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Jul 12, 2010 10:22 AM

Cocoa Beach

We will be in Cocoa Beach for a week. In my research these are the restaurants that I've found so far. I'm still looking. How does the list look? Would you recommend others? I'm looking for one nicer restaurant and the rest moderately priced to dives with good food. We're willing to drive up to about 30 miles.

Roberto’s Cuban Café

The Fat Snook


Grill’s Seafood Deck and Tiki Bar

Florida’s Seafood Bar & Grill

Little Phillies Cheesesteaks and Hoagies

Café Margaux

Ulyssee’s Prime Steakhouse

Gregory’s Steak and Seafood Grille

Simply Delicious Café & Bakery

Sandbar Sports Grill-Melbourne

River Rocks-Melbourne

Yellow Dog Café-Melbourne

Long Doggers-Melbourne

Yellow Dog Cafe
905 S US Highway 1, Malabar, FL 32950

Fat Snook
2464 S Atlantic Ave Ste A, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

Little Phillies
190 Highway A1A Ste A, Satellite Beach, FL 32937

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  1. A well-researched list!

    Philly's & Long Doggers are among my favorite semi-dive places.

    River Rocks is really two restaurants; serious eating inside & a much more casual menu on the outdoor deck. The outside serves my favorite version of fried shrimp in the area.

    We've been to both Yellow Dog & Cafe Marguax & I'd choose Cafe for the food (plus it's less of a drive.)

    The only place I suggest you take a look at is Tonic,

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    1. re: cavandre

      Thank you so much. Tonic is now on our list.

      My husband loves Cuban food and our one Cuban restaurant just closed so of the two, Roberto's or Las Palmas Cuban, which would you prefer?

      I'd like to have a NY style pizza something we can't seem to find in our area so I'm looking at Michelli's and Pistilli's. Any thoughts?

      This is a working vacation for hubby and a relaxing vacation for me so I'm not looking high end but would prefer a relaxing vibe eatery with good food, though we might want one finer dinner. I live in Houston and we get good Asian, steak, Greek, and cajun. We love seafood of all kinds but I'd could eat fish tacos daily.

      Looks like we might be staying in Melbourne so anything in that area is fine too. Plus we've been known to drive a couple hours for a good meal though I doubt we'd have time for that.

      1. re: tlegray

        I haven't been to those 2 pizza places. The best NYC pizza I found in the area comes from Brooklyn Pizza & Pasta up in Vierra. I think it's better than the Bizzarro's over at A1A & Rt. 192. This is from someone that was born & lived the better part of my life in the NYC area.

        If you want to try Grills, you should know that they have a 2nd place called Grills Riverside. It sits on the Indian River on Rt. 1, just north of the Pineda Causeway. The menu is exactly the same as the one at the port & is a lot closer to where you'll be staying.

        If you're staying in Melbourne, I think there's a local law on the books that requires you to visit Meg O'Malleys at least once during your visit.

        Brooklyn Pizza & Pasta
        5410 Murrell Rd, Rockledge, FL 32955

        1. re: cavandre

          By law required to go to Meg O' it. We wouldn't want to offend the local magistrates so it's at the top of our list :-) Menu looks great.

          Brooklyn Pizza looks great too. Thank you so much. We won't be going until August....yes I know it's going to be hot, but I live in Houston so I'm use to it and FL has beautiful beaches...I will make a full report when we get back.

          Thank you so much.

    2. If you're venturing up to Port Cananveral for Grills, there's also Fishlips in the same strip. I'd perfer Grills but if crowded Fishlips does a good job and they have Magic Hat on tap!!

      If you're down in Melbourne and feel like skirting the law, or can't find a Longdoggers try Rolli's across from the muni golf course for excellent sandwiches (TIP: 1 order of reg fries feeds 2)

      620 W New Haven Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901

      1. I'd stay away from Florida’s Seafood Bar & Grill. Not good, not good at all. A tourist trap through and through. It's a plastic tableware-prepackaged salad dressing-fake pirate leg on the wall kind of place.

        Grease is the word.

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        1. re: bkhuna

          Thanks...with so many good choices we've decided to take Florida's Seafood off the list.

        2. Highly Recommended! I grew up in Philly. These guys import their rolls/lunchmeat from Philly and put care into each cheesesteak and hoagie they make. We found Cocoa Beach to be one of the greatest beaches on the Space Coast and took the short drive to Satellite Beach for lunch every day. Great Food, Friendly Service, perfect for whole family.

          My wife and I were really happy to have a place where we had OUR standards met and the kids begged to go back every day. This was a slam dunk!

          Nice to see they were on your short list.

          1. Thank you all. We have quite the growing list and Phillies is a definite yes. As are quite a few of the others. I'm not sure how I'm going to get to all the places I want to try in the limited time I've got. Thanks again and I will be posting a report when we get back.

            BTW we will be staying in Melbourne

            For those planning a trip I've also found the following for breakfast/coffee options:

            Java Surf
            110 S. Miramar

            BeachSide Café
            109 5th ave

            Blue Lemon Café
            1301 S. Patrick Dr
            Satellite Beach
            closed on Monday’s; open 9:30-2:30
            crepe’s of all sorts
            voted best café in Brevard
            could try for one breakfast/brunch

            Simply Delicious Café & Bakery
            125 North Orlando
            Cocoa Beach

            Sand on the Beach Bar and Grill
            1005 Atlantic Street
            Mon-Thurs 8-11, Fri-Sun 8-12, Lunch and Dinner all day
            They serve breakfast and it’s on the beach

            And a grocery store with wine options:

            Melbourne Beach Market
            302 Ocean Ave
            Open 8-6 sun, 8-8 Mon-Sat
            Extensive wine selection

            Blue Lemon Cafe
            1301 S Patrick Dr Ste 81, Satellite Beach, FL 32937

            4 Replies
            1. re: tlegray

              Local buzz on Sand on the Beach has been mixed, at best.

              Another local market you might want to check out is The Green Turtle.


              1. re: cavandre

                Thanks cavandre. I'll take Sand on the Beach off the list. I'm not much of a breakfast person but like a good cup of coffee and a place to lounge while I'm waking up.

                I'm definitely adding The Green Turtle Market though. I like going to local groceries stores wherever I travel so I just might make an afternoon of it and visit both stores. I'll be in a hotel so I won't be cooking but I will be shopping for wine to drink and wines I can't find in TX.

                I'm also looking at Conch Key Grille & Squid Lips as possible lunch places for me to eat lunch alone. I'm getting these recommendations from JSC/KSC employees. Not sure they are foodies though.

                I'm really excited about my visit. It's been years since I was in the KSC area and I don't remember there being so much there.

                Green Turtle Market
                855 E Eau Gallie Blvd, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937

                1. re: tlegray

                  Heading north on Rt. 1 from downtown Melbourne, Squid Lips is the closest. Conch Key is further north & sits between Grills Riverside & River Rocks. In terms of food, I would rate them River Rocks, Grills, Squid Lips & Conch Key.

                  Another choice for lunch is Bizzarro's Pizza in Indialantic. It sits right on the beach & serves a pretty good NYC style pizza which you can get by the slice. It's located right at the intersection of Rt. 192 (5th Ave.) & Rt. A1A.

                  1. re: cavandre

                    Thanks for the Bizzarro's recommend. It looks like an ideal lunch spot. River Rock is on our short list. Grill's menu looks interesting with it's seaweed salad. It's on my lunch list if I'm in the Cape Canaveral area. I will have a car and have planned some day trips depending on weather. I keep saying I'm done with my list but then I get more recommendations or do more research and well.... you probably know how that goes. This trip better come soon. Thanks again for all your help