Dancing With Food
It is one of the oldest continuously operated restaurants on Beach Street and The Dancing Avocado Kitchen is still going strong after 16 years.
Where many others have come and gone, DAK – as it is sometimes referred – is still going strong. Their secret is consistency in the things that matter – it’s still owned by the same family – and yet having the ability and foresight to break with tradition and change with the times.
The Dancing Avocado Kitchen began life as a Vegan Restaurant at a time when those dishes were not exactly a favorite with local diners. Those who chose that lifestyle were sometimes dissuaded from dining at DAK by spouses who preferred a more “meaty” version of food. So over the years, they’ve adapted to change, much to the chagrin of both groups proving that you can indeed have your cake and eat it too. In fact, their theme is, “Where Carnivore and Herbivore eat together in harmony.” They’ve added beef dishes like Dave’s Burgers, a mouthwatering treat with a laundry list of add-ons to make every hamburger experience unique. That change has paid off. Today they have a loyal Vegan clientele and a menu that would please any Carnivore.
While The Avocado Kitchen has added beef and chicken to the menu, it remains primarily Vegan oriented with the Grilled Asian Veggie Wrap still a crowd favorite. The Juice Bar, clearly the most popular item on the menu, offers a variety of healthy juices including Orange Cream and Mocha Bomb, all custom made to order with only the freshest ingredients. It was inspired by a Juice Bar in California once frequented by the owner; it fast became a hit in these parts as well.
While the distinctive food choices are compelling reasons to stop by, the surroundings offer an excuse to linger longer. The restaurant is brimming with kitsch decor. One could spend hours studying the many unique items gracing the walls. And it doesn’t end with the walls. Even the ceilings have entertainment value.
This is a dining experience the entire family can enjoy and something that DAK’s family oriented owners strive to do. The Stemburger family is still hands-on with every aspect of day to day operations. And it’s clear that non-family members love their jobs. You will always be greeted with a smile, your beverages refilled without asking, and they’ll make sure your get exactly what you want, the way you want it.
The Dancing Avocado Kitchen supports the neighborhood economy by using locally grown vegetables and home-baked breads that are brought in fresh every day. DAK provides a feel good experience that promises to please all the senses. ~Deborah Boyd
Dancing Avocado Kitchen
110 South Beach Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:05 p.m.