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Any good "fish camp" restaurants in Central FL?

Lone Cabbage Fish Camp is on Route 520, NOT 50.

Jul 12, 2008
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New and good in Cocoa Beach area?

Assuming you really mean Cocoa Beach, and not Brevard County, not a whole lot of new places have opened in the last few years. Certainly The Fat Snook should be at the top of the list, for all of its accolades it truly is worth a visit, small but great, definitely try and get a reservation, they only have 15 tables! They are the only new restaurant I can think of that has opened in Cocoa Beach in the last two years. And don't forget my favorite breakfast spot, Simply Delicious.

Jul 02, 2008
mustardgm in Florida

Help for Melbourne/Indiatlantic?

I have to say right off the bat I'm not a big fan of Scott's on Fifth, the food is merely good, nothing more, nothing less, and the one room is too small and just not too great a venue. Better off trying Djon's, in Melbourne Beach, or Continental Flambe in Downtown Melbourne. As for wine shops, your choices include the Green Turtle Market, on Eau Gallie Blvd. in beachside Melbourne, or Petty's on Babcock Street in mainland Melbourne. However I fear you may be disappointed, as neither of those stock a large amount of Bordeaux, or Burgundy, let alone aged. Just not too large a call for that in this area, sorry to say. And as always, my recommendation for breakfast, though a bit of a drive, is Simply Delicious in Cocoa Beach, my favorite breakfast haunt in Brevard County. But I hear the Crowne Plaza, which is on A1A in Melbourne, also does a good brunch, and this would be much closer to you. Might also consider The Dove Restaurant for brunch, they are located on A1A in Satellite Beach.

May 14, 2008
mustardgm in Florida

MELBOURNE: Kid-Friendly Restaurant Recommendations

Bonefish Willie's, on the river in Melbourne just a little north of Eau Gallie Blvd, off of Route 1 is a great spot. It's on the river, great view, really decent food, and not too expensive. Also Skewers, on 5th Avenue in Indialantic, for great Lebanese cuisine, and very kid friendly.

May 01, 2008
mustardgm in Florida

Good Cocoa Beach restaurants for a bachelor party dinner?

Coconuts On The Beach is right up your alley. Pretty basic beach menu, not expensive, and used to partiers of all stripes. Right on the beach, hence the name, at the end of Minuteman Causeway in the heart of Cocoa Beach.

Mar 31, 2008
mustardgm in Florida

Cocoa: Mango Tree or Cafe Margaux

Cafe Margaux, as stated previously, does not have a bar that one can dine at, however I think they would be more than willing to accomodate you at a table. They have, if not the best wine selection in all of Brevard County, certainly one of the best. And their selection of appetizers will certainly allow you a chance to sample and appreciate their cuisine. I truly feel that Cafe Margaux is, if not the best, certainly among the best restaurants that Brevard County has to offer.
The Mango Tree has a small bar, perhaps seating 10 or 12, at which one can dine. I've always felt that the food at Mango Tree did not do the decor justice, however it's continued popularity after 20+ years indicates they are doing something extremely well, and indeed they have a loyal following, and I myself have dined there numerous times and always enjoyed it. Just maybe not as much as Cafe Margaux. The wine list at The Mango Tree however is a joke compared to the list at Cafe Margaux.
One other consideration, The Mango Tree is in Cocoa Beach proper, Cafe Margaux is in Cocoa Village, about 15 - 20 minutes away. If alcohol consumption is a concern, The Mango Tree is much, much closer.

Mar 27, 2008
mustardgm in Florida

Cocoa Beach this weekend

The Fat Snook is getting lots of good remarks from people I know, though I haven't tried it yet myself, it certainly is on my list. Also Pompano Grill, small but nice. Slow & Low for BBQ. And always, always, Simply Delicious for breakfast & lunch.

Mar 25, 2008
mustardgm in Florida

Good European Restaurants in Daytona/Melbourne

I agree with both of those recommendations, and also maybe The Heidelberg in Cocoa Beach, good German food with a great jazz club attached next door.

Oct 31, 2007
mustardgm in Florida

DFW hound Where to eat in Cocoa Beach

Let me be clear, I don't dislike it, rather I thought it was not the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that some others have attested to. The first time I went with a gal friend who is a vegetarian and the selection for her was rather limited. The second time I went with my brother and, though the food was OK and the service good(we both knew the waitress), nothing blew me away. If pressed for my favorite Italian restaurant in the area I always seem to recommend Villa Palma. Their menu hasn't changed in years, but what Pepe does he does very well. Again, just this one man's opinion.

Oct 22, 2007
mustardgm in Florida

DFW hound Where to eat in Cocoa Beach

For breakfast, and in my opinion the best breakfast spot in all of Brevard County, Simply Delicious. For fresh seafood, Pompano Grill. For a taste of old time Cocoa Beach, The Surf(formerly Bernard's Surf). Mango Tree is great for an upscale dinner; might also consider a drive to Cocoa Village for Cafe Margaux, or their sister restaurant Ulysses Prime Steakhouse. I have dined at Silvestro's a couple of times and honestly thought it was OK, but nothing more. Just one man's opinion.

Oct 20, 2007
mustardgm in Florida

Dinner and breakfast in Melbourne?

Haru, at the corner of New Haven Ave. & Wickham, has some of the best sushi in the area. Continental Flambe, in Downtown Melbourne on Old New Haven Ave., has some of the best budget priced fine dining cuisine in Brevard County. Islands Fish Grill, in Indialantic on Fifth Avenue(Rte. 192), is probably day in and day out the busiest seafood restaurant in town, and is very reasonably priced. I personally have never been that big a fan of Pineda Crossings, which will probably get me flamed on this board;have felt they are no better or worse than a Friday's or the like. For breakfast, stick to Ethel & Fred's rather than drive across the causeway in the AM and then have to head back out to 95.

Aug 03, 2007
mustardgm in Florida

New spots in Brevard County

I ate at Enigma for the first time on Tuesday. Went at 7:30 with a friend , without a reservation (I know, but it WAS a Tuesday). They were very busy, actually took me one circuit of the parking lot to find a space. We were told it would be a little wait, so we went to the bar/lounge to have a drink. First of all, the bar is gorgeous, reminds me quite a bit of the Chart House bar, maybe 15 seats around the bar and 20 or so tables in the lounge area, where we saw many people eating. We were still drinking our first cocktail when the hostess came up to seat us; we asked to take a little more time and they were very gracious. The bar area has 4 large flatsrcreen televisions, quite a nice display of bottles behind the bar, seperated from the hostess stand by a greenish-blue glass partition. Took our time in the bar, finally seated at about 8:30. Unlike the Phoenix, this space feels very airy, easily 8 or 10 windows in the main dining room. Salad bar at the west end of the room, large cylindrical aquarium in the center, probably seats 140 in the main room. Booths line the room, and it is divided by a partition that runs through the south third of the room, running east to west. The menu is very diverse, and very reasonably priced, most of the appetizers from about $3.95 - $8.95, entrees from $8.95 - $23.95. Salad bar $3.95 with entree. Started with stuffed crab appetizer, 3 stuffed crabs, in the shell, good amount of crabmeat but mostly stuffing. Very generic salad bar, but well stocked and clean. I had the Lieutenant, shrimp with gorgonzola, bacon and cream over pasta, very nice, though I hate when they leave the shells on the shrimp in a dish like this. My friend had the designer shrimp, in essence shrimp in a tomato vodka sauce over linguine, which he enjoyed. We shared a bottle of 2006 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, chosen from a rather limited selection; a little light for my pasta dish but quite nice nonethelesss. Passed on dessert. A nice meal, but not in any way a gourmet spot. That is not a negative, rather a statement of fact. I could see this place being franchised and making someone a boatload of money. A definite step up from a Red Lobster or The Cove, but I'm not sure if it will become a destination spot for serious foodies. Nor are they trying to be. A good spot to take the family, and a nice addition to the options in Brevard County.

Jul 19, 2007
mustardgm in Florida

Melborne for a weekend

Maybe I'm nitpicking here, but did you read his original post, or better yet understand it? He's staying beachside in Melbourne,which means unincorporated Melbourne, more appropriately Indialantic. You're recommending restaurants in Cocoa Beach (a good half hour drive if not more), Wickham Road corridor (probably more than a half hour), and the Cocoa/Rockledge border. While not disparaging the food at Silvestro's or Bacco Wine Cafe, both of which I have tried, or the other two restaurants, which I have yet to try, I tried to recommend places near where he was staying. There are lots of options 10 minutes away from him, and I think most people visiting the area would prefer something closer than an hours roundtrip. Just my opinion.

Jun 27, 2007
mustardgm in Florida

Melborne for a weekend

About Bella's, now that there old Chef Frank is no longer associated with the restaurant I wonder if the quality has fallen a bit?

Jun 26, 2007
mustardgm in Florida

Melborne for a weekend

Cocoa Beach is a bit of a drive from Melbourne, so I wouldn't recommend Coconuts. Definitely try Da Kine Diego's, on A1A in Satellite Beach, great & huge burritos. Bizarro's at the Boardwalk in Indialantic, probably the best pizza in Brevard County. Thai Thai 2, in the shopping center opposite Paradise Beach Park, also in Indialantic, good reasoinably priced sushi. In the same shopping center is Ichabod's, one of the busiest bars in the area. Also might recommend Lou's Blues, intersection of A1A and Eau Gallie Blvd, good spot with live music most of the time. Islands Fish Grill, on 5th Avenue(Rte 192) in Indialantic, has fresh fish very, very reasonably priced, but also very, very busy. Downtown Melbourne has quite a few restaurants and bars; best bar, IMHO is Mainstreet Pub, good pub food there as well. All the spots I mentioned are casual, so beach wear is fine.

Jun 25, 2007
mustardgm in Florida

Old Florida Bar

Mainstreet Pub in downtown Melbourne. The Pub has only been there a few years, but the building dates back to the mid 20's, and the Whiskey Bar portion of the Pub harkens back to the oldstyle saloons, decorated with all kinds of pictures of old Melbourne.

Jun 24, 2007
mustardgm in Florida

Melbourne, FL -- restaurant recs, please!!

Contintental Flambe, not too expensive but nice, located right in Downtown Melbourne. Villa Palma in Indialantic for what I think is the best Italian in the area, though some others might opt for Bella's. Siam Orchid for Sushi and Thai. Bonefish Willy's for seafood, and the view.

Jun 10, 2007
mustardgm in Florida

Graduation Lunch in Melborne, FL

Continental Flambe in Downtown Melbourne has wonderful food, and very moderately priced. Not sure when they close for lunch, I think around 2:00 pm.

Apr 30, 2007
mustardgm in Florida

Good food in Melbourne, Fl

I like Mainstreet Pub in Downtown Melbourne. They have some of the best sandwiches in the area, and are very, very reasonably priced. I think they have the best roast beef sandwich in Brevard County. Be forewarned though, they are most definitely a bar first and foremost, so you have to take that into consideration. Even with that though, they have some great food, much better than some might think a pub would have.

Apr 18, 2007
mustardgm in Florida

Cocoa with (big) kids

Don't forget Italian Garden, on 520 just up from A1A. Great food, and very kid friendly.. Also I really like the old standby, Bernard's Surf, one of the oldest spots to dine in Cocoa Beach. Still and always a great place for all ages.

Mar 24, 2007
mustardgm in Florida

fernet branca in orlando

If memory serves me correctly Premier Beverages distributes Fernet Branca in the area, should be simple to go to a smaller, independent liquor store and ask them to order you a bottle.

Mar 02, 2007
mustardgm in Florida

Valentines Day in Orlando

I've already made my reservation at Ulysses Prime Steakhouse in Cocoa Village, the newest restaurant for Alex Litras, the owner of Cafe Margaux. I've heard noithing but great things about the place, Scott Joseph of the Orlando Sentinel called it one of the best restaurants in Central Florida, and I can't wait to try it out myself. Might want to think about making a night of it and booking a hotel room in Cocoa Beach, Cocoa Village is about an hour drive from rlando.

Jan 18, 2007
mustardgm in Florida

Steak in Melbourne

Both Foreman's & Durango's serve a good quality product at a reasonable price. Also Pineda Crossing serves a nice steak. The Chart House is much more expensive.

Dec 07, 2006
mustardgm in Florida

dining coupons for space coast area

The TGIF section in the local paper, Florida Today, always has advertisements for local restaurants and many of the ads feature coupons, so that is an invaluable resource. Might also want to check out a local magazine, Brevard Dining Out Guide, available for free in most of the local hotels and the like, they also feature tons of ads, many with coupons. Most Early Bird Specials seem to run between 4 - 6 PM, but that may change depending on the restaurant, I would always call ahead first to verify.

Dec 02, 2006
mustardgm in Florida

thanksgiving in melbourne

Djon's is closed on Thanksgiving, so cross that off your list. All the major hotels(Crowne Plaza, Hilton, Doubletree) will be featuring buffets, and they are very popular so if that is what you like make a reservation now. The Chart House is also open, and they do as good a job as anyone in Melbourne when it comes to good, consistent food and service. Again, I would expect them to be very, very busy, so call quickly for a reservation. Most of the really good independent restaurants are closed( The Dove,Yellow Dog Cafe,Continental Flambe). Another option is Pineda Crossing; they serve a good selection of what I might term American cuisine.

Nov 20, 2006
mustardgm in Florida

Thanksgiving in Cocoa Beach

It's Cocoa Beach, you basically can go as dressy or as non-dressy as you want, Mango Tree has seen it all. With that being said, I would err on the side of dressy, it is a special day after all.

Nov 14, 2006
mustardgm in Florida

Thanksgiving in Cocoa Beach

Obviously all the major hotels(Cocoa Beach Hilton, Holiday Inn, Doubletree, etc.) will have buffets, if that is your cup of tea. The Mango Tree is always open on Thanksgiving, and they will have Thanksgiving fare as well as their regular menu. It is a beautiful restaurant and well worth a visit. Same goes for Bernard's Surf. A nice change of pace might be Silvestro's, a fairly new Italian restaurant that has garnered some good reviews, and does a fine job. As always, as soon as you know for sure where you will be dining make a reservation, it is one of the busiest dining days of the year.

Nov 11, 2006
mustardgm in Florida

Cocoa/Cocoa Beach, FL Dining

I like Murdock's in Cocoa Village, kind of a southern style menu, but not too expensive and nice. The old Pineda Inn on US 1 is now called the Conch Key Grille, also good reasonably priced food, but the river view is by far the best selling point. In Cocoa Beach, Simply Delicious on Southbound A1A is great for breakfast & lunch, very,very reasonably priced and some really spectacular desserts, cookies and the like. For something a little more expensive but well worth it is Pompano Grill on Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Beach, a small spot but great seafood.

Nov 04, 2006
mustardgm in Florida

Need advice-Cocoa Beach Eats

The newest steakhouse in the area is Ulysses Prime Steakhouse in Cocoa Village. Run by the same owner and located next door to Cafe Margaux, I have heard nothing but great things about this spot, though I have not had an oppurtunity to try it myself yet. It is the only steakhouse in the area that would rival a Ruth's Chris or Morton's; Durango's and Gregory's are much more similar to an Outback and the like. Cocoa Village is at most a 15 minute drive from Cocoa Beach, located right off of State Road 520.

Oct 02, 2006
mustardgm in Florida

Matt's Tropical Grill?

Well, the good news is that Matt is cooking again, the bad news is that it is not his own place, per se. The hurricanes of 2004 were devastating to a lot of people, and unfortunately Matt was one of them. His restaurant sustained a ton of damage, they tried to make it work with about half the space in the same old building, but it didn't work out, and he had to close. He had already purchased an old restaurant in Downtown Melbourne, the old Pop's Casbah. But that place needed a bunch of work as well. In the meantime, he is in business at Austin's California Grill, actually open during the day as Matt's Tropical Grill, open for lunch only;the restaurant reverts back to Austin's at night for dinner. This is one of the few times that I have heard of two restaurants sharing a space, but it seems to be working. The last time I talked with Matt he said plans were still going forward to open his own place in the near future, as I stated earlier in Downtown Melbourne at the old Pop's Casbah. Anyone who knows Matt or tried his innovative cuisine in the past hopes that he has his own place soon, he is truly one of if not the best Chef in Brevard County.

Jul 23, 2006
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