The closest local place to go is JT's Seafood Shack - 5224 N. Oceanshore Blvd (on A1A - near the Publix). 386-446-4337. This is 2 miles away. I have had many good lunches here. It is casual with very good food and great value. The happy hour drink prices for beer are very cheap. Try the blackened fish tacos. www.jtseafoodshack.com
Atlantic Grill - Direct Ocean Front restaurant at Ginn Hammock Beach Club Resort. 4 star dining. Amazing food and incredible view of ocean and golf course. You will have to buy a dining pass in advance to go here.
I would definitely recommend looking at the European Village (across the intra-coastal - 5 minute drive) as there are 6 other restaurants.
Barbara Jeans is a seafood restaurant with fantastic crab cakes and Mezza Luna is a very nice pizza cafe with lots of outdoor seating.
I've had several good meals (especially breakfast and lunch) at La Piazza Cafe in European Village. The pizza restaurant - Mezza Luna - at European Village is getting rave reviews from guests. After all of these reviews, I tried the pizza and it was outstanding. The European Village should be one of your first stops in the Palm Coast.
Outback Steakhouse - 45 Plaza Drive (Palm Coast) - A dependable and affordable steak house. 386-446-6280
Java Joint - 2201 Oceanshore Blvd. (a1a - in Flagler Beach on the highway). Views of the ocean. Outdoor seating. Eclectic, laid back and very affordable cafe. I thought the food was okay, but other guests rave about this place. Judge for yourself.
Flagler Fish Company and Market - Fresh fish sold at the market. Gourmet fish cooked in the restaurant. www.flaglerfishcompany.com
180 S. Daytona Ave. Flagler Beach, FL 32136 386-439-0000.
Armando's Bella Cucina in the Flagler Beach area. Family owned and operated.
True authentic Italian food. - 2513 Moody Boulevard, Flagler Beach, FL; 32136 ; Phone: 439-6878
Thai by Thai - 124 Palm Coast Parkway. 386-449-0009. Tucked away in a strip center and a little hard to find but worth it.
Great food, great prices.
A1 Japanese Restaurant - 208 St. Joes Plaza Drive. 386-446-0508.
Tucked away in a strip center and a little hard to find but worth it.
Kokoro Japanese Restaurant - 246 Palm Coast Pkwy NE
Palm Coast, FL 32137 (386) 445-9259
Run by a young Asian couple who work hard to please. Some of the sushi is flown in from Japan, the menu is large and varied and if you order ahead you can even get Kobi beef.
The place is spotless and a relaxing place to dine. One of my favorite Japanese restaurants anywhere.
Bonefish Grill - Worth a drive to Ormond Beach. 25 miles up the beach road. Take A1A south. This is a scenic drive. This is one of my favorite restaurants. It is owned by Outback and stands next to Roy's as one of their best. It is a seafood restaurant with interesting preparations and very reasonable prices. If you go, you must order their "Bang Bang" shrimp appetizer. They do not take reservations. Arrive early to avoid a long wait.
Bonefish Grill, 814 S. Atlantic Avenue, Ormond Beach, FL 32176 386-615-7889
Daytona Beach. There are a lot of chain restaurants in Daytona Beach that are too many to mention. I recommend you go to Google and type in "Trip Advisor Daytona Beach restaurants"
The chain restaurants I personally like in Daytona Beach include Carrabba's and Chipotle.
Carrabba's - 2200 W Internatl Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 (386) 255-3344
Chipotle - 2400 W Internatl Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 (386) 252-6011
I would also highly recommend an evening in Old St Augustine where you can park the car and walk around some beautiful streets. There are many restaurants in St A but my absolute top choice is 95 Cordova in the Casa Monica hotel (phone 904-827-1888, 95 Cordova St). Make sure you book in advance and arrive early to enjoy a cocktail at the piano bar. They have valet parking (rare in St Augustine). They also do a great Sunday brunch but I prefer evenings there for the unique atmosphere.
Another 2 very good restaurants in Old St. Augustine are Cortesse's (904 825 6775) and Rain Tree (904 824 7211) both on San Marco Avenue. Also, I highly recommend the Columbia Restaurant. This features high quality cuban/latin american food in a beautiful restaurant on the pedestrian walkway. I have eaten here many times. The house chopped salad is one of the best I have ever had.
For more casual dining, try the A1A Ale Works, 1 King Street (904 829 2977) for beautiful views of the Bridge of Lions and the intra-coastal from their upstairs terrace. This features a casual and diverse menu - plus they brew there own beer (and they have 4 different types on tap).