Cocina 214, One of the Best Restaurants in Daytona Beach, Fla.

A gorgeous beach view, delicious tacos, refreshing margaritas, and friendly staff make Cocina 214 one of the best restaurants in Daytona Beach. I recently enjoyed a tasty lunch at the Tex-Mex eatery during a business trip to Florida’s east coast.

Cocina 214 Restaurant in Daytona Beach, Fla., "You Had Me At Tacos!
Cocina 214 Restaurant in Daytona Beach, Fla., “You Had Me At Tacos!”

A Longing for Tex-Mex Cuisine Inspires Cocina 214

The first Cocina 214 restaurant opened in 2011 in Winter Park, Fla. Former Dallas resident Lambrine Macejewski and her husband moved to Central Florida and longed for the flavors of the Lone Star State. Rather than frequently trekking to Texas, they created Cocina 214. By the way, “Cocina” means “kitchen” in Spanish and “214” is the Dallas area code. The restaurant opened a second location Daytona Beach in early 2018.

Daytona Beach Restaurant: Cocina 214, March 29, 2019
Interior of Cocina 214 Restaurant in Daytona Beach, Fla., March 2019

Cocina 214 Daytona Beach for Lunch

During my lunchtime visit, it was a gorgeous, sunny day; however, it was warm and very breezy. I sat inside because I am a Floridian (we Floridians know air conditioning was invented for a reason) and enjoyed the Atlantic Ocean view from my seat. Several other diners chose to enjoy the sunshine.

Daytona Beach Restaurant: Cocina 214, March 29, 2019
Chic Decor in Cocina 214 Restaurant in Daytona Beach, Fla., March 2019.

Cocina 214’s décor reminded me of a chic, upscale diner but it is far from being a diner. The dining area is open and includes a wall of booths with chili pepper-red colored banquettes. These pop out nicely against the stone colored wall. The word “TACO” hangs on a wall. A bar is next to the dining area. Lights drop down from the ceiling and look like balls of straw. Tables and seating wind through the middle of the dining area and along the ocean-view windows where natural light shines in.

Daytona Beach Restaurant: Cocina 214, March 29, 2019
Cocina 214 Restaurant in Daytona Beach, Fla., Serves Delicious Tex-Mex with a View.

So Many Delicious Choices!

The Tex-Mex menu has so many delicious options it was hard to choose what to order. The Melt-in-Your-Mouth-Brisket tacos caught my eye, especially since it includes slow-cooked angus beef brisket. The Corn Crusted Mahi from the Los Favoritos section sounded very tasty. This dish has corn crusted mahi-mahi, spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, roasted poblano cream sauce, and served with veggie rice. Burritos, tamales, enchiladas, flautas, fajitas, and salads are on the menu, too.

Daytona Beach Restaurant: Cocina 214, March 29, 2019
Exquisite Chicken Street Tacos at Cocina 214 Restaurant in Daytona Beach, Fla., March 2019.

You’ve Got to Try the Street Tacos at this Daytona Beach Restaurant!

I chose one of the healthy menu options, Chicken Street Tacos (another option was strip steak), and the presentation is just as delicious. Petite marinated grilled chicken breast strips top three corn tortillas (there’s an option of corn or flour) on a white, rectangular dish. Chopped onions, jalapenos, and cilantro top each taco. A small bowl of fire-roasted salsa and lime wedges accompany the tacos. I love cilantro and food with a bit of kick. The ingredients melded perfectly yielding a fresh, satisfying flavor.

Daytona Beach Restaurant: Cocina 214, March 29, 2019

Cocina Guavarita with Crispy Chips and Spicy Good Salsa at the Cocina 214 Restaurant in Daytona Beach, Fla., March 2019.

I started my meal with a basket of crispy chips with the perfect amount of salt and bowl of salsa which had a nice spicy bite. My meal was accompanied with veggie rice and refried beans. I sipped the award-winning Cocina Guavarita. It’s a delightfully sweet twist on a margarita which has Don Julio Blanco, Cointreau, and guava juice served on the rocks.

Daytona Beach Restaurant: Cocina 214, March 29, 2019
Dine Outdoors at Cocina 214 and Enjoy the View of the Atlantic Ocean and the World’s Most Famous Beach, Daytona Beach, Fla., March 2019.

A Menu Worth Coming Back For

The restaurant serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Entrees include a breakfast burrito, breakfast tacos, and huevos rancheros. Outdoors and overlooking the beach is a bar, dining area, and recreational area to play cornhole or simply enjoy the view.

Daytona Beach Restaurant: Cocina 214, March 29, 2019
Find Fresh and Delicious Tex-Mex at Cocina 214 Restaurant in Daytona Beach, Fla., March 2019.

The Cocina 214 menu has many more mouthwatering options, like Mexican street corn and the Citrus Kale salad. Plus, the service was prompt and friendly. I’ll be back to Daytona Beach later this year and hope taste more of the menu. Cocina 214 is one of Daytona Beach’s best restaurants, taste them during your visit to the World’s Most Famous Beach.

Nuts & Bolts About Dining at Cocina 214

Cocina 214
451 S. Atlantic Ave.
Daytona Beach, Fla. 32118
Tel: (386) 456-3168
www.cocina214.com
Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Daytona Beach Restaurant: Cocina 214, March 29, 2019
Outside Bar at Cocina 214 Restaurant in Daytona Beach, Fla., March 2019.

The Daytona Beach restaurant shares the parking lot with Jimmy Buffett’s LandShark Bar & Grill. Parking is primarily complimentary valet.

Disclosure: I was a guest of Cocina 214 however, opinions in this post are my own. This post contains affiliate links to support this blog, my traveling habit, and my special-needs dog.

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Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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