Since moving to New Smyrna Beach, my wife and I have enjoyed getting to explore all the great locally owned and operated food options it has to offer.
Our home is a short two block walk away from the center of Downtown.
We recently had the opportunity to check out one of the newest additions to Canal Street, The Local Pearl.
Chef Henry Salgado is a neighbor and we were excited to see what he had created.
We started with an order of calamari while the final preparations were being made to open the raw bar. (oysters arrive fresh daily)
Lightly fried along with jalapeño slices, it was delicious.
We started with a dozen Texas oysters that were being featured for happy hour ($1 /oyster). They were followed with another TX order and a third that were a combination of oysters sourced from the Florida panhandle.
Kyle was on the oyster knife behind the bar & he was very efficient and a pleasure to talk with about our selections. It’s clear he enjoys his ambassadorial role and is well suited for it.
If you have fresh oysters on your mind in New Smyrna Beach, head down to Canal Street and visit, you won’t be disappointed.
There are local oysters you can have on the menu as well. The are raised just a few miles away in the backwaters of Mosquito Lagoon by the Indian River Oyster Company.