5993 S. Ridgewood Drive
Located just south of Daytona Beach, FL on US 1 is a great find called Hidden Treasure. As you approach the entrance of the Hidden Treasure Bar & Grill you’re struck with the unique nature of the décor. A piece of relatively recent Florida history, this restaurant is a reminder of how locals used their main resources, the ocean, to feed themselves and each other. Of course, with new owners, the menu has evolved and has many more choices; but the ambiance is still that of a good old fish camp.
Dining on Pylons
Being a former fish camp, the restaurant is built over the water on Rose Bay, by what the locals call the three bridges, in order to accommodate the tides, and have easy access for fishing boats. The restaurant is also complete with a fish cleaning station and traps, which I think are used for decoration now. There is also plenty of outside seating and also a garden seating area that’s pretty cool. Tiki torches are lit at night and they also have fans and misters to keep you cool.
Don’t Forget to Look Up
Be on the lookout for all the hand carved things on the walls and ceiling, not to mention all the boat engines that line the walls. There is so much to look at in this place, a virtual museum of Florida fishing life. Make sure before you leave to make the rounds around the large bar, shaped like a boat, to see all the “art” on the walls and ceiling, so amazing!
So How Was the Food
We were seated outside and after we ordered it started to rain, so everyone ran inside, and still our server Denise found us and we were served our food, within 20 minutes. Pretty impressive for a crowded restaurant where the servers have no idea where their customers went! The portions were generous and very good. My husband had the burger for $7.95 and I had a salad for $4.95, but they also have a steamed veggie plate for you vegans out there for $6.99 that looked pretty good. The menu is mostly, you guessed it, Florida Kracker Faire, fish, shrimp, conch, crab and gator, and such, but they do have some land lover stuff also. The dinner prices range from $6.95 to about $23.00 and they also have a great Happy Hour. Parking is limited but they have valet service to make it easier. Shorts and flip flops are suggested attire and bring a camera, of course. I would recommend Hidden Treasure rain or shine. The locals seem to love it as well.
See you at the Beach!