtown Deland is Half Wall Beer House, a sports bar, tap house, and grill, all rolled into one. The food is fantastic, the beer selection, amazing, and the ambiance, casual and super fun. Order a craft beer flight with four five ounce samples to try as you enjoy munching on big fat Jumbo Honey Glazed Chicken Wings with ranch dressing.
My go-to beer is Half Wall’s own Jefficus Bourbon Coffee Vanilla Oatmeal stout; very tasty. If you are a fresh seafood fan, consider ordering the scrumptious parmesan cheese, red chili flakes & parsley topped Mussels in Beer, served with Texas Toast. Perfection!
Emmy’s Time Out Tavern
Enjoy scrumptious German food from Emmy’s Time Out Tavern, a restaurant and bar with fabulous traditional German fair, a family-style atmosphere, and friendly casual vibe. Emmy herself may be there to make you feel like one of the family. Start your meal with Kartoffelpuffer, German pancakes served with applesauce or sour cream for dipping.
The large breaded Pork Schnitzel with brown mushroom onion gravy is “all that and a bag of chips”, or in other words, a fabulous menu option. Pair the pork, or chicken, cutlet with sweet red cabbage and sauerkraut. Meals from Emmy’s come with fresh bread, vegetable beef soup, and a delicous cabbage, tomato, and cucumber German salad.
Emmy’s offers a formal dining room as well as a more casual area for dining near the bar, where TV’s and a jukebox offer entertainment.
From an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet to deliciously cooked low and slow barbecue meats, you will not leave Pitmasters BBQ hungry no matter when you visit. A healthy salad bar is a nice feature, with just the right amount of fresh vegetables and toppings to choose from. Delicious appetizers include Smother Tater Wedges, Jalapeno Poppers, and Cowboy Candy, a regional dish with candied jalapenos over cream cheese that you eat with tortilla chips. Caution, this dish is addictive.
Then, sink your teeth into the brisket, pulled pork, or burnt ends that pair nicely with the wide array of sauces (mustard, regular, sweet bold, hot sauce, and super hot) offered at each table. Pitmasters BBQ has really great side dishes, too, including coleslaw, bbq beans, corn-on-the-cob, and fries. The sweet tea is a must!
Abbey Bar & Odd Elixir Meadworks
This premier craft beer bar (10 on tap, over 100 bottled) offers a nice surprise…meads! I’ve sampled meads (alcohol resulting from the fermentation of honey) around the country and can honestly say the ones from Abbey Bar & Odd Elixir Meadworks were far superior to any I’ve had. My favorite was the Peaches the Friendly Ghost, closely followed by Green Goddess. Try a flight and see which creative mead you like best!
Abbey Bar & Odd Elixir Meadworks also serves really good upscale bar fare for lunch and dinner. The quesadillas are the most popular item, but the Cowboy Candy (candied jalapeños over cream cheese) is my favorite dish. Try the Spanish Inquisition Quesadilla, with pork, candied jalapeños, and beer onions, or the Club Chicken Quesadilla with ham, chicken, Swiss cheese, bacon, and raspberry jam, which is insanely good. Abbey Bar is a place that is welcoming to newbies and has a nice vibe–you won’t want to leave!
Boston Coffee House
Who doesn’t love a good independent coffee shop? DeLand has an exceptional one in Boston Coffee House, a place for delicious fresh-made pastries, muffins, breafkast & lunch, and a huge variety of coffees and teas. They even have unique desserts, such as Earthquake and Cannoli Cakes. These pair perfectly with the drink selections at Boston Coffee House which can all be served hot, iced, or frozen. I recommend the Yankee Doodle espresso with steamed milk, chocolate, and whipped cream.
Breakfast sandwiches include tasty little pretzel bun Croissants, toasted bagels, English muffins, Pancakes, French Toast, and a few different breakfast burritos. My money is on the Chipotle Breakfast Ciabatta with mushrooms, onions, and chipotle dressing. Man, it was incredible! The ambiance and welcoming staff are as impressive as the food and drinks.
Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co.
The town of DeLand has a wealth of friendly businesses where visitors and locals alike will want to hang out and Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company is definitely one of those places. The taproom is part of DeLand’s SoNY neighborhood (South of New York Ave). Grab a seat at the bar or one of the tables and enjoy a cold brew, video game, music, trivia, yoga, or conversation with the locals. Dogs are welcome, too.
I love the beer flights Persimmon Hollow offers. You can pick four beers to sample from the ever-changing new and mainstay brews menu. Ale lovers will want to try the Dirty Blonde, a local fave. My top picks are 3 Wise Guys (coffee porter), Daytona Dirty Blonde (blonde ale) and Funky Freddy Fitz (Belgian stout). A more adventurous beer is the the delicious Tipsy Friar, a Belgian dubbel.
While the taproom doesn’t serve food, you may bring your own or dash across the street for tacos at Neighbors Artisan Tacqueria. Be sure to say hello to Andy and Robbie, Persimmon Hollow owners and brewers, if you see them.
An upscale, chic scratch kitchen bistro in the heart of DeLand is Bake Chop, where fresh food is always fashionable and trendy dishes take center stage on the menu. Fresh veggies and sides change daily, but may include Onion Rings, Sweet Potato Fries, Mac and Cheese, Spicy Collards, Rainbow Carrots, or Watermelon/Feta Salad. Bake Chop serves sandwiches, salads, meatballs, gluten-free items, and other small plates like magical fruit (hummus and veggies) and Cue the Quiche.
Taylor Trash, a medley of sweet potato and French fries with house-made ranch dressing and adobo mayo, is a must for foodies like myself. The beets and goat cheese are also divine! Bake Chop has typical lunch and dinner entrees as well as some vegan options. This is definitely a little bistro with a big heart for selling local, buying local, and supporting pasture raised or free range meats, hormone and antibiotic free.
Inside of the Cassadega Hotel at Lake Helen, Sinatra’s Ristorante is an upscale eatery with a stellar menu and warm, friendly atmosphere. Check out the yummy array of appetizers, such as Fried Artichoke hearts (tossed in a lemon basil Beurre blanc sauce), Smoked Fish Dip (a Florida staple!), or the Bruschetta (tomatoes, garlic, basil, and Ricotta cheese).
For your main course, order Arthur’s Burger, an 8-ounce burger piled high with peanut butter, grilled bananas, apple cider bacon, and mayo. Another tantalizing menu item is the Meatball Ciabatta sandwich with beef and Italian sausage meatballs, marinara sauce, parmesan, and mozzarella. Sinatra’s sandwiches are served with seasonal chips. Sunday brunch is also an option at Sinatra’s, as is a dueling piano show.
Old Spanish Sugar Mill
While DeLand and the surrounding areas offer many wonderful restaurants, perhaps none are as famous or well-known as the Old Spanish Sugar Mill in the DeLeon Springs State Park. Admission to the park is $6 per car.
The pancake house opened in 1961 and is a replica of a 100-year-old 1830’s sugar mill. Griddles are on each table because preparing your own food is part of the fun at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill. Cook your own all-you-can-eat pancakes, French toast, and eggs, while the wait staff takes care of your drinks, breakfast meats, and other needs.
Old Spanish Sugar Mill’s pancake recipe is made from unbleached white flour and their own 5 stone ground flours mix. Pancakes are topped with your choice of syrup, raw honey, or unsulphured molasses and you can add in your favorite pancake pairings such as bananas, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and pecans. A full menu is also available if breakfast fare isn’t what you are looking for.
As you can see, West Volusia’s DeLand and surrounding areas have some mighty tasty morsels just waiting for you to try.
I wish my town could be a little more like this one to satisfy the foodie needs in my life.
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Thanks to West Volusia Tourism for hosting our DeLand travels. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.
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