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May 14th, 2008
Food revved up at new biker venue Destination Daytona Houligan’s
Two can eat out for less than $20A massive new $3 million pub — with 20 10-foot screens, 10 52-inch plasma TVs and a dozen 32-inch wide-screen HDTVs, even in the bathrooms — doesn’t diminish the hometown flavor locals have come to know from Houligan’s A Spirited Sports Grille in Ormond Beach. The original pub still sits at the corner of Clyde Morris and West Granada boulevards, but Tim Curtis recently opened a second Houligan’s at Destination Daytona on U.S. 1 north of Interstate 95. And as staff writer Audrey Parente tells us, lunch at the new location on a recent Saturday with her buddy Laurence Bennett was worth bullying through the biker traffic.
Q. How did the place look?
The massive main dining room is thunderous with all those skyscraping screens, tuned mostly to major sports. But there’s plenty of elbowroom and a bustling bar.
Q. What about the
I bet it’d be loud and boisterous during football season or game nights, but the noise level was moderate when we were there. Helpful, friendly wait staff included servers and runners who knew as much about the food and operation as our
Q. What was on the menu?
From wings, ribs, nachos and cheesy garlic bread to fresh veggies and fried zucchini, the appetizers are traditional pub food at Houligan’s. The burgers, sandwiches and dinner platters range from bacon and Swiss and mushroom and provolone to “BBQ and Hawaiian chicken.”
Q. What entrees did you
Bennett chose the fried grouper sandwich platter — after our server made a trip back to the kitchen to assure us the grouper was not a substitute fish. I had to have the Wally Wings, because my son David used to bring them home during high school, when he was the cook at the original Houligan’s. Problem was choosing a flavor and hotness degree, so the server returned with several sauces.
Q. So how was it?
Bennett said the grouper was juicy, and the wings were delightful, especially with the garlic teriyaki sauce. The wings were as good as I remembered. Bennett helped me finish the last celery stalks and blue cheese.
Q. What was the total?
Wally Wings, $7.75; grouper sandwich, $7.95; iced tea, $1.85, totaling $18.70 with tax. A $4 tip brought the total tab to $22.70.
WHERE: 1643 N. U.S. 1, Ormond Beach
ACCESSIBILITY: There is ample parking and wheelchair accessibility.
HOURS: Open at 11 a.m. daily; closes at 10:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, midnight Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. Sunday
MISCELLANEOUS: Cash or major credit cards accepted.
PHONE: (386) 671-2285
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