I love this town. Every Friday night Kevin and I go to Canal Street. Now for those of you who are not familiar with New Smyrna Beach, Canal Street gets it’s name from the fact that there is a canal that runs under the street.
No kidding, you can see it at the intersection of Riverside Dr. and Canal. But that is not what makes Canal Street our favorite place to be on the weekends.
Like I said, every Friday after work we head to Canal to go to New Smyrna Beach Brewing Co. Did you know that NSB has it’s own Brewery? They do, and I love it!
It is technically called a nano-brewery. They are not open on Monday or Tuesday since that is when the owner, Chris, does all the brewing. They are open on Fridays though, and that is the perfect way to start off a weekend!
Lola and Jeff are usually behind the bar, and there is something comforting about the way they welcome us like we are Norm from the TV show “Cheers” (only not in a depressing way).
Kevin always orders the Shark Attack IPA which is their most popular brew. I, on the other hand, do not like IPA’s since I do not like the way pine trees taste. (Kevin probably just read that last sentence about the pine trees and is now arguing with the computer screen.) They do have amazing stouts and porters, though and those are right up my alley.
After a couple of beers, we then usually head over to The Cork and Bottle for dinner. Mike is the owner/chef there and he is usually in the kitchen with Jared serving up amazing meals.
Kevin has said that his lasagna is the second best he has ever eaten in his life. The best was in a little cafe in Italy that we have since learned has closed, so I guess that catapults Cork and Bottle’s lasagna to first place.
TJ and Jon are the servers there and they are both pretty amazing too. We just walk in and drinks appear in front of us. I don’t even know what the wine is that I drink, so they had better not ever leave or I will be lost without them. FYI: Jon is also an amazing photographer. He is the owner of Hinson Photography and he has taken a lot of the photos that I post on this blog.
Saturday morning Kevin and I go for a bike ride up to the New Smyrna Beach Farmer’s Market in front of City Hall by Old Fort Park. From there we then ride down Canal to The Galley for some incredible gourmet olive oil and vinegar.
If you have never been there, you need to go. They let you sample any of the oil or vinegar that they have, and will even tell you what pairs well together. After The Galley, we head down a little further to The Local Butcher. Among other things, Joel makes wonderful homemade sausage. Whether it’s breakfast, Italian, chorizo, or andouille sausage, it is always delicious. He also makes great sandwiches so you should stop in and have lunch!
If this is the 1st Saturday of the month, then the Art Stroll and the Craft Beer Walk are both going on. They close off the street to cars and art vendors set up booths with some amazing and beautiful things and 10 or so restaurants have beer for the Beer Walk.
The 2nd Saturday of each month is the East Coast Cruisers Classic Car Show. That is a must see as well.
When Kevin and I first moved here, there were only three restaurants on Canal Street but now…Holy Crap there are a ton! Kevin and I like to go to Yellow Dog Eats a lot. They are a restaurant that started out in Orlando and became so popular there they decided to open another location here. That works out well since the city of Orlando frequents NSB.
Panheads Pizzeria is another good one. They became so popular here that they opened another location in Port Orange. Of course there is also Jason’s Corner, The Corkscrew, Thai Mango, Half Wall, Big Joe’s Subs, and don’t forget Dolphin View.
Canal Street is a happening place these days. I am so fortunate to live here, and I urge all of you to check out this amazing street. You will not be disappointed!