Best new brunch restaurants in NSB, Flagler Beach, Ponce Inlet


These new favorites serve up everything from fruit-topped pancakes to decadent grilled cheeses, layered pancakes, and morning mimosas.

Whether you like something drizzled with syrup, smothered in gravy, or baked in the oven in the morning, the best part about brunch is actually you: can have it all. Arguably the best meal of the day, brunch satisfies all types of sweet and savory cravings, with versatile plates that combine the very best of breakfast and lunch selections, featuring everything from shrimp and grits and loaded waffles to eggs Benedict and frittata—just to name a few. not to mention a whole range of morning cocktails at your fingertips.

Luckily for us, there never seems to be a shortage of newly opened, picturesque brunch options in the Daytona Beach area, so for those looking to stop at a new spot this month, check out four of the best brunch spots in Daytona, Flagler, which are the started serving their new morning menus last six months.

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Get up on the island

1224 S. Ocean Shore Blvd., Flagler Beach; 386-693-4966,

Located at the Topaz Motel on South Ocean Shore Boulevard, Rise at the Island (The Island Grille’s brunch service) is one of Flagler Beach’s newest brunch additions, quickly earning the culinary approval of Flagler-area residents. The cozy new spot, whose eclectic, old-world charm is evident in the 1920s space, sits next to the ocean and watches the waves roll in – mimosa in hand. Whether you’re craving something sweet or prefer to start your morning with a savory snack with bacon layers, Rise at the Island has just the right variety.

The eatery’s menu, divided into fun categories like “Brunchie Munchies,” “Simply Southern” and “Sweet Love,” ranges from biscuits and gravy to a variety of omelets, pina colada French toast with grilled pineapple and chicken and waffles.

My recent selections include the Southern Benedict – a split biscuit stacked with poached eggs, tavern ham and creamy hollandaise sauce; and the avocado tartines – a classic morning favorite, layered avocado spread, poached eggs, rocket and sunflower seeds on toasted 14-grain bread. Sprinkle on some of the accompanying Mediterranean salad, as recommended by my waiter, and you’ll never look back. This beachside gem also offers several themed drinks, including the Brunch Punch and bottomless mimosas.

Norwood’s Restaurant and Treehouse Bar

400 E. Second Ave., New Smyrna Beach; 386-428-4621,

While Norwood’s Restaurant and Tree House Bar have been keeping the New Smyrna Beach community’s stomachs full for years, the popular restaurant’s brunch menu, which was released earlier this year, is a newer weekend favorite that I, like many, can’t seem to get a taste for. . The vibrant scratch kitchen always delivers a high-class atmosphere and flavors to match, with live music dancing through the treehouse until 2pm on weekends, and a brunch menu, available from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays, that’s not your cup of tea. average egg and bacon saturated variety.

The cozy restaurant’s mostly savory selections include chicken and waffles, Mediterranean grilled mahi, stuffed haddock and cabernet-braised mushroom tartine, in addition to a handful of drink specials, including $6 mimosas and Bloody Marys and $8 Smyrna sangria. My recent highlights include the photo-worthy Pancake Sampler – 15 golden mini pancakes served with pecan butter, smoked maple syrup, orange curd, whipped cream and strawberry jam to customize each small stack to your liking; and the Eggs Valencia – a hearty portion of andouille sausage and eggs, topped with Manchego cheese and fried in a rich sofrito sauce with fluffy house fries.

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Barnhill’s cafe, bar and grill

202 S. Central Ave., Flagler Beach; 386-338-3041,

Barnhill’s Café, Bar and Grill started serving the Flagler community shortly after the new year with a delicious range of brunch dishes with international influences. The upscale restaurant, overlooking Veterans Park, was designed to captivate customers in a warm, cabin-like escape where the well-traveled lives of owners Ted and Marge Barnhill would shine through every diverse plate. The eatery, which offers indoor, deck and rooftop seating, boasts a delicious menu of sweet and savory French crepes and fresh-baked pastries, breakfast sandwiches, Maryland-style crab cakes and hearty breakfast bowls, in addition to mimosas, English teas and assorted coffee drinks , such as the artistic lavender-vanilla latte.

Recently I enjoyed the chocolate cannoli-style crepe – a dessert-like breakfast, with layers of chocolate-whipped mascarpone cheese, chocolate chips, chocolate and pretzel confetti, and powdered sugar in a thin, delicate white crepe with enough elasticity to prevent it from tears easily. In addition to the textured dish, the French toast-style blueberry muffins were another hit, with the moist, freshly baked pastry layered with chantilly cream, fresh berries and maple syrup.

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HT’s Zandbar and Bistro

4950 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet; 386-767-7676,

Located right on the water, HT’s Sand Bar and Bistro of Ponce Inlet offers guests a special space to enjoy their brunch while watching passing boaters and paddle boarders.

Tucked away on the inlet, the local spot is in ideal proximity to the iconic Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, the Marine Science Center, and the Hidden Treasure Rum Bar and Grill – owner Scott Weber’s adjacent restaurant location. The newly opened Scratch Kitchen offers gourmet breakfast dishes in a casual, low-key setting, offering everything from decadent Belgian waffles, breakfast bowls and avocado toast to fresh seafood sandwiches, flatbreads and chowder – not to mention a brunch buffet from 7am to 11am. weekends, priced at $19.99 for adults and $14.99 for children.

Some recent highlights include the Fancy Grilled Cheese – warm Gruyere cheese, Dutch smoked gouda and tri-color heirloom tomatoes on crispy, golden sourdough toast; and the Belgian Blueberry Waffle – a fluffy, sweet selection layered with light whipped cream, a handful of fresh blueberries and a hint of maple syrup. The pet-friendly gem also offers a make-your-own menu of steak and eggs, ice cream and more for visitors’ furry friends.

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