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October 2012

Barracuda's Bar and Grille: Best New Restaurant in New Smyrna Beach

I've quickly grown to love Barracuda's Bar and Grille in New Smyrna Beach. The place opened a few months ago and I've been there three times. Each has been a fun experience with great serivce, great food, and great cocktails.

What I like about Barracuda's Bar and Grille is they serve really fresh food and offer an eclectic menu with something for everyone. In fact, their menu is why we chose this restaurant for a birthday celebration. Our guests were a mix of vegan, vegetarian, and carnivores and everyone was happy with the options.

One of their specialties is oven baked flatbreads. My favorites are Ocean Gardens (great for vegetarians) and Jamaican Chicken Chorizo (great for carnivores). They also have an interesting Caribbean Jerked Pulled Pork flatbread that is next on my list of things to try.

If you love fresh garden salads you'll be impressed with the selection at Barracuda's.  One of the most unique is their Grilled Hearts of Romaine. Yes, they actually grill a wedge of romaine then top it with croutons, shredded carrots, and caesar dressing. 

You can also get a house salad, traditional Greek salad, spicy buffalo shrimp salad, or their really yummy Sunrise Yogurt Salad that has fresh fruit, shaved almonds, and a low-fat yogurt dressing.

If you're looking for something a little heartier select from the Barracuda Big Bites or Killer Sandwiches section. My favorite entrees are the Tropical Fish Tacos and Barracuda Buffalo sandwich. One of my vegan friends said the 3rd Ave Veggie Burger was the best she'd ever eaten. There is also a great selection of wraps, including a Cordon Bleu Bacon wrap that is also on my "to try next" list.

A great feature of Barracuda's is the upstairs gathering area. It's a nice place to hang out with friends and enjoy cocktails or soak up the ocean view and gentle breezes while waiting for your table.

You'll find an abundant selection of specialty drinks, great wines, and beers. If you love chocolate martinis, you must order the Terry Dactyl. It truly is the best chocolate martini on the planet.

There's always something going on at Barracuda's throughout the week, so check their event calendar to take advantage of specials. Guys will appreciate Manday Monday with half-off select drinks, 50 cent wings, and $5 burgers. Gals will love T.G.I. Ladies Night each Thursday. Not only are flatbreads half-out, but can you also get that Terry Dactyl chocolate martini I mentioned earlier for only $5. 

Barracuda's Bar and Grille is located at 203 S. Atlantic, directly across the street from the Flagler Avenue beach parking lot. You can't miss the bright yellow, orange, and green building with the awesome Barracuda fish logo.

Phone:  386.957.3931

Website:  www.barracudasnsb.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/BarracudasNSB

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