DJ's Deck in Daytona Beach, FL
Okay, DJ's Deck is not International...
...but it needs to go into the Dining Blog for quirky regional dining!
Most folks, whether they arrive by boat or bike or Dusty Honda Element, will remember this place for the oysters. However, I will always remember it for the curious characters!
On a balmy Tuesday evening, we arrived just in time to see the grimy TOP TUNA pull up to the dock with 2 days worth of shark! You can see I am admiring the colorful plastic overalls on my new friends, Dwayne and Tom.
6 Bonus points for this very salty people encounter!
Tom and Dwayne
Dwayne's son worked with Tom at record speed, unloading about 20 headless sharks, then prepping them for the seafood shop next to DJ's. They went at these slippery fish with big hooks and knives, grumbling and laughing and answering all my stupid questions. I learned about all the government regulations that make fishermen mad...like having to "deal with the shark 2 times!". Only the beheading can be done off shore.
Most of the shark went into a big cart which was rolled into the seafood shop. But the shark fins were piled into the basket and sent off to China, for shark fin soup...according to Tom!
Dwayne, on left said he won't eat shark anymore. He was hoping "Mom" would cook spaghetti and meatballs that night, before they headed out to sea in the morning.
Food at DJ's
Since it was October...a month with an "R", Don and I ordered a dozen oysters. I'm no authority on oysters, but I at least enjoy the idea of eating oysters in Florida.
3 points to DJ's for food. Hey, the oysters were a little small. ( as if I really even know what I'm talking about when it comes to oysters)
40+ years ago when I lived in Florida, I remember my parents devouring oysters at Posie's Pool Hall near St. Marx. The 4 Meyer kids cringed while we sipped our Cokes and whined about the fact there was no food on the menu besides oysters. I remember wanting to climb the big mountain of oyster shells ouside Posie's.
I was curious why there was no such mountain outisde DJ's. When I questioned our server about what they did with all the oyster shells, he just shrugged. "We just put 'em in the trash. The trash is really heavy when you carry it out." Negative 1 point for no oyster shell mountain!
5 big old bonus points for DJ's having one of the nicest viewing spots for the sunset. Since my younger years in Florida and California were closer to the gulf and Pacific, I kind of forgot we would only see the sunrise from Daytona. But the colorful Adirondack chairs at DJ's, provided a perfect spot for viewing the Halifax River with rocking boats and glowing sun!
DJ's gets a TOTAL of 13 POINTS!!
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The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.