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pp48 Aug 27, 2006 07:07 PM

Our family will be travelling soon to Brevard County--any good recommendations for restaurants (any type) and good ethnic markets would be appreciated.


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    pp48 Aug 28, 2006 03:06 PM

    Thank you so much for the information; I will let you know what else I find. I did eat in Islamorada (Pinero's) recently and the food was great!. He is up in Suntree off Wickham, (I can't remember which shopping center, but I remeber there was a fitness center a few doors down-LOL after eating that meal, I probably needed a work-out!)


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    1. re: pp48
      Covert Ops Aug 28, 2006 03:33 PM

      That's the one! We looked over there but were so hungry we might have went blind. My husband will be thrilled -- he loved it when it was called Islamorada and down on Lake Washington.

      Did he still have the lunch buffet? It sounds like a bad idea but my husband swore by it.

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        mosquitobeeter Jun 2, 2008 01:59 PM

        ok, so i have been to the best restaurant on the coast and it has a theme and everything, it is called Ashley's it is right on the railroad tracks on Us1 and it is fantastic, plus they say it is haunted and the ghosts come out at night, it has some of the best food, and it is very reasonable.

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        cavandre Sep 9, 2006 09:46 PM

        While Bella's is good, we prefer Silvestro's in Cocoa Beach.

        And our favorite is Pineda Crossing at US1 & the Pineda Causeway.

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          pp48 Sep 13, 2006 08:56 PM

          Thanks for all your postings!

          I have to say that the meal we had at the Pineda Causeway was quite good! Had some kind of mushroom and crab appetizer which was great plus very good main dishes.

          As an aside, after spending the money at Pineda, we tried Nikas for a simple dinner. I have to say that the Greek dishes we had (dolmadies, pasticchio and moussaka along with a goood salad) were pretty good. Unfortunetly, they forgot to bring the bread! Anyway, at $9 to &10 for the meal, I have to say its good.


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            dlindsay Sep 20, 2006 03:31 AM

            there is a little gem called Cafe Stella Blue on Rte 1, in the FL Driver License strip mall between the Eau Gallie and Pineda Causways, west side. Chef owner, wine oriented, dinner only, call for the menu- it's that small. Pricy though.

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              elenoise Sep 20, 2006 04:04 AM

              Hello! I grew up in brevard county, and my mom is a chef (she owns a bed and breakfast there...)

              my favorites:

              -The Mango Tree (cocoa beach, fine dining-- I grew up eating here. a wonderful experience, gorgeous dining room.)
              -Pizza Gallery and second Bizarros (multiple locations, pizza gallery has a million different pizza toppings to choose from-- everything from mashed potatoes to spagetti, etc artist-themed pizzas, local art. really fun place. Bizarros pizza just is simple, new york style and completely delicious)
              -Asian Gourmet (melbourne--hole in the wall asian restaurant, delicious! next to a health food store i used to work at-- nature's market, and they have great smoothies and fresh juices)
              -Salt and Sweet (melbourne/eau gallie, polish food mmm..)
              -Agree with Petty's market! also the green turtle market in indiatlantic-- but its not as good as petty's
              -Dixie Crossroads (titusville, renowned for consistantly good seafood)
              -Another vote for Pineda Crossings
              -for sushi-- Hiokis (palm bay, off US1-- really in a league of their own, they have been around forever. wonderful waitstaff. my aunt and uncle have been going there for ten+ years
              -The Strawberry Mansion/Mr. Beaujeans (melbourne--THE WAFFLES. the best you can find ANYWHERE. really wonderful to eat out on the patio for brunch on a beautiful day. )
              -there is a great indian/thai market off of US1 in melbourne, very helpful people.
              -Yen Yen (chinese, cocoa beach... been around forever. tasty.)
              -Cafe Margeaux- cocoa village, french cuisine/fine dining Not To Be Missed!
              -Cafe Coconut Grove
              -Bacco- off wickham road (wonderful. wonderful italian, great wines. truly nice people)
              -Captain Hirams (us1, an old standby dive, great seafood)

              if i think of any others, i will let you know! enjoy brevard county...!!


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              1. re: elenoise
                cavandre Sep 16, 2007 08:21 AM

                Re: pizza

                Bizarros on the Indiatlantic Beach used to be my favorite for NYC style pizza. Not anymore. Brooklyn Pizza & Pasta (NW corner of Murrell & Viera) now has that distinction.

                Info note: this comes from someone who had been a 50+ year resident of the NYC area.

              2. littlelea Sep 20, 2006 03:31 PM

                I have lived in Brevard most of my life, and have to dissagree about Dixie Crossroads. Besides their shellfish and rock shrimp... most of the fish they serve is deep fried and nothing spectacular. If you do go... go for the rock shrimp, it is what made them famous.

                Salt & Sweet is fantastic. You wouldnt know it from the outside, the dining area is nice and spacious, service is impecable, a nice menu of Polish beers, portions large enough to feed you for several days. ;-)

                Haru's for sushi and korean food. Really beautiful food presentation here.

                Cafe Margeux has fantastic European cuisine and even better service. The owner makes it a point to get to know his patrons and I have yet to be there a night that he isnt mingling.

                Continental Flambe -more Euro cuisine, they have a really modestly priced fixed menu... as well as a dead cheap weekly wine tasting menu. Really great food, I am always fascinated by the tiny size of their open kitchen, and the food they produce from it. Also a MASSIVE wine list.

                Asian Gourmet I agree is fantastic, excellent prices, mostly Vietnamese cuisine.

                Taste of India for a good curry. Am consistently disappointed with the service there however. But the food more than makes up for it.

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                  cavandre Sep 23, 2006 08:48 PM

                  In the old location of "Pizza Gallery & Grill" on Wickham Road,a new restaurant named "World Beat" has just openned.

                  It's menu is all appetizers/tappas...maybe 3 or 4 dozen different ones listed on the menu. Went in a couple of nights ago & tried a few. All were quite good. We will return.

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                    TeamAmerica Jul 30, 2007 12:45 PM

                    If you love middle eastern there is this wonderful little place called Cedar's Cafe, in the post commons shopping center. It's right next door to Sten Mart, accross from BCC Melbourne... When you go U should definately have the shish Taouk Skewer on Veggis and Rice... the garlic sauce is soo good!

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                      foodluvur Aug 20, 2007 08:31 AM

                      That is so funny teamamerica I have that same dish all of the time at Cedars. It is the best. Do I know you?

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                      chezblanc Oct 26, 2007 10:32 AM

                      The food at The Palm at Kiwi Tennis Club is exceptional, the menu is varied and the prices are good. Friday night fish night and Saturday night Prime Rib are popular. Reservations are suggested though.

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                        cavandre Oct 26, 2007 01:20 PM

                        A little gem has opened up & should be tried: Vina Belle. Sort of Continental/Asian fusion. It's at 2447 Wickham (East side) in a strip mall, on the side that borders Wickham.

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                          cavandre Jun 3, 2008 07:47 AM

                          Two solid additions for everyday Italian in the Suntree/Viera/Rockledge area...

                          Amici's ( http://www.amicis-viera.com/


                          Portabello's makes a lot of good things, especially his Marsala sauce. It's in Peddler's Village on US1 in Rockledge.

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                          1. re: cavandre
                            Covert Ops Nov 8, 2008 08:55 PM

                            Hey cavandre I just tried Brooklyn's on Halloween, that's the old Goodfellas place, right?
                            I didn't have their pie, but their manicotti was great. I like their sauce, it's got a good kick to it. How does the pie compare to, say, Bizzarro's?
                            Though I have to say I can't stand Bizzarro's regular pie lately. I always get white, which is great, but now their regular pie is just DROWNING in oregano. We ordered it at the paper for Election Night and everyoen else agreed.
                            For calzones, my new fav place is NY Pizza or whatever the hell Big Apple is calling itself these days (in the Outback plaza on Wickham). 2-4-1 beers every night!

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                              cavandre Nov 9, 2008 03:52 AM

                              Brooklyn makes the best NYC pizza that I've found in the area. The crust is crispy enough to fold the slice in half & pick it up without the tip sagging down, with just the right amount of cheese & sauce. I like it better than any of the Bizzaro's, including the beachside one at A1A & 192.

                              Have you tried "Little Phillies" in Satellite Beach for a Philly Cheesesteak? This place doesn't have much atmosphere, but does make a very legit sandwich, with onions & your choice of American, Provalone or Cheese Whiz.. It's on the west side of A1A, about 100 yards south of the Pineda Causeway intersection.

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                                Covert Ops Nov 10, 2008 06:51 PM

                                Thanks, cav, I'll try Brooklyn's pizza soon. (As soon as I can wrest hubby off the diet he's imposed on both of us, lol!)
                                I'm from north Jersey, so I'm no cheesesteak expert. Is that Little Phillies place new? I saw a road sign for them recently.
                                Have you eaten in the Avenues much? We live up there so we've been wandering around. We tried that Pan Asian Fusion place by World Market, that looks like a Panda Express. Not much in the way of atmosphere and the beer's a little expensive, but hubby likes it bc he can smoke outside. However, the sushi was absolutely top notch. WAY better than the looks of the place indicated. Reasonable too, if you don't mind ordering your food at a counter.

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                                  cavandre Nov 11, 2008 04:17 AM

                                  Little Phillies is sort of new...the guy was selling the sandwichs out of a truck he'd park in the area, but he was selling so many that the kitchen in the truck couldn't handle the volume, so he openned the store. It doesn't have any ambiance, but it does make a very good cheesesteak.

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                                    cavandre Nov 14, 2008 08:25 AM

                                    We're another split household...she likes sushi & I like Chinese. We end up at Lucky Garden 2 (6300 Wickham...where the YMCA and Charlie & Jake's are located.) It has real table service and is a lot quieter than Pan Asian & it's just a quick walk outside for a smoke.

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                                      Covert Ops Nov 15, 2008 08:18 PM

                                      Glad to hear Lucky Garden 2 is still good -- we had a Christmas dinner there about 6 or 7 years ago (no I'm not Jewish, just didn't feel like cooking that year). I was really excited bc they had real pan-fried noodles, something that's hard to find down here.
                                      Does Mrs. Cav like their sushi? I never tried it. I recall they used to have a crazy sushi buffet or something, not sure if that's still the case.

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                                        cavandre Nov 16, 2008 03:50 AM

                                        She really enjoys their sushi. No buffet here....all dishes are ala carte & prepared to order. Info note: No sushi on Monday...guess that that's the sushi chief's day off.

                            2. Covert Ops Nov 10, 2008 07:28 PM

                              Man, this thread is getting old. ..
                              Anyways, tried a fantastic new breakfast place, Suntree Deli, behind Blockbuster in the Publix plaza on Wickham where Manhattan Bagel used to be.
                              OMG this place is awesome. Very friendly service, outdoor dining available, and I had the most incredible omelette: they called it The Popeye, and it had spinach, feta, mushrooms and garlic. I can usually polish off a 3-egg omelette but this was too huge, I had to reheat it the next day and STILL died over it.
                              DH said their biscuit could use some work, but at least it was big. (It was a bit dry, but we were there kinda late. . .)
                              Their hashbrowns come in a thick slab that's crispy on the outside and all soft and tender on the inside.
                              Best of all -- they have the best coffee I've tasted in YEARS. My mom dragged me to Bob Evans a month ago and their coffee was so horrible it was undrinkable, and I despaired. This place, I asked for thirds. I'd stop there just to pick up a cup in the morning instead of 7-11.
                              I was super sad MB was gone, and wondering why no one thought Suntree could support a bagel shop with all these northern transplants, but this new place blows the hell outta Nikis (where I always end up waiting 40 minutes for scrambled eggs). Best of all, they serve breakfast the whole time they're open, until about 3, so it's perfect for late-risers like myself. :-)

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                              1. re: Covert Ops
                                cavandre Nov 11, 2008 05:21 AM

                                Re: bagels

                                As someone that was born & lived most of my life in the NYC area, I've been mostly disappointed with the bagels shops down here. I have found relief in the most unlikely place...the frozen food section of Publix! They carry Ray's NY Bagels. You have to bake them in the oven for 5-7 minutes, but that beats having to get into the car for a mediocre product.

                                1. re: cavandre
                                  Covert Ops Nov 13, 2008 08:18 PM

                                  I dimly remember that there was a place on Lake Washington (by the Polish restaurant and Wagon Wheel) that was decent. But it's been years.

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                                chowchow76 Aug 22, 2012 09:59 AM

                                There are lots of good local cuisine in Brevard County that are worth looking into but I would have to say the best is the Farmers Market. Fresh produce and nice people, it is the way to go for good local food from the area. Try checking out Palm Bay as well, a short drive away and a good way on saving money and sticking close to the beach as well! I just attended a wedding at the Palm Bay Hotel (www.palmbay-hotel.com) and it was phenomenal. Great venue and we ended up staying there we liked it so much- could not believe how affordable it was!

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                                  nwtek Sep 13, 2012 01:41 PM

                                  Palm Tree Cafe has new Owners. Amanda was on Season 6 of Hell's Kitchen & the food is awesome. Corn Beef Hash & Eggs don't see like something special, but they make all from scratch and it's to die for as well as their Corn Beef Reuben. It's about a 1/4 mile North of the Water Tower on US Hwy 1 in Cocoa FL

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