Blackbeards is located at the corner of Wayne and US 1 (Dixie Freeway) in New Smyrna Beach. This restaurant is not a tourist trap, but was filled with locals, and for a reason. Parking was ample, and seating was by booth or table, but plenty of room in the large and smaller dining rooms. The writer was surprised to see several families dining. The reason seems to be the value for the buck. This restaurant is homey with friendly service and is a great experience for children as well as adults. No fast food feeling here, though. People were enjoying themselves, but the noise was not distracting or too loud to converse.
The menu is varied and Blackbeards is noted for their fresh seafood as well as prime rib. As might be expected, this restaurant is very popular and one may have to wait for a table during peak dining. Drinks were ordered and a bucket of warm rolls and cinnamon buns was given to the table of four. Fresh, shucked oysters and clams are available but the party started with Oysters Rockefeller, but without any cheese. Twelve large oysters (Texas) were served and prepared nicely with spinach and herbs. Instead of an individual salad, a salad bar is available. The writer is not a fancier of salad bars, but this one had fresh greens, toppings, salads etc. Not to be missed, however, is the fresh fish chowder. This alone was worth getting up and serving oneself. Still, it is a salad bar and the writer would prefer a served salad, but again, for families this is a great introduction for kids to sample different items.
Our dinners were selected from fish courses including shrimp, scallops and white roughy. All selections were prepared well and simply. A potato choice was also given such as baked, french fries or sweet potatoes. Again, tasty and simply prepared. Portions were large and a great value for the price. The diners did not have any room left for dessert.
Blackbeards is a very popular restaurant and understandably so. Fresh food at a fair price with ample portions and a varied menu. Service was attentive and enjoyable. The writer would not hesitate to return to this enjoyable dining experience.
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