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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

Silvestro’s

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

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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,

    http://www.tonicstateofmind.com/

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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.

        http://brooklynpizza-pasta.com/
        http://www.megomalleys.com/

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

        1. re: cavandre

          By law required to go to Meg O'Malleys...got 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)

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      Rolli
      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.

          http://www.littlephillies.com

          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
            Indialantic

            BeachSide Café
            http://www.thebeachsidecafe.com/
            109 5th ave
            Indialantic

            Blue Lemon Café
            http://www.bluelemoncafe.com/
            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
            http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/219/10812...
            125 North Orlando
            Cocoa Beach

            Sand on the Beach Bar and Grill
            http://www.citytropics.com/sand.html
            1005 Atlantic Street
            Melbourne
            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
            http://www.melbournebeachmarket.com/
            302 Ocean Ave
            Melbourne
            Open 8-6 sun, 8-8 Mon-Sat
            Extensive wine selection

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

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            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.

              http://www.greenturtlemarket.com/

              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.

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                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

            2. You can't miss Café Margaux--I live in St. Petersburg and make the drive over to Cocoa just to check out the Highwayman art galleries there and to eat by the fountain in the courtyard at Café Margaux. Absolutely stellar food served in a great atmosphere!

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              1. re: laboheme

                Thanks...it's on my lunch list. What do you like there? Any must have's?

              2. Also found Pineda Crossing
                http://www.pinedacrossing.com/
                for others that might be interested.

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                  1. re: cavandre

                    I leave next Monday. I will do a trip report. I promise.

                1. Now that I'm back I want to thank you all for the wonderful recommendations. We didn't have one bad meal. Actually all were good to excellent and we would return to all of them. I only wish I'd have had more time to get to some of the others. I've listed the restaurants in alphabetical order with addresses and web sites when they had one and the 2 markets at the end. Thank you again.

                  Blue Lemon Cafe-I think I found this place on Urban Spoon or Metromix Brevard. This was a nice little find. I had the croque tomate. A toasted mozzarella, tomato, basil, and parmesan sandwich that came with a mixed baby greens salad. So good. The hot sandwich was more of a cheese toast. I couldn’t really taste the mozzarella but the parmesan on top and the basil more then made up for it. The salad was my favorite salad of the whole trip. Just a basic salad but very fresh. They also offer quiche, crepes and other sandwiches. It’s a small place with maybe 14 tables. All but a couple were full. They only had one server and she was hustling. Service was good and you were never left wanting. A small feat for that lone server.

                  Blue Lemon Café
                  1301 S. Patrick
                  Satellite Beach
                  http://www.bluelemoncafe.com/

                  Brooklyn Pizza- my husband said it best when he said he was glad we didn’t have one of these close to our home because we'd be in trouble. It was all good. We had house salads, garlic knots, and a pizza with sausage mushrooms n olives. The pizza was exactly what we were hoping for. The sauce tasted like a home made tomato sauce. Not too sweet. I could eat one of their cheese pizzas and be happy. Actually that would be what I’d order the next time because it didn’t need the other toppings. The pizza reminded me of pizzas we’ve had in Italy. Garlic knots were over kill but we've had something similar in CA and had to try. They were good with lots of crushed garlic n olive oil on top. The garlic on top was the best. Crushed garlic that tasted as though it had been simmered in olive oil just enough to take the bite off and allowed to marinate. Everyone in the place was ordering pizza but they offered other entrees plus specials of the week. I’m not sure I’d try anything else just because I couldn’t get past the pizza. This place is in Viera. We were staying in Melbourne Beach. It was well worth the drive and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

                  Brooklyn Pizza & Pasta
                  5410 Murrell Road Suite 211
                  Viera
                  http://brooklynpizza-pasta.com/

                  Cafe Margaux-Interesting little place right in Cocoa Village. The décor is right out of the 1980’s not that that matters when the food is so good. I had the chicken marguax and my husband had the crepe of the day which was chicken and vegetables covered in a shallot cream sauce. Both entrees came with soup or salad, mashed potatoes and a half of a tomato that had been lightly broiled with cheese. We both had the house salad and they were very fresh. Everything we had was very good but if I had to pick one entrée over the other I would pick the crepe. Service here was a little lacking but not bad. Our server seemed pretentious which maybe is what they are going for. Our salads were barely half done and our entrees came out and we weren’t lingering over them. Neither of these things would keep me from returning.

                  Café Margaux
                  220 Brevard Ave
                  Cocoa
                  http://www.margaux.com/

                  the Dock at River Rocks-Everything about this place was perfect. We got there early to enjoy the weather and a glass of wine. Wines at the bar are limited so we asked for the restaurant wine list and found a bottle we like and rarely find so we ended up with a bottle of wine instead of 2 glasses. Not a bad thing. We started with the dock dip, a lobster crab dip served with flat bread. It was delicious. For entrees I had the Caesar salad and blackened mahi from the Dock’s menu. My husband ordered prime rib off the restaurant menu. It was all excellent. Service was fantastic too. Our server was always ready with suggestions without being intrusive. All in a beautiful setting. We were there on a Wednesday night. Thursday night is Jazz night. We drove by on Thursday late afternoon and the place was packed.

                  River Rocks
                  6485 South US 1
                  Rockledge
                  http://www.riverrocksrestaurant.com/

                  Grills (Riverside)-It’s right on the water with a great view. The place has only been open 4 months. We both had the mahi sandwich, onion rings, and tiramisu. All of it was delicious. Our server told us that the Chef had been on the Regis and Kelly show demonstrating how to make this sandwich. We had to try it. The mahi was cooked perfectly for the sandwich and was on a soft french roll that suited it well. The onion rings were beer battered. I think they make them there since the larger rings were a little doughy. They were ok. Tiramisu had good flavor but the mascarpone filling was a little denser and firmer then I’m use to. They offer dockside parking for boats. The place was packed with people streaming in. Service was excellent.
                  Grills
                  6075 N US 1
                  Riverside
                  http://www.grillsseafood.com/

                  Little Phillies-We ordered a philly cheesesteak with, mushrooms, green pepper, and provolone. I’ve never had an authentic philly cheesesteak so I have nothing to compare it to but this was very good. I could see me wanting to go here regularly if I lived nearby. Meat was juicy and flavor combinations were good. Bread was soft and almost melted. We also ordered the fries onion ring combo. Which we both thought was just ok. I don’t know that I would order them again but the sandwich more then makes up for them. Service was excellent. Place is in a tiny older strip mall and nothing fancy but this was a find. Thanks for the recommendation. I wouldn’t have noticed the place otherwise.

                  Little Phillies Cheesesteaks
                  190 A1A
                  Satellite Beach
                  http://www.littlephillies.com

                  Long Doggers (Indialantic)- If I lived in the area I could just hang out here, have something to drink, and read a book. I had the blackened mahi sandwich which comes with cole slaw and tartar sauce on the side. Even though I thought the mahi was a little overcooked (which it might have needed to be to hold up in a sandwich) I thought it was delicious even down to the bread the sandwich was made on. The tartar sauce was good too. Service was excellent. There looked like they had a good selection of beers. My only complaint...I could have had more cole slaw. The place was full of locals at lunch time which says something right there.

                  Long Doggers
                  890 Hwy A1A
                  Indialantic
                  http://www.longdoggers.com/

                  Meg O’Malley’s-A nice Irish pub. Seemed like a great place to meet friends and just hang out. We had the Spinach salad, ribs, cole slaw, and onion straws. Everything was wonderful with the exception of the spinach salad which was just ok. I know, who orders a spinach salad at an Irish pub? I like salads and that looked the most interesting to me. I wasn’t expecting it to be stellar so I was ok with it. Ribs are a house specialty and just fell off the bone. Cole slaw wasn’t a sweet slaw and was very good plus you were given a nice serving as a side that we were able to share. It would definitely be a side I would order. Onion strings were addicting. I’d have to order those every time I went. One order was plenty for the two plus to share.

                  Meg O’Malley’s
                  812 E New Haven
                  Melbourne
                  http://www.megomalleys.com/

                  Panita had excellent coffee. They also had breads, croissants, and turnovers plus some desserts. All breads, I was told, are made on site. I had a ham n cheese croissant. This was not my favorite. The croissant was hard at the ends. The flavor was good. I can only figure it hardened up when they warmed it in the microwave. Given the time I would definitely try other items, I just can’t recommend the ham and cheese croissant. I ordered their regular coffee and thought it was excellent. If I lived in the area this is where I’d go to get coffee when I didn’t feel like making it at home.

                  Panita Bakery & Café
                  1220 Hwy A1A Suite 101
                  Indialantic

                  Pane e Vino-I picked up my car at the Melbourne airport so I decided to check this place out for its bakery. We ordered an assortment of cookies to go. They were overly sweet for my taste. Maybe it was the cookies we ordered but I wouldn’t go out of my way to go to this place again. They did offered other desserts that I might have liked to try. Now to be fair this is an Italian restaurant that has a small bakery and we didn’t order any food.

                  Pane e Vino
                  1800 W. Hibiscus Ste 122
                  Melbourne

                  Tonic-This was an interesting little place. The interior leads you to believe it’s high end and it is but at the beach so you don’t have to get overly dressed. I live in an area of TX where you get dressed up to go to the grocery store so this aspect of Tonic as well as other restaurants in the area was very appealing to me. Not to say you dress down but a man could get away with nicer shorts and a Hawaiian shirt. We started off with the grilled bruscetta which was tomatoes, grilled red peppers, manchego, and feta. The tomato topping combination was perfect and would make an excellent salad on its own. The bread was ok and not what I had expected. I had expected a crostini but this was a chewy flatbread. Not my first choice but I might order it again just for the topping. We ordered lamb. I don’t know how many places in the area offer lamb but if I were in the mood for lamb they do a good job. Not the best I've tasted but good. It is served with cherry chutney that was delicious on its own or could be served over dessert. It was so delicious we fought over it and I don’t care for cooked cherries. Our second entrée was the truffle burger. If I had had more time I'd have gone back to this place for the burger. This is a gourmet burger and didn’t need any spread. We ordered it with red peppers and havarti but they offer several other toppings and I think any of the toppings would be a good addition or you could eat it on its own. We had two glasses of Shiraz. I believe from Chile. Very good and reasonably priced.

                  Tonic Cuisine/Cocktails
                  1906 Hwy A1A
                  Indian Harbor Beach
                  http://www.tonicstateofmind.com/

                  Green Turtle Market-This is a gourmet market with all the essentials for a nice picnic or prepared meal to eat at home. They had various deli meats, cheeses, & prepared salads. There was also a small bakery with breads, desserts, cookies, and more. Plus a small meat/fish market that looked really good. Wine selection was very nice with a knowledgeable wine person. If I lived in the area this is where I’d go to buy wine. I visited an ABC store and while that has a bigger selection the wine selection in Green Turtle is wonderful at competitive prices. There are tables out in front of the stores on the wrap around porch if you want to eat on site and a couple of tables inside. They also have a café that we didn’t try.

                  Green Turtle Market
                  855 E. Eau Gallie Blvd
                  Indian Harbor Beach
                  http://www.greenturtlemarket.com/

                  Melbourne Beach Market-Is a full functioning market with allot of mediterranean food stuff included. If I lived in the area I would shop here regularly. There’s not a big selection of fresh produce but they have everything else plus a boars head deli (you can get sandwiches here), a meat market, and small bakery.

                  Melbourne Beach Market
                  302 Ocean Ave
                  Melbourne Beach
                  http://www.melbournebeachmarket.com

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

                  Long Doggers
                  4260 Minton Rd, Melbourne, FL 32904

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

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

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

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                  1. re: tlegray

                    Glad that you enjoyed your stay in this area of FL...Y'all come back now!

                    1. re: tlegray

                      For future reference, Tonic has closed.