Eating outside is one of my favorite pleasures in life. I adore being outdoors in general, so if it’s a nice day out and I’m going to a restaurant, my eyes light up immediately if I see they have a patio dining area. One recent summer evening in particular, Matt and I were driving down the coast looking for a nice place to stop for dinner, preferably along the water, so I looked on Yelp and found a place called Caribbean Jack’s Restaurant & Bar in Daytona Beach that had pretty good reviews. We decided to check it out and that turned out to be an excellent dining decision!
As we arrived, we noticed we were in a rather industrial area, which didn’t seem to be a place where you’d find a restaurant, but it was there nonetheless. The parking lot was nearly full but they did have valet service, so we climbed out of the truck, handed over our keys and proceeded to ask the hostess for a patio table.
The back patio has both covered tables which provide some shade, and open tables on the deck, and they also have these sort of rocking chair covered tables which were certainly the most coveted of the bunch. Most can hold about 4 people but they had a few 2-seaters too, perfect for a nice date night. These provide the best view of the water as well!
We fell in love with the Pina Colada Shrimp appetizer, the sauce was so lick-your-fingers good. With many different options to choose from, Matt ordered the Mahi BLT and I chose the Mahi Tacos for our entrees, which both left us deeply satisfied. The Mahi was so tender and melted in your mouth and had just the right amount of jerk seasoning on it to give it a nice kick.
Next time I want to try…..everything!! 🙂
They also had a very extensive fruity drink menu with daily specials, including a coconut pirate drink souvenir you can get, 64 oz. fishbowl drinks, and there’s a Caribbean Jack’s gift shop, and live music (on Saturday nights), so the ambiance was very lovely. We watched the sun set slowly over the Halifax River and caught the Caribbean-vibe fever, commenting that we’d have to bring our friends back to this tropical eatery.
It was a really lovely place to watch the sunset ❤
A few weeks later we did return with some family members and they also greatly enjoyed the experience. We had managed to snag one of the popular rocking chair tables again, and good thing because there was a passing sun shower during our meal, but we stayed dry thanks to the covering. And to cap off the delicious meal and the indulgent Bananas Foster we got for dessert, was a lovely double rainbow!
Maybe ol’ ‘Caribbean’ Jack Gilbert himself was smiling down on us, fisting upwards a bottle of spiced rum.
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