Dive Bar resturants along east coast
Hi, I'm looking for "old Florida-like" establishments or sometime called Florida Dive Bars between Palm Beach County and Daytona. Places that are sometimes hard to find but worth the effort. Places that you really have to see to appriciate. Bamboo is often involved, and some double as bait shacks, and others look ready to collapse. This mission is more about the atmosphere then the food, as I am trying to get into the roots of this state by imibing at its home grown watering holes.
Let me know what comes to mind. Thanks
There used to be a great one in Melbourne on US 1 and Suntree Blvd. across from the FLORIDA TODAY building called the Pineda Inn-- big patio out on the river, cheap beer, fantastic food. I've heard they changed owners and names, so I can't vouch for the food. :-( But the atmosphere is exactly what you're looking for. Live music and lots of bikers on Sundays.
If you are more into food than beer, go to Marsh Landing in Fellsmere -- that is 100% old Florida, with gator tail, frog legs, greens, etc.
JB's Fish Camp in New Smyrna Beach would fit your bait-shack bill, not sure about their bar offerings. But like Marsh Landing, the "roots of the state" are found in its seafood, not its beer.
For more bar less food, try Capt. Hiram's in Sebastian. Might be more of a party place than you're thinking, but you can have a drink on the river in a tiki hut. :-)
Another dive bar that isn't on the water but I love is Frank N Stein's in Stuart. Cold beer on tap, Sabrett hot dogs, chili cheese fries, funny t-shirts with monsters on them. Old cranky pinball machines, wooden screened patio, interesting characters at the bar.
This sounds like a great query, I'd love to hear more suggestions.
I recommend the "Waterfront Tiki Grill" in Riviera Beach... It is located at the Riviera Marina on 13th st. ,Next light south of Blue Heron Blvd. It is on the water with a view of Peanut Island. If you wish to explore Peanut Island, It is a short water taxi trip with whom I call Captain Ron, (If you ever saw the movie)... There is snorkeling, camping, picknicing, and you can tour President Kennedy's bomb shelter. Great food, all outside. Try the Tuna Ponzu
The Beach Shack at the west end of Minuteman Causeway in Cocoa Beach. The "food" consists of chips and fritos (no prezels). Cheep booze and beer. No shoes no problem. 50 cent pool tables. Florida Dive Bar...
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Regarding the Lone Cabbage, it is a bit off the coast and a bit touristy with t-shirts and air boat tours, but is certainly a bit of authentic real-florida flavor (hey, there's nothing un-Floridian about taking money from tourist), and is also certainly water-front on the St. Johns River on highway 520 between Cocoa and Orlando very close to Interstate 95.
Also along the St. Johns River:
Yellow Bluff Marina in Volusia County east of Sanford,
Shady Oak on Highway 46 west of Deland,
and back on the coast:
Club Breakers, New Smyrna Beach, and
Snack Jack's oyster bar in Crescent Beach just a bit north of your described area of interest.