JB's Fish Camp - New Smyrna Beach, FL

Oct 12, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Roadfood.com Reviews

JB's is a big, boisterous fish camp restaurant south of Daytona Beach where the menu offers nearly every kind of Gulf and Atlantic seafood available however you like it cooked.

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jaybo

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Oct 19, 2009
 

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Too spensive for my taste
cicero

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Jan 29, 2010
 
awesome food and atmosphere. well worth the price and i deserve good food. life is short. why be a miser?
word from off

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Feb 1, 2010
 
boy do i miss there grouper sanwitch and white russians, i grew up in nsb and have been to jb's alot. i reccomend going and yes its top dollar but worth it.

its like fine dining in the dirt....
Mbonshell

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Feb 1, 2010
 
Great food, cold beer etc. Went kayaking there in July and almost died from heat exhaustion (ok, I exaggerate a bit). We had to paddle out in between two manatee which were right at the docks at JB's which was totally cool.

We always make a point to eat at JB's at least once every year we visit. They have never disappointed.
JFK_JR

Brentwood, TN

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Feb 2, 2010
 
I remember when JB's didn't have inside bathrooms. The crabs were decent, The grouper sandwich had real grouper in it and the prices were reasonable. Now the prices are high and the quality not so high and nobody there knows how to shuck and oyster on the half shell. But my kids still love to go there. I recently "got the crabs at JB's" but they weren't very full. I sent them back!
ben

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Feb 3, 2010
 
JB'S.....needs major remodeling of the exterior......from the parking lot to dilapitated buiding......and the deck........i would classify it a "tourist trap'...the food is an ebarrasment..........it does have cold beer.....and the is staff great.(long time nsb resident......
NSBMom

Port Orange, FL

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Feb 6, 2010
 
JBs use to be a good place to go, but now it is trashy, and dirty

Got tired of the fried food boring menu.

JBs survives on the tourist industry. I dont know many locals that go there. Even for alot of tourists its a one shot deal anymore
TNArmy Mom

Columbus, OH

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Mar 5, 2010
 
NSBMom is full of crap! Sounds like she just has an attitude problem. The locals love it and the help is great! It has improved over the last four years. Had some really bad servers, but they got rid of them. I would suggest JB's to anyone - local or not!
Charles

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Mar 7, 2010
 
Charles J. from louisiana...I just returned from Bike week..I suggested we go to JB's as we did three years ago..I ordered the fried shrimp platter.. A big mistake...They had been frozen,butterflied and breaded, Kinda like Mrs.Pauls you buy at the supermarket. They had no flavor. The fries were overdone.
The beer was cold
I will not go back next year!

Since: Jun 07

New Smyrna Beach

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Mar 8, 2010
 

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It's funny... When I was young I would recommend Sea Harvest or Norwood's to anyone who asked about seafood. But Sea Harvest had their own boats and Norwood's was a fish market that happened to have a cook and a picnic table. But both always had the freshest local seafood.

At least Norwood's still has very fine seafood, but not local to be sure.

This community had a thriving seafood industry before riverfront land became too valuable. Between captains and crew, delivery drivers, an ice house, fishmongers and cashiers, and even little old ladies who would come in to head shrimp for five cents a pound, the industry directly employed a couple hundred locals. I couldn't even begin to count the number of flounder and spot I sold to Feger's over the years.

If America continues to forget about the true producers of the food we eat -- the farmers and fishermen -- all our food will come from China and Japan and Viet Nam and noone will know the meaning of fresh food. It's already happening.

Sorry for jumping on the soap box.

JB's local seafood ( clams, oysters in season, and crabs ) is great and at least one of their cooks is pretty good, don't know and can't say about the others. Just so I'm not completely off topic.
word from off

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Mar 9, 2010
 
boy i remember going to JB's with my grandfather 35 years ago when i was a youug angler and then taking old A1A to turtle mound and catching gator trout 3ft long boy those were the days, I grew up a block from norwoods and my mom would send me there with 50cents to get a smoked mullet or two and to lew jacks for milk and smokes.

Jb's starting going down hill when they got busted dumping trash in the lagoon in the late 80's early 90's refridgerators, beer bottle kitchen trash and whatever else wouldnt fit in the dumpster.

they fired the people that blew the whistle and got sued by them and had to pay restution to many a staff member. I know because i dated one of the girls who got fired and helped spend the the lawsuit money ( TY JB )

also there was sexual harrasment lawsuits that had to pay out also.

there food is expensive, someone has to pay for the drug and alchoul habits the staff and owneres have. did you know the cooks are allowed to drink while on the clock ?

i would still eat there just because i can afford to pay $25 bucks for lunch, hell we only live for a short time and why not enjoy it.

last think Clambob do you remember ryans fish house next to the north causeway on the east side, just a few hundred yards from river view charlies ?

they had way better fresh fish then anyone in town.

And sea harvest was a joke i know for a fact they sold Tile Fish for grouper they bought from Food Supply because i bought from them also and the driver and sales rep told me i should serve Tile fish like they did because people couldnt tell the difference.....
juicy lucy

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Mar 9, 2010
 
you are interesting so don't apologize about being on the soapbox.
ClamBob wrote:
It's funny... When I was young I would recommend Sea Harvest or Norwood's to anyone who asked about seafood. But Sea Harvest had their own boats and Norwood's was a fish market that happened to have a cook and a picnic table. But both always had the freshest local seafood.
At least Norwood's still has very fine seafood, but not local to be sure.
This community had a thriving seafood industry before riverfront land became too valuable. Between captains and crew, delivery drivers, an ice house, fishmongers and cashiers, and even little old ladies who would come in to head shrimp for five cents a pound, the industry directly employed a couple hundred locals. I couldn't even begin to count the number of flounder and spot I sold to Feger's over the years.
If America continues to forget about the true producers of the food we eat -- the farmers and fishermen -- all our food will come from China and Japan and Viet Nam and noone will know the meaning of fresh food. It's already happening.
Sorry for jumping on the soap box.
JB's local seafood ( clams, oysters in season, and crabs ) is great and at least one of their cooks is pretty good, don't know and can't say about the others. Just so I'm not completely off topic.
deepfried lies

Crestview, FL

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Mar 10, 2010
 
word from off wrote:
boy i remember going to JB's with my grandfather 35 years ago when i was a youug angler and then taking old A1A to turtle mound and catching gator trout 3ft long boy those were the days, I grew up a block from norwoods and my mom would send me there with 50cents to get a smoked mullet or two and to lew jacks for milk and smokes.
Jb's starting going down hill when they got busted dumping trash in the lagoon in the late 80's early 90's refridgerators, beer bottle kitchen trash and whatever else wouldnt fit in the dumpster.
they fired the people that blew the whistle and got sued by them and had to pay restution to many a staff member. I know because i dated one of the girls who got fired and helped spend the the lawsuit money ( TY JB )
also there was sexual harrasment lawsuits that had to pay out also.
there food is expensive, someone has to pay for the drug and alchoul habits the staff and owneres have. did you know the cooks are allowed to drink while on the clock ?
i would still eat there just because i can afford to pay $25 bucks for lunch, hell we only live for a short time and why not enjoy it.
last think Clambob do you remember ryans fish house next to the north causeway on the east side, just a few hundred yards from river view charlies ?
they had way better fresh fish then anyone in town.
And sea harvest was a joke i know for a fact they sold Tile Fish for grouper they bought from Food Supply because i bought from them also and the driver and sales rep told me i should serve Tile fish like they did because people couldnt tell the difference.....
Thats very intresting about the Tile fish at Seaharvest, I'm sure I ate it several times, back when "fatboy" owned the place.
He was forced to sell Seaharvest under less than honorable conditions.- Put it this way, he was not the most trustworthy person around.
I quit going there when the new owners took over due to dramatic rise in menu prices.

Since: Jun 07

New Smyrna Beach

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Mar 10, 2010
 
I don't remember Ryan's in particular, but I do remember Red's Baithouse being on the west side of the old wooden south bridge.

And the lady from Lew Jacks fed the feral cats at Callilisa every day. She had a name for every one of about 50 of them, bless her heart.
PIE

Belton, MO

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Mar 27, 2010
 
I started JB,s But it was called THE TURTLEMOUND RAW BAR and Mr. Bill Clancy made me the turtle sighn above the door he was such a great man. I beleave it was called Goldmans fish camp before that.When i started we could only steam our food no fryers,I had a dish called the turtle mound trout roll MMM,Good. Randy Hayse and i used to hang at Ryans and watch them make Cast Nets, Boy those brothers were allways grumpy HA HA. I also fished on the North bridge every day for a full year rain or shine. That was when you could catch fish. And not many people remember BB King playing at Bethume Beach. Our Boat was turned over at Reds by a manaty when it was at the south bridge,And the pink flimingos lined the south cawsway. Boy those were the days
PIE

Belton, MO

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Mar 27, 2010
 
I will never forget the sound of the screen door slaming at Norwoods. We played hooky from church coronad beach church to smoke cigs at Norwoods, and guess who walks in, the deacons!Could not sit down for a week.Lue Jacks Lue was the wife Jack was the husband. That was how they got the name. And Norwoods was a resturant with the best french fries in Florida. OH and buy the way i have pictures of JB,s from the news journl when we first opened showing the turtle sighn and myself.
PIE

Belton, MO

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Mar 27, 2010
 
Does anyone remember when we served smoked coon at JB,s it was really good.
PIE

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Mar 27, 2010
 
What about Edna at Ednas Fish camp in Eldora now that was some real seafood I almost got her recipe book.Boy that lady could oyster better than any man i know and she was in her 80s.
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Crestview, FL

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Mar 28, 2010
 
PIE wrote:
I started JB,s But it was called THE TURTLEMOUND RAW BAR and Mr. Bill Clancy made me the turtle sighn above the door he was such a great man. I beleave it was called Goldmans fish camp before that.When i started we could only steam our food no fryers,I had a dish called the turtle mound trout roll MMM,Good. Randy Hayse and i used to hang at Ryans and watch them make Cast Nets, Boy those brothers were allways grumpy HA HA. I also fished on the North bridge every day for a full year rain or shine. That was when you could catch fish. And not many people remember BB King playing at Bethume Beach. Our Boat was turned over at Reds by a manaty when it was at the south bridge,And the pink flimingos lined the south cawsway. Boy those were the days
Hi PIE, I'm sure those were some good days.It was just a little before my time.
But I remember some of the fisherman that lived along the river in old houseboats. Salt of the earth people, who would do anything to help, even if they didn't know you.
My friends and I would be waiting for the boats to come in and buy direct, usually mullet for cooking and smoking.
I don't suppose people can live in houseboats nowadays. And that lifestyle is no longer. It is good to think and talk about it, huh?

Since: Jun 07

New Smyrna Beach

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Mar 29, 2010
 
You must remember Dick and Ann Bowman. I'm preety sure Dick had a houseboat there years ago.

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