Eat like a local in Flagler Beach

While on vacation, the food you enjoy is almost as important as the attractions you visit. Coming from out of town may make it difficult to find the best local eateries. Instead of fretting over where to eat, check out some of the highest-rated restaurants in the Flagler Beach area.

So after a long day of fun in the sun has left you starving for some delectable dining, stroll on into one of the many eateries Flagler Beach has to offer.

Flagler Fish Company: This new restaurant offers gourmet meals in a relaxed, island-style atmosphere.  The menu lists everything you would expect at a seafood shack: clams, shrimp, lobster, crab and more. Entrées range from $10 to $23 and breakfast is available on Fridays.  For more information visit: www.flaglerfishcompany.com

A1A Burrito Works: You don’t need to change out of your swimsuit if you plan on stopping into this restaurant. This beachside burrito shack offers a wide variety of South-of-the-Border cuisine with take-out options available. For more information visit: www.burritoworks.com

High Tides at Snack Jack’s: It’s not just the food that keeps locals coming back to this eating establishment – it’s the view. If you get the chance to stop by, be sure to request a seat on the patio so you can watch the waves as you enjoy your meal. High Tides offers a variety of seafood, beer and more. For more information visit: www.snackjacks.com

Turtle Shack Café: Besides being another beach-side restaurant, Turtle Shack Café is known for its big burgers and even bigger beer selection. Seafood and sandwiches are also available for dining in or taking out. For more information call 386-693-4851.

Golden Lion Café: This café offers a local twist to beach-side dining. Aside from the variety of seafood and the ocean view, Golden Lion also has a full bar and a stage for live acoustic performances.  For more information visit www.goldenlioncafe.us

Tuscan Grille: If you’re looking for less-fishy food, check out the traditional Italian eats at the Tuscan Grill. There are several different rooms to dine in and meals are generally between $10 and $20. For more information visit: www.thetuscangrilleflagler.com

Finn’s Beachside Pub: Be sure to check out the rooftop bar when you visit this local pub. Drink specials are offered most days so you can sip on a cocktail while watching the sunset. Finn’s offers typical pub snacks such as waffle fries and cheese sticks with the addition of items including ribs, fish tacos and shrimp. For more information visit: www.finnsflagler.com

Blue at the Topaz: The unique atmosphere of this restaurant is due in part to its architecture. Patrons can dine outside on the Victorian-era wrap around porch or head inside to enjoy the lovely interior. Items on the menu include lobster mac and cheese, fried calamari, roast duck and more. For more information visit: www.blueatthetopaz.com

Java Joint Beachside: Sometimes vacationing can be exhausting. If you need a pick-me-up head to Java Joint for a fresh cup of joe. If it’s more than just coffee that you need then explore the breakfast and lunch options. For more information visit www.facebook.com/JavaJointBeachside

BeachHouse Beanery: Java Joint isn’t the only coffee shop on this side of the shoreline. BeachHouse Beanery offers a wide variety of caffeinated drinks along with typical café snacks and smoothies. For more information visit www.beachhousebeanery.com

Oceanside Beach Bar & Grille: Formerly known as Manny’s, Oceanside Beach Bar & Grill delivers everything the name implies. Since it switched owners, the restaurant has revamped its menu with the addition of new items including the shrimp and jack omelet, the fish reuben and the chicken bacon Swiss sandwich. For more information visit www.oceansideflagler.com

The Fisherman’s Net: Patrons can reel in all sorts of fresh seafood at The Fisherman’s Net. If you don’t see a dish that piques your interest on the menu, the chef will be happy to whip up whatever you’re craving. For more information visit www.thefishermansnet.com

Joseph’s Italian Bistro & Pizzeria: Who doesn’t love pizza? A New Yorker who moved to Florida to start up his business started this pizzeria more than two decades ago.  This pizza place offers all the traditional pies along with some specialty options. For more information visit www.josephsbistroflagler.com