Come to Flagler Beach in a happy hour frame of mind and you'll be very happy indeed. A bright mixture of both chain and independent restaurants, bars and cafés are found in town, though most announce last call by 9:00 p.m. or so. All the better to get to bed early and enjoy an Atlantic sunrise the next morning.
BY THE SEA CAFÉ
They're not lying about the sea-front. If you've never had an omelette, iced tea and home fries seasoned with fresh sea salt – clear room in Saturday morning's schedule. Or Saturday night – breakfast is served all day! If you're very much into breakfasts, a frequent-eater card awards your 10th breakfast free. Note: Closed Monday and Tuesday.
FLAGLER FISH COMPANY
You know the seafood is fresh when you choose your lunch or dinner straight from the market case. A small establishment in a bright and cheerful beach bungalow, you can dine in-house, or buy their best to take home and cook or BBQ yourself. You'll also spot them at the Flagler Farmers' Market for a weekly breakfast fix. Why not try: Seafood chowder and home-made chips.
THE GOLDEN LION
Go on and get local, filling up on cold beer and great ocean views. With Guinness on tap and a daily catch-of-the-day, you can choose between weekend live entertainment (summer months) or assemble some lawn chairs with a great group of friends.
A lively sports bar and 'wings/nachos' restaurant that comes to life on Football Sundays. (Miami Dolphins or bust). Just beside the airport, it pulls off its 'aviation' theme and offers live music under the flight path on weekend evenings. (Word to the wise – that's exactly when parking gets tricky). Why not try: 'Super' nachos.
HIGH TIDES AT SNACK JACK'S
Prepare two things for the most casual beach bar and restaurant you've ever enjoyed: cash, and a valet state of mind. Stuck in a refreshing beachy time-warp High Tides does not accept credit cards and you're not parking unless you valet. As popular as Flagler Beach gets - nothing more complicated than the beach, fresh seafood and friendly people. Why not try: Crab & Conch Fritter Combo.
While Joseph sticks to Flagler's 'early to bed' schedule, if you can make it to his pizza place before 9 p.m. (eat in or take-out), you've got a hearty piece of Sicily headed your way. Home-made secret-family-recipe-sauce? Naturalmente. Save room for: Tiramisu.
OCEANSIDE BEACH GRILL
A family operation with care and attention in all details. Food is prepared fresh in-house, with a Greek salad so good you'll turn kids towards vegetables for life. Breakfast options are just as tempting as lunch and dinner – plan your vacation days wisely! Why not try: Flaming sausage and fish of the day.
Back with a sparkle after a total renovation, the Turtle Shack focuses on fresh and friendly. Right on the beach, you might choose their take-out service for a quick picnic.