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Good (Sea)food around Titusville/Cocoa Beach, FL?

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Hey people,

I will be travelling to the Titusville/Cocoa Beach area this coming Wed/Thu 11-12 Feb. I'm interested to know if there are any good places that I should try while I'm here. I lean towards finding a dinner place that serves fresh local seafood that is good value for money. What specific types of fish/shrimp are local and served fresh? Ambiance doesn't matter! Only the food! My budget is around max $15-20/person for lunch and $25-45/person dinner. (Since I'm from ATL, I get my fill of authentic ethnic restaurants here.)

Also, since it's FL, I assume that the Cuban places will be pretty good as well? Would like to check some places out as well. My favourite cuban sandwich shop in Atlanta closed recently and there are no good replacements. :(

I searched some threads and they were around 2 or more years old so I was wondering if there are any changes or new restaurants on the scene. Will appreciate any replies. Thanks.

P.S. Actually this trip was for the shuttle launch, but it since that got cancelled, it's now too late to change all the travel plans, so I decided to turn this into a pre-valentines trip to check out some great food places instead. Let's make the time there worth it! :D

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  1. At opposite ends of the spectrum, you have Dixie Crossroads ( http://www.dixiecrossroads.com/ ) and The Fat Snook ( http://thefatsnook.com/ ).

    Cafe Margaux is my vote for the best overall in the area. It's not predominately a seafood place, but they always have several entrees featuring some sort of seafood ( http://www.margaux.com/ )

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    1. re: cavandre

      I give a thumbs-up to Dixie Crossroads.

      john

      1. re: RibDog

        As a kid, my parents used to drive to Titusville from the Daytona area just for Dixie Crossroads but I haven't been in maybe 10 years. Good to know that some things don't change.

      2. re: cavandre

        I checked out the websites for Fat Snook and Cafe Margaux. I am amazed at the prices they are commanding for this area. I don't recall Cocoa being a popular place for the welthier snowbirds, and as I recall, most of the locals appear to live paycheck to paycheck. I can't see getting out of these places for less than $100,00 per person.

        More power to them if they can make it work

        1. re: sarge

          Those two are among the pricest (& best) in the area.

      3. I enjoy Fishlips and Grills. Great views of the cruise port and good food.

        1. Another vote for Dixie Crossroads --- I don't know much about their seafood entries, but their shrimp can't be beat. Fresh off the boats, cooked perfectly, a choice of different types of shrimp, and reasonably priced! I stop once a month on my trips fro Lauderdale to Flagler Beach - sometimess on both the way up and the return trip.

          1. I know I'm posting this past your date of traveling to Titusville, but I thought I would add my opinion for anyone searching existing posts since we live here and know many people besides ourselves that have been there. Dixie Crossroads is the most over-hyped restaurant we've ever been to! We've been many times ONLY because relatives from out of the area insist on going to give a try after buying into the hype. It's mediocre/overpriced seafood at best!!! Travel companies bring people in by the bus load. We (and many of our close friends) have never seen the appeal what so ever.