A Foodies Guide Through Melbourne, Florida
Melbourne, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Melbourne Seafood Station
One of the biggest foodie perks to seaside living here in #brevardcounty is the FRESH SEAFOOD baskets from @melbourneseafoodstation. My shrimp basket came loaded up with buttery Texas toast, corn on the cobb, red potatoes, sausage, and of course the garlic boiled shrimp🍤 Come ready for casual picnic-table outdoor dining, and keep the napkins a flowin’ cause you’ll be using those fingers for peeling and devouring that buttery goodness 🦀🍽🦐
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Melbourne, FL
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Posted over 4 years ago
Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee
is everything a sweet little donut shop should be: creative, ever-changing flavors that taste as good as they look. 🍩 Plan to spend at least 15 minutes drooling at the glass display and having the biggest internal struggle of your life (👉🏻SWIPE) deciding what to choose. We aren’t regular donut-eaters ourselves, but an occasional Saturday morning trip here does the soul real good ❤️ (Also - rumor has it there’s a Butterbeer donut here that sells out notoriously fast; someday it will be mine
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Melbourne, FL
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Posted over 4 years ago
Rita's Italian Ice & Frozen Custard
This ain’t your momma’s ice cream stand🍦We’ve been (im)patiently waiting for the day Ria’s opened its doors in Melbourne for a long time. • Pictured is a favorite of ours: the S’mores Gelati (imagine Italian ice and ice cream having a baby) and ohhh is it good🤤 Rita’s has an ever-changing menu of flavors and you can choose between your desired combo of Italian Ice, ice cream (custard), and milkshakes. •
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Melbourne, FL
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Posted over 4 years ago
Bean Sprout
Recently we asked in our stories for some sushi recommendations 🍣 We have so many places to try you guys! Thank you @jenna_lalley_ for recommending Bean Sprouts 🌱, an Asian fusion restaurant in the Avenues. So so good! * Pictured is the Dragon Roll🐉 - a good option for sushi beginners— It’s got more character than a basic California roll but nothing too cray cray (or raw). Just super fresh and flavorful🥑🍤🍚 * For you more adventurous sushi lovers, you gotta try the 💥Sushi Nachos💥!!(SWIPE) This one does have raw fish, and it’s served on large fried wontons with avocados, jalapeños, grated cheese, and Thai sauce. We love finding creative and unexpected dishes like this👌🏼 * It will be hard not to repeat order when we go again, but the menu is huge and full of amazing dishes that we wanna try, especially their curry bowls!🥘
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Melbourne, FL
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Posted over 4 years ago
La Crepe de France
The pic says it all 😍 Who doesn’t love a lovely little creperie? La Crepe de France in historic downtown Melbourne completely charmed us with its sweet little outdoor patio seating and its selection of sweet and savory crepes. 🇫🇷 . We tried the traditional white crepe (sweet) AND the buckwheat (savory) and both were 👌🏼.
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Melbourne, FL
shopping
Posted over 4 years ago
La Preferida
Just what we’ve been searching for 🌮❤️🙌🏼 Legit street tacos! Double tap if you love tacos, too! . La Preferida in Melbourne was the big winner when we asked for suggestions in this department. We were NOT let down! . Authentic, cheap, friggin delicious tacos right here. We tried the carnitas, chicken & marinated pork tacos AND the pork tostada. . This isn’t a fancy affair. These tacos are made in a truck by their little corner store. But when you need a good, quick taco stop (which is always, duh) La Preferida is your place💃
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Melbourne, FL
bar • restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Crush Eleven
Crush XI | Downtown Melbourne . THIS is the kind of place we want to see more of in Brevard! A fresh, hip take on upscale dining. A place that feels special the minute you walk in the door. A menu full of items that you may have never tried (or heard of!) but that you can trust will be delicious. An adventurous eater’s dream 😍 Double tap if this sounds like your kinda place! . We tried SO many things and they were all unique and incredible in their own way! Highlights included the Medjool dates (🥓bacon-wrapped and filled with goat cheese YAASS), focaccia bread (always my weakness🥖), the sirracha flat-iron steak🥩, and the carrot cake ice cream🥕🍦 . What’s fun about this place is their selection of “snack-sized” portions (most under $10!) that you can order a bunch of and share to taste a variety of things. Lots of entrees too though, swipe to see menu. . Bottom line, @crusheleven has our heart.
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Melbourne, FL
shopping
Posted over 4 years ago
Joan's Perfect Pie
If you need us we’ll be here in 🥧PIE DAY PARADISE🥧 . We had to take advantage of 3-14 at the cutest pie bakery around...Joan’s Perfect Pies in the Eau Gallie art district. . First of all, the cute store-front had us at hello. Then, the pies. So many flavors. (See their website for all of them!) And let’s just say they don’t taste like they came prepackaged from a big-box store. These are your grand-momma’s from scratch kinda pies. 👵🏼 . We devoured the Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan. In Joan’s words: “Rich pecan-studded brownie-like filling drizzled with gooey, homemade salted carmel sauce.” Yes please👌🏼
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Melbourne, FL
shopping
Posted over 4 years ago
For Sweets Sake
For Sweet’s Sake | Viera 🍰 A NEW darling farm-chic bakery in the Avenues, yes please 😍 We loved their variety of cupcake and cookie flavors. Favorites were Thin Mint🌱 and Peanut Butter Cup cupcakes 🥜 A good choice next time you need to get your sweet-tooth fix 👍🏼
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Melbourne, FL
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Posted over 4 years ago
Burger Place
BEST BUNS AWARD 🏅 . We asked, you answered! The Burger Place in historic downtown Melbourne makes a serious burger, and, dare we say, has the best BUNS we’ve ever tasted! Glistening, buttery, fluffy goodness 🍔 Like if you agree👍 . We love their simple menu and 50s vibe😎 And Hudson couldn’t have been more excited to see his kids meal come out on the “plate” that it did 👍🏼🚗 Swipe! . We realize we’re a little late to the party in loving this classic spot🙈 But anyone who hasn’t tried it yet, do yourself a favor and add @the_burger_place to your local eats bucket list!
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West Melbourne, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Keke's Breakfast Cafe
Dreaming about our raspberry stuffed French toast and Florida waffle from this weekend at KeKe’s in West Melbourne 😍🥞 . We were delighted by this family-friendly breakfast diner🍽 Two thumbs up!!👍🏼👍🏼
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Melbourne, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Slices Pizza
is a serious competitor around here for NY-style pizza. And we have $5 coupons for whoever stops by to say hi 😁 We’ll be the ones with the crying baby and hyperactive 3 year old. Check out our stories tomorrow to see where we’ll be. See you there! 🍕
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Melbourne Beach, FL
bar • restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Ocean 302 Bar & Grill
An upscale, farm-to-table spot that is serious about their seafood. But, a little unexpectedly, we found that their BURGERS are a serious experience not to be overlooked 🍔🤩 The duck-fat fries were glorious, too. . If you like a little spicy kick, we recommend the “Don’t Poke Me” appetizer- fresh tuna with pineapple, mango, avocado, & kimchi on a fried wonton with spicy aioli 🍍🌶🥑
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Melbourne, FL
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Posted over 4 years ago
Mulberry Lane Cafe
So grateful to one of our followers who suggested this little-known joint🥞 🍳 Mulberry Lane Cafe is a breakfast lover’s paradise. We knew it was meant to be when we found out they specialize in eggs Benedict dishes 🙌🏼😍 . We got the special - the Bangin Benedict (bratwurst + cheddar + potato pancake + hollandaise) Let’s just say we had a hard time wanting to share that one 😆 Such a good dish!! . A highlight for us was how they served our blueberry muffin - cut vertically in half and then GRILLED to crispy and warm perfection🤤 Nothing disappoints like cold breakfast pastries, so this won major bonus points for us. Cinnamon roll was on point too 👌🏼
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Melbourne, FL
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Posted over 4 years ago
Here's The Scoop Homemade Ice Cream
Eyeing that pinktastic towering creation of Fruity Pebbles & strawberry ice cream like 🤤🤤🤤 . Lots of y’all told us about @heresthescoop in downtown Melbourne and we have to agree, it’s a great spot for some homemade hard-scoop ice cream
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Melbourne, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Long Doggers - Palm Bay
Can we get an amen from those that love Long Doggers’ wings??? 🙌🏼 Soooo good. . We went with the Thai chili flavored wings- highly recommend! 🌶
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Melbourne, FL
cafe • shopping
Posted over 4 years ago
Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee
Moment of silence for Sugar Shack closing its Melbourne location 😭 We were devastated! Thankfully Cocoa Village still knows what’s up. . This is the best donut place we’ve found around here. We love their fun cereal and candy bar donuts. This morning we tried Cap n’ crunch, Fruity Peebles, Kit Kat, and Oreo. All BLISS 🍩 . Let’s make sure we don’t lose this location as well.
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Melbourne, FL
bar • restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Ichabod's Dockside Bar & Grill
Ichabod’s Dockside is a cozy bar & grill with a stellar location. Our 3 year old loved watching the sailboats come and go, and watching a storm roll in over the harbor while we ate was just the coziest⛈⛵️ . We tried the Bourbon-Teriyaki Salmon and gave it a thumbs up, but the special that night is what stole our hearts. The yummiest steak atop sweet potatoes & butternut squash with a velvety cream sauce that we could legit drink from a mug if given the chance. And that presentation? Totally had the wow factor🤩
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Melbourne, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Cedars Cafe
BRIGHT & FRESH salads from @cedarscafe 🍅🥗🍊When we go out to eat, there’s an unwritten *no salads* rule. We like to go for the dish that makes that restaurant special, and salads tend to be a little too run-of-the-mill for us. . However, we were in foodie heaven with these summer salads at @cedarscafe. All of these were light and bursting with great Mediterranean flavor. The favorite for us was the Eggplant Stack (swipe!)🍆 . Also, the Into the Woods Burger!! Read the description on this one and let the ingenuity blow your mind. A blended lamb bison + mushroom burger with “toasted almond oats mushroom-white chocolate blackberry granola” + red onion + arugula + blue cheese. Say what?? We love trying new stuff like this! .
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Melbourne, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Olive Tree Greek Grill
We’re on a 7-hour road trip today and just had to stop at a fast-food chain for lunch. Our fiercely loyal small+local-loving selves died a lil bit inside 💀😖 . Our lunch wasn’t this pretty, but for y’all back on the space coast , heres some great local lunch grub: @olivetreegreekgrill in Viera for some falafel and gyros. So fresh and YUM!🐑🍇 Also when we came here last time we ran into 2 followers that introduced themselves!
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Melbourne, FL
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Posted over 4 years ago
Chez Quan's
One of those meals where you take 643 pics of your food and not one of them does it justice😂, but what this dish lacks in photogenic-ness, it makes up for in flavor and this place is totally worth mentioning here! Feels like a funky hole-in-the-wall in downtown Brooklyn (in a good way) Asian takeout-style place with a Thai+Latin twist. Super flavorful - bonus if you like spicy. We got the drunken noodles and the spicy minced basil Thai chicken. Also the curry empanada appetizer is a must!
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Melbourne, FL
bar • restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
That COZY Restaurant
If you haven’t been to this spot, it’s a must. We tell people that it’s like a touch (or three) above a Panera Bread-style restaurant with a more thoughtful menu. The atmosphere is .. well, cozy. And the owner is straight from France with a serious fire under his bum to make us Americans happy with his creations. Spoiler alert— he’s succeeding 😝 . Here is just a fraction of what they fed us...this warm apple pie & ice cream in a jar tho might’ve been the favorite. And the coconut shrimp Mac n Cheese (see our stories) 🤤 #Scfsuntree #scfmelbourne
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Melbourne, FL
shopping
Posted over 4 years ago
Nin Nin's Farmhouse Bakery
Breakfast of champions from @ninninsfarmhousebakery ... fruit loop white-chocolate drizzled waffle on a stick 🤩
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Melbourne, FL
bar • restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Trend Kitchen
or a foodie couple like us, it’s always so FUN to try something new together. We haven’t dived much into the realm of gourmet French food, so our date night at @trendkitchen was such a treat! . This is a romantically-lit, posh little place that is serious about serving the best of the best. We could go on just gushing about everything we tried (see our blog post tomorrow for more details on these dishes!) but to keep it short - their menu is full of exotic French delicacies 🇫🇷 We tried duck, octopus, arguably one of the best Mac n Cheese’s on the Space Coast, and a caramel gelato peanut butter chocolate “candy bar”🤤 . Tip: get a sitter for this one! This spot is perfect for special occasions, romantic date nights, and adventurous eaters ready to get serious with the menu! .
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Melbourne, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
El Fogon Venezuelan Grill
Ever been super intimidated at a restaurant because you didn’t recognize anything on the menu and no one there spoke English?? . Totally happened to us a few days ago at El Fogon food truck 🚛 Never had Venezuelan food before but we’d gotten some recommendations for it and were determined to see what the fuss was about. . So we put on our confused faces, asked for the most popular thing and let the chips fall. They served us Arepas (on the left..sooo good!) & we got a chicken empanada for our 3 year old and he was obsessed! He brought it home and just held it, eating it slowly and even brought it in the bath with him 😂🛀🏻
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West Melbourne, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Pizza@ Hammock Landing
Prepare yourself: Tikka Masala Pizza 🤯🕌 . Yep, thx to a sweet follower @nathalyblalock for telling us about this one (we love suggesstions btw) . @pizzaathammocklanding is a quick-order spot with lots of fun and unique personal pizza options (think @californiapizzakitchen , except the cheaper, fast food version)
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Melbourne, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Times Square Diner
Eggs Benedict never disappoints. Unless you’re my mom and have to hold the cheese & hollandaise sauce like today 😳😩 #dairyprobs . Tyler is up volunteering in the panhandle this weekend so my mom’s in town doing the foodie thing with me. We checked out Times Square Diner in Suntree and loved it!
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Melbourne, FL
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Posted over 4 years ago
Burger Inn
Greasy burger joints aren’t always our thing🍔But sweet merciful this place hit the spot. . Classic 60s diner atmosphere, freaking good French fries and big burgers, and some unconventional menu items to keep things interesting....AKA “the Elvis” - a peanut butter burger 🥜😳. Tyler ordered it when our waitress told him it was the owners favorite— he loved it!
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Melbourne, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
The Mansion
is special to us because it’s one of the first local places we fell in love with when we moved here two years ago. We’ve brought out-of-town relatives here ,celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary here, it was our last nice meal out before our baby girl was born (check out that bump in our stories 🤰🏼) .. It’s got a special Florida charm and rooftop dining, which is magical at night!⭐️🌴 . The menu here is classic American with a Florida twist. Lots of seafood, great appetizers, and decadent Florida Key Lime pie.
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Melbourne, FL
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Posted over 4 years ago
Viet Subs
It’s a random, no-frills strip mall joint but their Pho is on point 👌🏼🍜 What’s your favorite spot to get Pho or Raman around here?? .
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Melbourne Beach, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Cafe Coconut Cove
We’d been wanting to check out this spot for a while because we’d never been to an upscale German restaurant before. We were pretty unfamiliar with the traditional things like Schnitzel, but really enjoyed the flavors here. And from what we gathered from eavesdropping on the tables around us (don’t act like you don’t do it too😂), this place has some diehard local fans.
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Melbourne, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Middle Eastern Aromas
For our Lebanese food lovers 🇱🇧 . Middle Eastern Aromas is one of those hole-in-the-walls you’ve probably never heard of. But if you’re into middle-eastern food, this one is worth checking out! We loved the “Sheesh Taouk” (pictured; very juicy and flavorful chicken skewers on a bed of spicy basmati rice) and of course their hummus!
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Melbourne, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Taste of India
The thought of going out to explore little known, small local restaurants was a nice idea, but not something we were actively pursuing (yet). And going out for an ethnic meal we’d never tried before, like Indian food, had never really occurred to us. Then fate stepped in and we found ourselves at a tiny Indian restaurant a friend had recommended to us. One look at the menu and we panicked. I called my friend right there and made her tell us exactly what to order, something for Indian food “beginners”. She pointed us in the direction of Chicken Tikka Masala, and THAT’S when our foodie lives changed forever. The flavors were electric and the creamy, silky sauce felt like a warm hug. After that we were hooked. Whenever we found ourselves in a new city it was all about finding their best Indian restaurant. Birthdays, anniversaries for the next few years were all celebrated with some Chicken Tikka Masala. We tried recreating it at home, but could never get close to restaurant quality flavor and texture. So you better believe when we relocated to Melbourne, we were on the hunt for the best Indian we could find. Enter Taste of India off Wickham Road. Does it have an alluring and charming exterior? No; it’s in a small, unassuming strip mall. But the service is kind and welcoming; the lighting is dim and cozy; and then food is a fantastic experience. So when Tyler’s birthday came around, Taste of India was an easy choice for our night out. You gotta go with the tried and true favorites when celebrating! We almost always order a Mango Lassi when we come here – if you’ve never had a Lassi before it’s a delicious sweet yogurt drink. Trust me, it’s a must-order! That huge cone was something new for us…to be honest we didn’t really know what it was at first! Our waiter recommended it and called it a “dosa” – basically it’s a giant crepe (made with rice and lentils) that you unwrap, and ours came with chicken tikka to put inside. So good! Tyler ordered the chicken Tikka Masala (duh) and I got the Rogan Josh. Tip: ALWAYS order naan on the side of your main dish! It’s a pillowy, buttery soft bread that was born to be dipped in Indian sauces.
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Melbourne, FL
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Posted over 4 years ago
Grills Riverside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar
Multiple friends of ours looked at us like 😱 when they found out we’d never been to @grillsseafood. . So we finally made it happen this weekend and absolutely devoured our fish tacos! This place is famous for its fresh seafood and waterfront location (swipe!). Really just a classic Florida eatery with a laid-back atmosphere that has something for everyone. Locations in #capecanaveral and #melbournefl
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Melbourne, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Pane E Vino Italian Restaurant
WOW we hit the pastry JACKPOT at this little Italian eatery! See our stories for what we mean😍 . We’ve never been to Italy, but from the moment you walk in here it really feels like an authentic Italian experience with their massive selection of imported cheese on display and giant pastry cases. . We kept it simple with spaghetti and pizza for our main entrees (both purely simple and YUM) and splurged on some large and very memorable cream-filled pastries.
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Melbourne Beach, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Robburritos
This may go down as the restaurant with the most “personality” we’ve ever been to. There’s something eye-catching or odd (like the Barbie tree!) going on in every corner of this burrito joint! We chose the “Fiesta” burrito with Orange sauce, and the “Monster” (it really was massive) with Creamy Chipotle sauce. We also got to try the salsa & guac. The salsa tasted so fresh, but warning: it’s hot! The guac was great, with very chunky pieces of avocado and tomato. Also, their plates were on pointThe Monster burrito was our favorite here! It was massive, and the smoked flavor on the pork was fantastic. The creamy chipotle sauce topped it off. Also we regretfully didn’t get a photo of our son’s kids’ chicken quesadilla, but it was actually one of the better kids’ menu items we’d ever tasted! This zany, fast-casual burrito place was very kid friendly and our server, Patrick, was so genuinely kind. Robbirritos is great for a quick bite of something unique when in Melbourne Beach!
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Melbourne, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Matt's Casbah
To be honest, we’d passed Matt’s Casbah ALL the time and didn’t even know what it was all about. We assumed it was just a bar or a nightclub, and since we don’t drink we assumed it wasn’t “our scene.” But we did a little homework and their Instagram definitely showed some good looking food. Plus, restaurants in downtown Melbourne rarely disappoint. This place is located right on main street. So we went in, a little blindly, no real expectations, and brought our kids along (always risky). The first thing that won us over was the large outdoor seating area (covered with fans + misters). We almost ALWAYS opt for outdoor dining because 1. better light for pictures and 2. we don’t have to spend our entire meal sshhhh’ing our kids. The interior of this place is downright dreamy. Romantic twinkle lights and colorful drapes hang from the ceiling. One look inside though and I was again very grateful for the outdoor area so I didn’t have to dine with kids inside of this pristine area. We got started with the Blow Torch Beef (literally, our waiter came out with the blow torch and flamed it right in front of us!) The sweet soy glaze and wasabi mayo gave this such a good flavor! We also tried the Flash Seared Calamari— this one packed a punch with its lime juice and chili sauce. The salad was my (Summer’s) favorite! We rarely get salads when we’re scoping out new restaurants because we want to experience the most “special” or popular dish. But the “Warm Nutted Goat Cheese Salad” did not disappoint. The ginger-cilantro vinaigrette, greens, pita bread, and a huge cake of goat cheese in the middle was an awesome experience. The Garnet & Gold sushi was next. Spicy tuna, krab topped with tuna, tempura flakes, sriracha, masago mayo, eel sauce…it all came together for a very colorful and satisfying sushi roll. Super fresh; bursting with flavor! Our eyes almost popped out of our heads when we were served the “local favorite” Crispy Crunchy Whole Fish. This is one of the more unique+memorable dishes we’ve tried on the Space Coast. Photos don’t do this one justice; it’s over a foot long, topped with shrimp and served with their famous garlic+lime chili sauce. (I could eat this sauce by itself, by the way. Sooo good.)
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Melbourne, FL
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Posted over 4 years ago
Metro Diner
A burger stuffed in between a grilled cheese sandwich?? Yes plz. Another win from @metrodiner. Portions are big so put on your eating pants when you go here👖 This was the second dish to go with the chicken and waffles we showcased a few weeks ago. Tyler couldn’t finish it was so big 😳
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Melbourne, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Genna Pizza Company
MUCHO love for @gennapizzacompany and their A++++ “Manhattan Pizza”- this one had fresh mozzarella, sautéed pears (sounds weird but oh it WERKED), arugula, goat cheese, and sweet peppers. This spot is a must for our New Yorkers/pizza snobs out there.
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Melbourne, FL
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Posted over 4 years ago
Oh Biscuit
Fresh cinnamon rolls from a tiny ma & pop breakfast spot: Oh Biscuit. We’ve been here before for their biscuits (divine) and had to come back to see what their cinnamon rolls were all about. So good!
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Melbourne, FL
restaurants
Posted over 4 years ago
Thai Hana Restaurant & Sushi Bar
The winning dish for us was the Volcano chicken 🌋 . Thai food is just one of those that we never get sick of ... In fact I don’t think we’ve been to a terrible Thai restaurant here, ever 😳. The consistency of good flavors across the board is pretty impressive.
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