Norwood's Eatery & Treehouse Bar Review

 

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For months, I have been wanting to go to Norwood's Eatery & Treehouse Bar, located at 400 E. 2nd Avenue in New Smyrna Beach. I was drawn to the treehouse style diner as we drove by many times. Today was the day we finally decided to give it a try, stopping in for lunch. Norwood's offers a main restaurant and dining area, and then there is the treehouse, which you go upstairs for. We wanted to go to the treehouse area, however, the main dining area looked like a nice place, offering both indoor and outdoor seating.

The Norwood's Treehouse Bar is an area that has been built around the trees, which I really like. There is a bar, and numerous tables and chairs. Although it was hot outside, we were not hot at all dining outdoors in the treehouse, because they have fans going. It was actually quite pleasant sitting there. 

I had looked at their menu online before we arrived and had spotted two dishes that we wanted to get. However, when we arrived the online menu and the one in person were not the same. One of the dishes we had wanted to try was not on the menu in person. That was okay though, because we were still able to find two dishes we wanted to try.  My husband and I like to get two different dishes when we go to new places, so that we can do a "switcharoo," and each take part of the other dish. That way we get to try both dishes. 

We ended up ordering the Parisian gnocchi and the sweet potato burger. I had unsweet iced tea with no lemon, and my husband opted for a draft beer. The food arrived and it looked good. We split it up on the plates and tried the dishes out. The sweet potato burger is curry spiced, so it kind of tastes like an Indian style veggie burger. It was really good! It offered a combination of a curry flavor and a sweet flavor, which we both really liked. The sweet potato burger is made from sweet potato and quinoa, and is then topped with coconut curry sauce and coconut "bacon." It comes served with fries and a hush puppy. The Parisian gnocchi is has a variety of veggies in a corn alfredo sauce. The sauce was tasty and there was a nice variety of vegetables in the dish. It was also good!

We really liked both of the dishes that we tried and give them a thumbs up. We both liked the food and atmosphere at Norwood's, and we would go back there again!

- Jacqueline
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First Watch Port Orange Review

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Today, I met a friend at First Watch in Port Orange for breakfast. I had never been there, but she likes the restaurant and suggested it. 

I was pleasantly surprised when I walked inside the restaurant. It looked bigger and nicer than I had imagined. I really liked the look and feel of the restaurant. There are plenty of tables, a nice Port Orange painting on the wall, and there was an overall nice atmosphere. We were shown to a booth and our breakfast outing began. 

I had already looked at the menu the day before, so that I could see if there was something I'd want to eat. As it turned out, there were several options I was interested in trying, but I had my heart set on the Triple Berry Acai Bowl, which is a seasonal item. Sue ordered the Market Veg Omelet, and we both had unsweet iced tea (hers with lemon, mine without). The food arrived and looked great. 

The acai bowl was absolutely delicious! I ate every bit of it and felt like licking the bowl after I was finished. The dish has organic acai, which was semi-frozen, and it was topped with fresh strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and their housemade granola. I loved every bite of it! The bowl was served with their whole grain artisan bread and is topped with almond butter. I loved that touch as well, because it was nice to go back and forth between the cold acai bowl and the almond butter toast. It made for a great combination. Sue's omelet had roasted zucchini, Crimini mushrooms, shallots, kale and tomatoes with Goat cheese and fresh herbs. She said that the omelet was really good.

I will go back to First Watch again. I loved the acai bowl and already saw some other dishes on their menu I'd like to try, including a coconut chia seed bowl. 

The meal for the iced tea and acai bowl was almost $14 before tip. There is also a First Watch in Daytona Beach on International Speedway Blvd.

- Jacqueline
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