I live in New Smyrna Beach, FL, so know the local restaurants intimately, there's not a whole lot of top notch choices in thinking. Spanish River Grill is excellent, but loud and pricey and very crowded. Mahoney's is fun for the pub atmosphere and the unique steamed seafood stews, but it's a bar really, with a couple of picnic tables outside and maybe 8 booths and tables inside, plus the bar. But, Cafe Verde, oh my! I'd eat there 2x a day if I could (they don't serve breakfast). I consider myself a creative healthy cook and CV is like my best efforts. Not many restaurants in my opinion can beat a fresh local foods home-created meal, but CV manages this with ease. The menu is not huge, I like that, it means they take pride in refining their specialties. I'd say it is Nouveau Mexican at it's best. Did I make that term up, maybe; here's what I mean. Tacos, Ceviche, unique Salads, but with a healthy local food approach: fresh herbs, clean piquant flavors. There are Gyros for the sandwich lover and some simply decadent Mexican desserts like Flan and Bananas Foster to top off your meal. My fave? The shrimp ceviche salad, I could eat it two times a day!! Half an avocado, shrimp, tiny little cubes of watermelon, lovely lettuce and herbs, and two different light dressings, mmmmm. Don't miss the Yuca fries with garlic/lemon oil dip, OMG, to die for. I throw all caution to the wind when they are in front of me. I have company coming soon and we'll eat there at least a couple of times. Did I say how reasonable the prices are, VERY. Don't miss it if you're in NSB.
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