Old Nineveh Restaurant and Bakery - Good Middle Eastern food in a comfortable setting. Excellent pastries, especially kunafeh and Turkish coffee. 2040 Palm Bay Rd, 500 yd E of Babcock, S side. 802-4955. Tu-Th 10:30-9:30, F 10:30-1, 2-10:30, Sa-Su 10:30-10:30. OldNineveh.com & yelp & facebook
Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine - Makes me miss India. Excellent service from friendly staff. Impressive $9 lunch buffet. 6300 Wickham Rd, a mile N of Pineda, on W side in large shopping center. Lunch Tu-Su 11:30-2:30. Dinner Tu-F 5-9:30, Sa-Su 5-10. 622-6990. TandoorMelbourne.com & yelp
Irashiai-2 - Japanese-run, with sushi, bento boxes, and teishoku (set meals). 4870 N Babcock St, in small strip on S side of Pizza Hut. 312-4540. Tu-Sa 11:30-9:30, Su 12-6. Irashiai2.com & yelp & facebook
Gyros & More - Lebanese food the owners can be proud of. Good lamb skewers at good prices. Shawarma, Kibbi, Hummus, Babaganouj, Falafel. SE corner of Hibiscus and Airport Blvd. M-Sa 10-8. 608-3960. Also in the Melbourne Square Mall food court. M-Sa 10-9, Su 12-6. 952-9990. yelp
Sabai Thai and Sushi - One of the few good Thai places. 215 Hibiscus Blvd, two blocks W of Babcock, S side, at Hibiscus. M-F 11-3, 2:30-9, Sa 12-8:30. 733-0895. SabaiThaiSushi.com & yelp
Naoki Japanese Cuisine - Excellent sushi. Hibachi-grilled Cobia, Grouper, Dolphin, or TripleTail, or the Box-Lunch, which has a smaller portion of the grilled fish, and a variety of other things. Usually crowded at lunch. M 5-10 Tu-Sa 11-2:30, 5-9:30. 951-2710. Naoki
Tacos Mexicanos Acà Chela - Grandma is in the kitchen making authentic food, not Tex-Mex. Comfortable setting and friendly people. Mole rojo chicken, soft tacos (try the lengua), tamales, enchiladas, flautas, burritos. Horchata. 1851 Palm Bay Rd, just E of Babcock, N side, in the small plaza that houses Poolie's and Enterprise car rental. 802-5238. Tu-Sa 11-10, Su 11-6. yelp & facebook
Bianco's Big League Family Eatery - Large, gourmet burgers and sandwiches made with quality ingredients. S side of Barton Blvd in Rockledge. M-F 11-2, 4:30-9, Sa 11-9. 309-4945. BigLeagueEatery.com
Ossorio Bakery and Cafe - Wood-fired roasted sandwiches and pizzas, as well as very good, and filling salads. Ice cream and pastries made there. Croissants are a big hit. 316 Brevard Ave, Cocoa Village. M-Sa 8a-8:30p, Su 9a-6p. 639-2423. Ossorio.com
Colombia Harvest Bakery & Panaderia - Coffee. Good bread, pastries, and sandwiches. Lunch specials MWFSaSu: Traditional home-cooked meals. 2000 Palm Bay Rd, M-F 7-5. Sa 8a-5, Su 9-2. 726-0888. yelp & facebook
La Preferida / Tacos El Vaquero - Look for the food truck in front of the Mexican convenience store for amazing, authentic tacos, tostadas, tortas, gordita. Menudo on Sunday. Try the red and green salsas. 2024 Aurora Rd, on NE corner of Croton. 259-2258. 8a-9p. yelp1 & yelp2
Taal Fine Indian Cuisine - Wide variety of Indian foods. Minton Rd, halfway between 192 and Palm Bay Rd, E side. 802-6537. Buffet M-F 11:30-2:30, Sa-Su 12-3. Happy hour 2:30-5. Dinner 5-10. TaalMelbourne.com
Double D's BBQ - Smoked meats without overdoing the smoke. Tri-Tip and brisket very good. BBQ pulled pork, Babyback and St. Louis-style ribs. Turkey. Angus beef. Fried okra and collard greens. Excellent service. 634 Barnes Blvd, NW corner of Murrel, in Rockledge. 298-6995. M-Sa 11-9, Su 12-8. DDsBBQ.com
Mangetsu - Korean, with some Japanese and Thai. 192, just E of US1, N side. Moving to 841 E New Haven Ave in late 2017. 499-4988. yelp & facebook
Cuban Island Restaurant - Pork sandwiches as good as any in Miami. Good cafe con leche and cortaditos. Rich, caramel-flavored flan much better than from stores. Look forward to exploring rest of menu. 2910 N Highway A1A, Indialantic. M-F 11-2, 5-10, Sa-Su 11-10. 241-4886. Cuban-Island.com
Squid Lips - Have a good long look at the menu. Eau Gallie Blvd and Pineapple Ave, on the river. Su-Th 11-9, F-Sa 11-10. 259-3101. Another in Sebastian, on US, along the river, same hours, 772-589-3828. Third one in Cocoa Beach, on S Orlando Ave. SquidLipsGrill.com & yelp & facebook
Smokehouse Foods - We keep this lower down on the list simply because it is a lunch place with a limited selection. However, we wouldn't want it to be overlooked, since it is some of the best BBQ we know. They smoke the meats and seafood for quite awhile, and have a large variety for sale, since they ship it all over the country. They also have huge salads with quality veggies, covered with smoked marlin or mackeral. The "Fish Taco" is the same thing, just stuffed into a huge burrito. The pork sandwiches are addictive. Brunswick Stew full of goodies. Very good beans. Smoked salmon dip to take home. Large selection of hot sauces on the tables. Free refills on sodas. They are in Port Canaveral, along restaurant row, but not on the water. Tu-F 10-6, Sa 11-6. 784-9300. yelp & facebook
Euro Deli - Polish. Sandwiches, soups, pierogies, bigos. Desserts, such as strudel. 192 and Wickham, in NW shopping center, next to Lucky Market. M-Sa 10-6. Lunch served 11-5. 676-8944. EuroDeliMLB.com & yelp
Montego's Cafe - Comfortable, friendly Jamaican place with excellent oxtail, jerk pork, sorrel and ginger drinks, cakes, sweet potato pudding, and blueberry cornbread. M-Th 11-7, Sa 12-6; $6 lunch special M-F 11-2:30. yelp
Brown's Jamaican Bakery & Restaurant - Quality ingredients cooked right. Excellent jerk pork and very good oxtail. Best homemade pastries and patties we have had. In shopping center NW of I-95 and Malabar Rd. M-Sa 10-7. 727-1060. BrownsBakeryAndJamaicanRestaurantFL.com & yelp
Chez Quan's - Very good Thai, and good Latin. 1470 Aurora Rd, by Galaxy Skateway. M-Sa 11-7. 622-6979. yelp & facebook
PizzaVola - Minton Rd, in NW corner at Palm Bay Rd, behind Walgreens. 729-4281. M-Tu lunch, pizza special. M-Sa 11-10, Sun 11-9. Another at Eau Gallie beachside. PizzaVolaFL.com
Michelli's Pizzeria - Very good pizza, stromboli, and garlic knots. Extensive menu. Good service. Basic tables in a smallish room. Very busy at night. NE corner of Palm Bay Rd and Minton Rd, to immediate left of Publix. 953-8488. MichellisPizza.com
Harbor City Diner - Gourmet diner. Greek, Italian, and American dishes. Massive sandwiches, burgers, pies, and cakes. Wickham Rd, just N of 192, west side. 7a-9p. 952-0707. yelp & facebook
Taste of India - Good selection of dishes. They have a real, tandoor clay oven, so the food, especially the flat-breads, has a good flavor and texture. Good lamb dishes, masala dosa, uttapam, samosas, kofta, tikka, bhel puri, korma. Nice Sunday dinner buffet, and inexpensive boxes to go. Also, when they say spicy, they mean it. Be sure to try the peshwari naan, mango lassi, and the masala tea. Mango ice cream reminded us of many trips to India. Comfortable setting. West side of Wickham, 1/4 mile south of Sarno. Lunch M-F 11:30-2:30, Sa-Su 12-3. Dinner 5-10. 751-4191. TasteOfIndiaMelbourne.com
Edelweiss - Authentic German. Leave room for dessert. Good German beers on tap. Not cheap. Excellent service. Nice atmosphere, decoration, and music. 2543 S. US1, on the east side of the road, half a mile south of 192. W-Sa 4-9. 723-6555. yelp
Tree Of Life Cuban Bakery - Exc bread and pastries fresh and warm every day. Cuban sandwich, media noche, ham croquette sandwich, empanadas, Cuban espresso coffee, cafe con leche. Friendly and welcoming. Couple of tables. Malabar Rd, a block E of I-95, S side. 327-5315. M-F 6:30-6, Sa7-5, Su 8-3:30. yelp & facebook
La Tinaja Cuban Cafe - Hispanic-Caribbean food like your grandma used to cook. All their ingredients are fresh. They make their own bread for their Cuban sandwiches. Sangria. Call ahead to make sure there is room to dine, else order take-out. Large portions. US1, west side, half mile north of 528, Tu-Sa 11-9, Su 11-7. 639-1430. yelp & facebook
Friendly Toast Cafe 2 - Very good place for breakfast or lunch. Wickham Rd, quarter mile south of Sarno, west side. M-Tu 6a-3p, W-F 6a-8p, Sa 6a-3p, Su 6a-2p. Closed all of July. 622-5950. yelp & facebook
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse - Wide variety of food and beer. Good quality for the price. In front of Melbourne Mall. 11a-midnight. 802-8470. BJsRestaurants.com
Pistilli's Pizza - Jersey-style pizza with fresh ingredients on a wonderful crust. Traditional Italian menu and specials to be explored. Lunch buffet. No corkage fee. Friendly owner and staff. New location just west of old one is quite comfortable, and has much more seating. 304 S Washington Ave, Titusville, 267-1713, Tu-Th 11-9, F-Sa 11-10. yelp
Petrillo's Italian Eatery - Nice range of food, especially pizza. 960 N Highway A1A. M-F 4:30p-9, Sa 4-9:30, Su 4-9. 953-6888. PetrillosMenu.com
Captain Katanna's - Indoor poolbar and outdoor deck on the river. Crab, conch fritters, and fish. Greek food too. East side of US1, four blocks north of Post Road. Su-Th 11-10. F-Sa 11-11. 253-1369. Katannas.com
Bonefish Willy's Riverfront Grille - Nice place for seafood, even if expensive (coupons in Friday paper). Indoor restaurant and outdoor deck on the river. 2459 Pineapple Ave, east of US1, a mile north of Eau Gallie Blvd, M-Sa 11-10, Su 11-9. 253-8888. BonefishWillys.com
Tabone's Po Boys - Very nice redfish sandwich. Best grits ever. Gumbo full of shrimp. 601 E New Haven Ave, just E of Henegar Center and post office, S side. M-Sa 11-8. 536-8499. yelp & facebook
Meg O'Malley's Restaurant & Irish Pub - Too many good choices. 812 E. New Haven Ave. M-Sa 10:30a-2a, Su 11a-2a. 952-5510. MegOMalleys.com
Roberto's Little Havana - Good Cuban food. Extensive menu. Very nice Black Bean Soup and best Flan ever. Lomito de Puerco also worth the trip. 26 North Orlando Ave (southbound A1A), just north of intersection in Cocoa Beach. M 7a-3p, Tu-Th and Su 7-3 and 5-9, F-Sa 7-1 and 5-10. 784-1868. RobertosLittleHavana.com
Skewers Mediterranean Grill (Lebanese Gourmet) - Syrian/Lebanese. Cedar Combo, Babaganouj, Kunafa Dessert & Turkish Coffee. Small place with nice atmosphere, and service that spans the full range of possibilities. North side of Fifth Ave (192), three blocks west of A1A. A bit of a splurge, but worth it occasionally. Make reservations on the weekends and anytime in the winter. M-Sa 11-4, 5-9:30, closed Sun. 727-8944. SkewersGrille.com
Middle Eastern Aromas - Friendly Lebanese couple serve authentic meals with fresh ingredients. Good lunch specials. Shawarma, Mint Tea, Turkish Coffee. Bellydancing on Friday night 6p-9p. Southwest corner of Babcock & University, by Florida Tech. M-F 11-10, Sa 11-8, closed Sun. 725-5941. MiddleEasternAromas.com
Al-Houda - Lebanese. Very good lamb, kibbeh, babaganoush, and sage tea. Friendly service. Babcock St, in first shopping center north of Palm Bay Rd, right side. M-Su 11a-2a. 676-8905. yelp
Joumana's Mediterranean Cuisine - Middle Eastern. Excellent lamb, kibbeh, babaganuj, grape leaves, and kafta. Baklava is worth the trip, as they have it shipped in, and goes well with Turkish coffee. 2155 Palm Bay Rd NE, 768-0120. Joumanas.com & yelp & facebook
DOCCS Kitchen - Very good paninis. Small indoor dining room. Spacious, shaded patio with a large bar. Wickham Rd, a few blocks N of Aurora Rd, W side, behind the DOCCS 24-Hour Urgent Care and Family Clinic. 752-7101. M-Sa 10-8, Su brunch. DOCCSKitchen.com & yelp & facebook
Carabba's - Good Italian, including the pizza. One on Palm Bay Rd, 20 yards west of Babcock, north side. Another on 520, near the mall. Carabbas.com
Around the World Cafe Bakery - Fresh, baked bread. Espresso and cappucino. Spinach pies, soups, samosas, French toast, omelettes, bagels, hummus, cakes, mousses, strudel, cheesecake, carrot cake, gluten-free chocolate cake, fruit tarts, sugar-free apple pie purses. 5th Ave in Indialantic, S side, a few stores before A1A. Parking is in back, where there is an entrance. Tu-Th 8-4, F-Sa 8-5, Su 8-2. 360-9284. AroundTheWorldCafe.org
La Estancia de Luisa - Colombian. Good all around. Don't miss the espresso, Argentine empanada, and cheese flan. Babcock St and Port Malabar, SW corner, next to Winn Dixie. Tu-Th 11-8, F-Sa 11-9, Su 11-8. 984-5170. LaEstanciaDeLuisa.com
El Ambia Cubano - Very good Cuban sandwiches, tostones, roast pork, and espresso. Daily specials. Saturday pig roast and live music. Reasonable prices. Counter, table, and outdoor seating. 950 Melbourne Ave, by railroad bridge. M-F 11-3 and 5-8, Sa 12-3 and 5-8. 327-8389. ElAmbiaCubano.com
Jao Thai Kitchen - Another good Thai place. Try khao soi. Nice staff. 914 W New Haven Ave, at Dairy Rd, NE corner. Tu-F 11:30-3, 4:30-9:30; Sa 12-10, Su 12-9:30. 914-0708. JaoThaiKitchen.com
Thai Kitchen - Good Thai food. In the middle of the shops on the SE corner of Wickham and Aurora. M-F 11-2:30, 5-9. Sa 12-9. 254-2283. yelp & facebook
Grecian Garden Cafe - Good moussaka and pie. 2955 Pineda Plaza Way, NE corner of Wickham, 242-6373. M-W, Sa 7-2:30, Th-F 7-8. GrecianGardenCafe.net
Marsh Landing - Very Southern, including gator tail, frog legs, and catfish. Good burger and crab cakes. 44 N Broadway, 3 mi W of I-95, N of 512. Su-Th 6a-9p, F-Sa 6a-10p. 772-571-8622. MarshLandingRestaurant.com
Sand Bar - Sandwiches, pizza, tacos, burritos. Taco Tuesday 1/2 off. Fri $5 meals. Habanero hot sauce. Service is a little slow. Not much seating. 300 Ocean Ave. 11a-10p. 733-7977. SandBarSportsGrill.net
Frankie's Wings & Things - Varied menu, but I go for the rock shrimp. Moved 1.5-miles N, to 1981 N Wickham Rd, N of Aurora, E side. M 4-10, Tu-F 11-10, Sa-Su 12-10. 255-7912. FrankieWingsAndThings.com
Las Margaritas Mexican - Good food and service. Watch for specials. 1369 S Babcock St, in the Publix shopping center. M-Th 11-9, F-Sa 11-10, Su 12-9. 409-6042. yelp & facebook
Don's Famous Hoagies - Great sandwiches. 784 S Apollo Blvd, E of Babcock, N of Nasa. M-F 10-5, Sa 10-4. 676-7030. yelp & facebook
Sun Shoppe & Cafe - Meals, sandwiches, pastries, smoothies, ice cream, and a variety of coffees. In the historic downtown area, at west end of New Haven. M-Sa 8a-Midnight. 676-1438. theSunShoppe.com
Love Bug's Donuts & Bakery - Breakfast, Boars Head sandwiches, cake donuts. Wickham Rd, 50 yd N of 192, E side. 722-2253. M-Sa 5a-3p. Also at 5445 Murrell Rd, Viera. M-Sa 6a-3p. 676-2253. LoveBugsBakery.com
Einstein Bros Bagels - 4700 Babcock St, at Palm Bay Rd, SW corner. M-F 5a-5p, Sa-Su 6a-4p. 821-4897. EinsteinBros.com
Heavenly Treats Bakery and Mr. Food No-Fuss Meals - Family business. All baked goods made using butter, not lard. Biscotti, brownies, cupcakes, Italian pignolis, rainbow cookies, scones (blueberry). Fresh, baked, seasonal pies. Bruschetta chicken breasts. Mac and cheese. Cakes for any occasion. Empanadas (chicken, beef, cod fish, veggie and two cheese; homemade salsa). La Brea Breads baked fresh daily. Espresso, cappucino. 635 S Wickham Rd, 200 yd S of Nasa Blvd, E side. 327-5964. M-W 8-4, Th 8-6, F 8-4. HeavenlyTreatsBakery.com & facebook
Le Macaron - Macarons, croissants, and gelato. Melbourne Mall. leMacaron-US.com
Panther Dining Hall at Florida Tech - Buffet: Salad bar, grill station, vegan station, cereal bar, and deli station. International station has rotating menu. $8 breakfast, $10 lunch, $12 for dinner. Free parking in the garage behind it, in the visitor slots on the ground floor. M-F 7a-9p, Sa-Su 8:30a-8:30p. FIT.edu/food/panther_dining_hall.php
Olympia Cafe - Excellent falafel, great sandwiches, good prices from friendly Greek couple. US1, quarter mile north of 192, on the west side. Breakfast and lunch M-W & Sa 11a-4p, Th-F 11a-8p. 676-8910. OlympiaCafeMelbourne.com
Mi Balconcito Latin Grill - Puerto Rican. 4720 NE Dixie Hwy, 300m S of Pt Malabar Rd, W side, 821-4911. Tu-Th 11-9, F 11-10, Sa 12-10, Su 12-9. MiBalconcitolatinGrill.com
Golden Corral - Extensive buffet. Good quality for the price, especially of you arrive before 4p. Palm Bay Rd, just east of I-95, south side. 722-4142. GoldenCorral.com
Jason's Deli - Sandwiches, salads, and soups, including muffalettas, po'boys, and gumbo. All-u-can-eat salad bar. South side of 192, across from Melbourne Mall. Open daily 10:30a-9:30p. 733-6075. JasonsDeli.com
Long Doggers Radically Relaxed Grill & Brew - Surf-themed indoor/outdoor. The cracked-peppercorn seared tuna is prepared well. Also have wings, ribs, clams, shrimp, chili, fish sandwiches, variety of hot dogs and thick, juicy hamburgers. Steel Drums Wed on beach, and Thurs on mainland. Five locations: Indialantic: West side of A1A, a half mile N of 192, at the light, 725-1115. Viera: 1970 Viera Blvd, 433-1116. Melbourne: Post Rd, just E of Wickham Rd, across street from BCC and King Center, 751-4448. Satellite Beach: S Patrick Drive, 773-5558. Palm Bay: Minton and Palm Bay Rd, 951-8884. Open daily 10:30a-Midnight. LongDoggers.com
Fired-Up Coal Oven Pizzeria - Good calamari, and average pizza, but wonderful desserts, especially the tiramisu and cannoli. Comfortable seating, and good service. Malabar Rd, 100m W of Minton, N side. Su-Th 11-10, F-Sa 11-11. 727-3473. FiredUpCOP.com
Pizza Gallery & Grill - Build-your-own pizza, gourmet-eclectic with good selection of beer, and great desserts. In the mall Avenue Viera, M-Th 11-9:30, F-Sa 11-11, Su 11-8. 633-0397. PizzaGalleryAndGrill.com
Scrambled Egg Cafe - Breakfast and lunch. Omelets, pancakes, hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and salads. Large over-sized muffins in a variety of inventive flavors. Good value and service. 727 Pinetree Dr, Indian Harbour Beach, at A1A, west side of building on corner. M-Su 7a-2p. 610-8910. yelp & facebook
Ay! Jalisco - Good family-owned Mexican place. Crab enchiladas have become a fattening habit. Fresh chips and nice salsa. Service variable. 1909 20th St in Vero, near St. Helen's Catholic Church. Open 7 days 11-10. 772-978-0661. Also on Route 60 near Indian River Blvd, in the shopping center with TJ Maxx, across from Deep 6. Third location in Sebastian. AyJaliscoMexicanRestaurant.com
El Charro's - Comfortable, family-owned Mexican place with good selection of food. 912 Florida Ave, SW of Cocoa Village, east of US1. M-Sa 11-3, 5-10. 639-1004. ElCharroCFL.com
Fiesta Azteca - Comfortable, family-owned Mexican place with food that isn't too oily, salty, nor bland. NW corner of 192 and Wickham/Minton, 725-1441. Second on Wickham, just south of Sarno, west side, 242-5966. Third on Wickham, a few blocks south of Suntree Blvd, east side, 255-2185. Fourth not anywhere near Wickham, but way NE on A1A in Cape Canaveral, just before road bends west at the port, east side, 242-5966. M-Th 11-10, F-Sa 11-Midnight. yelp & facebook
Francisco's Mexican - Comfortable, family-owned Mexican place with food that isn't too oily, salty, nor bland. SE corner of Wickham and Lake Washington. M-Th 11-9, F 11-10, Sa 12 -10, Su 12-9. 751-3322. FranciscosMexicanRestaurant.com & yelp & facebook
Big Island Burritos - Surfer-style Mexican. Variety of eclectic burritos, tacos, nachos, salads, and soups in nice portions with option of meat, chicken, or fish. Try the Big Island Bowl, Extreme Burrito, or Boca Bowl. A1A, half mile north of Fifth Ave (192), by Long Doggers and Cantina Dos Amigos. M-Sa 11-9, Su 1-7. 733-4802. facebook
Tijuana Flats - Tex-Mex. Wickham Rd, between Eau Gallie Blvd and Sarno Rd, W side, 751-7144. Also at 76 E Merritt Island Cswy, 453-1881. M-Th 11-10, F-Sa 11-10:30, Su 11-9. TijuanaFlats.com
Blueberry Muffin - Go for the huge blueberry pancakes. A1A, 1/4 mile north of 192, west side. 725-7117. yelp & facebook
Panera Bread - Good variety of bread, pastries, sandwiches, and soup in a bakery cafe. One on Palm Bay Rd, just west of I-95, north side, 215-2500. One on west side of Wickham, just north of Post Road, in north end of shopping center. One in SE corner of Eau Gallie Blvd and Riverside Dr, 872-0000. Another in Town Center, Viera, 504-7250. M-F 6:30a-10:30p, 6:30a-8:30p. 259-2055. PaneraBread.com
Red Lobster - Good gumbo, excellent clam soup. Tasty cheese biscuits. 2355 W. New Haven. 676-5111. RedLobster.com
Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar - Burgers that all rave about. Try the shark kebabs too. Huge portions. Nice open deck on the water in Port Canaveral. Second one on US1, 100 yd N of Pineda, with a deck on the water. Live bands, and sports on TV. 868-2226. GrillsSeafood.com
Portside Galley - where the workers in the Port Canaveral area go for a breakfast and lunch. Many daily specials. Good fish sandwiches. On the main road into the port area. M-F 7a-2p, Sa-Su 7a-1p. 868-0018. yelp & facebook
Dixie Crossroads - All-U-Can-Eat Broiled Rock Shrimp and Hush Puppies, but be there by 4:30-5PM, and expect very long waits on Fri and Sat evenings or anytime Sunday. South side of Garden St in Titusville, four blocks west of US1, three miles east of I-95. Everyday 11-10. 268-5000. DixieCrossroads.com
Old School Pizza - Good pizza, and very good stromboli, esp meat lover. Popular for wings. New owners in Sep 2014. Two locations: SW corner of Babcock and University, by FIT, 842-4880; and Babcock, across from Melbourne High School, 951-2333. OldSchoolPizzaFL.com
Double D's BBQ - Smoked meats without overdoing the smoke. Tri-Tip and brisket very good. BBQ pulled pork, Babyback and St. Louis-style ribs. Turkey. Angus beef. Fried okra and collard greens. Excellent service. 634 Barnes Blvd, NW corner of Murrel, in Rockledge. 298-6995. M-Sa 11-9, Su 12-8. DDsBBQ.com
JC's BBQ - Excellent ribs, tri-tip, pulled pork, and best fried okra. Little more expensive, but get more too. Aurora Rd, just W of Croton, south side. M-Th 11-8, Su 11-6. 259-9428. JCsBBQFL.com & yelp & facebook
TNT BBQ - Great babyback ribs. Good pulled pork and okra. Smoked beef brisket on Wednesday brings a crowd. Babcock St, 400 yd N of tracks, W side. 914-0500, Tu-Sa 11-8. Also have food truck at flea market F-Su. TnT BBQ & Grill
Skeebo's Rib Shack - Breakfast, BBQ, and seafood. Smothered chops. Liver. Soul food (oxtail) on Sunday. 2280 Harris Ave, along Palm Bay Rd, 956-3405. Tu-Sa 8-8, Su 10-5. SkeebosRibShack.com
Taste of Love BBQ - Good ribs with vinegar-mustard sauce, okra, and collards. Large portions. 2422 S Harbor City Blvd, S of 192, N of University Blvd, W side of road, in American Legion Post 191 The Arman V. Coleman. 339-6637. F 11:30a-2a, Sa 1p-2a, Su 1-9p.
Mike & Brother BBQ & Catering - Little shack on wheels that serves great oak-smoked BBQ. 1431 W. King St, Cocoa. South side of 520, a block west of Fiske Blvd. Tu-F 11-6, Sa 11-11, closed Sun. 690-2460.
JR's Rib Shack - Excellent St. Louis-style BBQ babybacks, spare ribs, and pulled pork. Fried fish on Friday. Friendly owner. 3450 US1, Rockledge. Food truck on E side of road, S side of Blinds of All Kinds; and just N of Harvey's Groves. Tu-Sa 11-6. 636-6556. JRRibShackBrevard.com
Bubba's Backyard BBQ - A good brisket, which is hard to find around these parts. Pulled pork, riblets, Brunswick stew, desserts. 2447 N Wickham Rd, in SE corner at Lake Washington Rd, far right side of shopping plaza. Tu-Sa 11a-8p, Su 11-6. 614-3310. JCsBBQFL.com & yelp & facebook
Slow & Low Bar-B-Que - NC barbecue sandwiches: pulled-pork, smoked turkey, chicken, beef or ribs. Other: fried fish sandwich, bratwurst, turkey salad club, or chargrilled sirloin or ribeye steak. Sides: baked sweet potato, okra, fried sweet potato chips, barbecued beans, slaw, and corn on the cob. Appetizers: onion rings, jalapeno poppers, potato skins, fried pickles, fried green tomatoes, chicken tenders, Brunswick stew, wings. 306 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, west side of A1A southbound, one block south of where the road splits, in the former location of Alma's. M-Th 7am-midnight, F-Sa 11am-2am, Su noon-10pm. 783-6199. Also at 5490 Stadium Parkway, Viera, on the corner of Stadium Parkway and Viera Blvd. 735-4809. SlowAndLowBarbeque.com
Sonny's Real Pit BBQ - Mysteriously, our car keeps stopping there for the babyback ribs and excellent sweet BBQ sauce (which Sam's sells in gallon containers). They also have our favorite fried okra. 310 N. Courtenay Pkwy (SR3), Merritt Island. Open 7 days. 11-9:30. 449-9102. Others: SW of I-95 on Malabar Rd in Palm Bay; and one on the N side of SR50, just east of I-95 in Titusville. SonnysBBQ.com
Woody's BBQ - Excellent okra. Good pulled pork. Big desserts. South side of 192, quarter mile west of the Melbourne Mall, Su-Th 11-9:30, F-Sa 11-10:30. 951-9163; A1A Indialantic, 779-8002. Woodys.com
Jim Jay's BBQ & Catering - Good brisket and babyback ribs. 2862 Palm Rd NE, 500 yd E of Harris, 725-3282. yelp & facebook
Smokey Bones BBQ & Sports Bar - Sports Bar with excellent ribs. In front of the Melbourne Mall. M-Th 11-10, F-Sa 11-11. 951-9777. SmokeyBones.com
Five Guys Burgers - Quality meat and ingredients at a reasonable price. Palm Bay Rd, one block west of I-95. 11a-10p. 409-9940. FiveGuys.com
Texas Roadhouse - Malabar Rd, west of I-95, and next to it, north side. 733-2939. Eau Gallie Blvd, half mile west of A1A. M-Th 4-10, F 4-10:30, Sa 12-10:30, Su 11:30-10. 773-3220. TexasRoadhouse.com
City Limits - Fat & juicy burgers in decent bowling alley restaurant. East side of Dairy Rd, one block north of Palm Bay Rd. Open 7 days 11-11. 723-2222. yelp
Longhorn Steakhouse - Palm Bay Rd, just W of I-95, 723-5200. Viera, NW of I-95 and Wickham, 632-9990. 770 E. Merritt Island Causeway (520), across from the Mall, 456-5559. LonghornSteakhouse.com
Texas JAC BBQ - 3270 Suntree Blvd; a shack and grill on the N side of the road. M-Sa 11-2. 292-0494. yelp & facebook
Mustard's Last Stand - NY/Chicago-style Hot Dogs and Kielbasa. One on west side of US1, one block west of Eau Gallie Blvd, M-Sa 11-5, Su 11:30-4, 254-5776. Second at west end of historic downtown area, on south side of New Haven; M-Th 11-8, F-Sa 11-9, Su 11:30-8, 951-3469. Third at 3210 S Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach. MustardsLastStand.us
Burger Place - 104 Municipal Ln, Old Melbourne, just S of 192. M-Th 11-8, F-Sa 11-9. 676-8914. yelp & facebook
Burger Inn - Greasy but delicious burgers. US1, just north of Aurora Rd, east side. 254-2211. yelp & facebook
Hooter's - NE corner of Babcock and Nasa. 725-7409. Hooters.com
Broken Barrel Tavern - 300 different beers. 30 TVs. Smoked fish dip, sweet potato fries, mahi tacos, turkey chili, Brunswick stew, pulled pork, sliced brisket, bratwurst, chicken salad, ribs, grilled mahi. Shopping center in SW corner of Babcock and Palm Bay Rd. M-Sa 11a-2a, Su noon-2a. 728-4755. BrokenBarrelTavern.com
There are probably 40 more that I will never get to, so have a look at:
Matt's Casbah - Nice variety and good sushi. 801 E New Haven. 574-1099. Su-M 11a-9p, Tu-Sa 11a-10p. MattsCasbah.com
Pineda Crossing Bar & Grill - Large amount of amazing gourmet food in a happening place. Try anything and everything, especially the Portobello Fajitas. Excellent service. Not cheap. Just SW of Pineda on US1. 11am-10pm. 259-7760. PinedaCrossing.com
Salt & Sweet - Polish. Pierogies, kielbasa, and soups. Moderately-upscale Old-World Eastern European restaurant, with Russian, Italian, German, Viennese, and other specialties. Wickham Rd, and Lake Washington, in NW shopping center. 259-5182. M-Sa 11-2:30, 5-9:30. SaltAndSweet.net & yelp
Cafe Coconut Cove - Excellent but expensive German food in a comfortable setting. 4210 South A1A, S. Melbourne Beach (look for sign on the west side, quarter mile south of Publix). Tu-Sa 5-9, closed Su-Mo. 727-3133. CafeCoconutCove.com
Chart House - Caeser's Salad, steak & seafood. SE of 192 & US1, south of Hatt's Dive Shop (Melbourne Ave) along the Intracoastal. M-Th 5-9:30, F 5-10, Sa 5-10:30, Su 4:30-9:30. 729-6558. Chart-House.com
Black Tulip - Continental cuisine, good, expensive. Cocoa Village. M-Sa 11-1:30, 5:30-9, closed Su. 631-1133. TheBlackTulip.com & yelp
Mucho Mahalo Burritos - 3676 N Wickham Rd, S of Post Rd, W side, at the Shell station, 428-3521. M-Th 11-8:30, F-Sa 11-9 Hawaiian & Mexican. Food truck vibe. Friendly, quick service. Awesome food full of flavor. Haole-boy sandwich. Surf videos on TV. facebook
John's Sweet Tomatoes Pizzeria - Pizza and stromboli. Lots of fish and clam dishes. Wickham, a block N of 192, W side. 11a-10p. 409-8217. SweetTomatoesPizzeria.com
Bizarro's Famous New York Pizza - Italian meals. Good pizza, but lots of competition these days. 4 Wave Crest Ave, Indialantic. NE corner of A1A and Fifth Ave (US 192, which is Exit 71 on I-95), M-Th 11-9, F-Sa 11-11, Su 12-9, 724-4799. In Suntree, there is Bizzarro Express, two lights east of I-95 (Exit 73) on Wickham Road, in the Mobil station on the left side, on a corner across from Eckerds, 255-5852. And one on Palm Bay Rd at Port Malabar Rd, a mile east of I-95, 733-4343, and another just west of I-95 on Malabar Rd, 409-8111. In Cocoa (on the mainland, not beach-side), there is a Hegel's Bizarro's in the Byrd Plaza Shopping Center on Dixon Blvd, west of US1, across the train tracks, halfway between 528 and 520, 638-2155. They also have Noonan's, a regular restaurant serving dinners (but it can be a noisy echo chamber) at 218 Hwy A1A in Satellite Beach, just south of Pineda, 777-7793. facebook
TGI Fridays - Extensive menu, and later hours. 192 and Hollywood/Evans, on NW corner, across from Melbourne Mall, 723-8443. Other one in front of Merritt Square Mall, 452-8071. TGiFridays.com
Firehouse Subs - Su-Th 10:30-9, F-Sa 10:30-10. Seven locations: 225 Palm Bay Rd, between Five Guys and Moe's. 1080 N Wickham Rd, between Sarno and Eau Gallie. 2251 W New Haven Ave, few blocks W of Melbourne Mall, S side of road. 4100 N Wickham Rd, NW corner of Post Rd. 7640 N Wickham Rd, Suntree. 1852 S Rockledge Blvd. 125 Merritt Island Causeway. FirehouseSubs.com
The Shaka Dog - 5070 Minton Rd, between Palm Bay Rd and Emerson Rd, W side. 802-3197. 11a-9p. Hawaiian-sttyle foods: Slow-roasted pork. Tuna poke. Spam incarnations, such as Spam fries. Shaved ice. Hot dogs with toppings that include garlic cilantro, spicy sriracha, and relishes such as banana, coconut, and pineapple. TheShakaDog.com
Siam Orchid - Thai & Sushi. One in Melbourne on NASA, just east of Babcock, 729-6383. The other is at La Quinta Inn in Cocoa Beach, 783-4545. M-F 11:30-2:30, M-Su 5:30-10. SiamOrchidThaiSushi.com
Banzai Sushi Thai - NW corner of Wickham and Lake Washington. M-Th 11a-2:45p, 4:30p-9:30p, F-Sa 11a-2:45p, 4:30p-10p, Su 4:30p-9p. 757-5804. BanzaiSushiThai.com
Haru Sushi Bar & Grill - Upscale Japanese restaurant that serves Korean dishes Bulgoki, Kalbi, and Bibimbab. 1500 North A1A, Indiatlantic, 725-6100. M-F 11:30-2:30, M-Su 5-10. yelp
Pappagallos - Good pizza & $5+ All-U-Can-Eat buffet at lunch. 2910 N A1A, 1/2 mile S of Eau Gallie, across from the Hilton. Su-Th 11-9:30, F-Sa 11-10. 773-7272. Pappagallos.com
Palermo's Pizza - Good pizza, stromboli, calzone, and subs. 2040 Palm Bay Rd, 500 yd E of Babcock, S side. M-Th 11-9, F-Sa 11-10, Su 12-6. 951-9929. PalermosPizzaFL.com
Pho Cali Vietnamese Restaurant - Extensive menu. Massive amount of food. Bubble tea. Eccentric, misunderstood waiter. Wickham Rd, just S of Sarno, W side, 255-7525, 242-7028. M-Th 11-9. F-Sa 11-9:30. Pho Cali & yelp
Saigon Bistro Vietnamese Cuisine - Good but expensive. 1306 20th Street, Vero Beach (north side of road). M-F 11:30-3 & 5-10, Sa-Su 5-10. 772-299-5997. yelp
Asian Gourmet - Vietnamese & Thai. Pleasant staff uses a good selection of quality vegetables. Not cheap. Cooking Classes. US1, one mile south of Eau Gallie, two miles north of 192, at the north end of Babcock. M-F 11-9, Sa 12-9. 255-6471. yelp
Hazel's Caribbean - Jamaican. Good Oxtail. Curry Goat. Roti. Fine jerk pork. Fresh coco bread and homemade beef patties. Try the Brown Stew Chicken for something different. Plan on take-out, if music is too loud. In the strip mall at Stack Blvd and Palm Bay Rd, two blocks west of Babcock. M-Sa 11-10, Su 11-8. 768-6453. HazelsCaribbean.com
Caribbean Cove - Basic Jamaican. Oxtail, Curry Goat & Chicken, Rice & Peas. Nice sorrell drink sometimes available. 582 W. King St. North side of 520, two blocks west of US1. 631-6699. yelp
Berty's Fine Jamaican Cuisine - Good goat roti. Oxtail is OK. Jerk (food, not person) not to our liking. Snapper. Excellent island-style homemade sweet potato pudding (pie) and ginger beer. Conch fritters and salad if ordered in advance. Ackee on Sat. Smaller meals, but smaller prices. 2280 Harris St. on Palm Bay Rd, next to the Circle K, by Harris Corp. M-F 9-7, Sa 10-8. 676-4412. yelp
Indian & Caribbean Kitchen - Guyanese-Trini style phoulorie, plantain, samosas, beef patties, doubles (chickpeas), goat curry, oxtail, biryani, tandoori, and tikkas. S Babcock St, SW corner of University Blvd (by FIT), upstairs to the right. M-Sa 10a-11p. 724-6131.Kappy's Cafe - Cajun sandwich. 7025 N Wickham, Suntree Station next to 7 Eleven. Tu-F 6:30-8, Sa 7-4. 255-0991.
Old Village Restaurant - Diner food. Good specials. 1180 Aurora Rd, 254-8559. M-Sa 6a-2:30p, Su 6:30a-1:30p.
Shep's Diner - Good for a diner, with surprising variety. Look closely at specials. Comfortable. Aurora Rd, half mile W of US1. 255-2999. 7a-2p. yelp
Victoria's Family Restaurant - Good Greek food. Excellent rack of lamb, and large lamb shank. Friendly and comfortable restaurant full of locals. East side of N. Courtenay Pkwy (SR3), two blocks north of 520 in Merritt Island. M-Sa 7a-9p, Su 7a-2:30p. 459-1656.
Zachary's - If you are in Cape Canaveral area and get hungry for Greek. Fish meals such as Tilapia are pretty good too, but suggest the Port a couple minutes to the north. 8799 Astronaut Blvd, west side of A1A, one mile south of Port Canaveral. M-Sa 6a-10, Su 7-10. 784-9007. ZacharysRestaurant.com
Rolli Pork Loin Extraordinaire - BBQ pork on soft kaiser rolls. Philly cheesesteaks, Portabella burgers, and great fries. New Haven, between Mall and Babcock, north side. M-Sa 6a-10p, Su 6a-9p. 409-0201. yelp
Chili's - Good guacamole burgers, fries, and ribs. Palm Bay Rd & Babcock. Mo-Th 11-11 F-Sa 11-12, Su 11-10:30. 984-0245; Sarno and Wickham, W. Melbourne 757-9449; or Merritt Island. Chilis.com
Siwon Tasty Chinese BBQ - Szechuan & Cantonese. Traditional roast duck and crispy skin pork Fri-Sun. SW corner of Babcock and Malabar Rd. M, W, Th 11a-9p, F-Sa 11a-9:30p. 726-8140. SiwonTastyToGo.com
Young's Buffet - Another Chinese buffet. Palm Bay Rd and Babcock, SW corner. 676-6188.
Hong Kong Super Buffet - Fills up fast with a diverse crowd. M-Th 11-10:30, F-Sa 11-11, Su 12-10. South side of New Haven (across from the Melbourne Mall). 722-9966. yelp
Chipotle Mexican Grill - New Haven Ave, across from Melbourne Mall; another in Viera. M-Su 11a-10p. 729.6211. Chipotle.com
Pita Pit - Build-your-own sandwiches and smoothies. Babcock, just south of Melbourne High School. M-F 10:30am-9pm, Sa-Su 11:30am-8pm. 327-5923. PitaPitUSA.com
Cedar's Cafe - Average Lebanese. Very good lamb. 4500 N Wickham Road #137, On the west side of Wickham, just north of Post Road. Tu-Sa 11-3, 5-9. 751-0000. CedarsCafe.com
King of the Gyro - Very limited. 3150 S Babcock St, SW corner at University, upstairs. 676-8976.
Thai Thai Restaurant & Sushi Bar - Thai food for Americans. If you need a sushi fix, this is one place to stop, although there are others north on Wickham, or on Sarno. SE corner of Lake Washington and Wickham, 253-2353. Thai Thai 2 is on A1A at Paradise Beach Shopping Center, behind Ichabod's. Thai Thai 3 is in Cape Canaveral. Thai Thai House on Palm Bay Rd, just W of I-95, N side.
Bangkok Bangkok - Average Thai, and a bit expensive. Eau Gallie Blvd and A1A. M-Sa 11-2:30, 4:30-10, Su 12-10. 777-2988.
Pollo Tropical - Grilled chicken, ribs, shredded roast pork, wings, beans, rice, yuca. Palm Bay Rd, just W of I-95. M-Su 10:30a-midnight. 952-6977. PolloTropical.com
Shere Punjab - Shahi Korma, Rogan Josh, and aromatic rice were good. Tandoori was nothing to get excited about. Mango lassi drink was excellent although loaded with ice cubes. Passable service, but not too talkative. Prices a tad high since they are in a major tourist zone, but lunch prices much better. Not worth the splurge and attitude for us, now that other Indian restaurants have opened. North side of 520, one block west of A1A in Cocoa Beach. M-Su 11:30-2:30, M-Th 5-10, F-Sa 5-10:30, Su 5-10. 799-4696. yelp
European Crew Corner - Wed wiener schnitzel, Th ribeye, Fri goulash, Sat sarma stuffed cabbage leaves. Merritt Square Mall, next to the main entrance. W-M lunch, W-Sa 5-9:30. 459-0101.
Brooklyn Pizza & Pasta - Best NYC style pie in the county. NW corner of Murrel and Viera in Rockledge. 633-7003. BrooklynPizza-Pasta.com
Loyd Have Mercy - Soul and Southern. Huge takeout business. $5 lunch specials. 640 S Park Ave, Titusville. Tu-W 11-4, Th-Sa 11-10. 269-1008. yelp
This info is primarily from the Melbourne YellowPages. You can also search Bellsouth online, under "Grocers" and "Oriental Goods", but it can be frustrating and incomplete. If you are only looking for dry goods, shopping on the Internet is also viable, but not nearly as fun.
Grimaldi Candies - Established in 1969, it was founded on family recipes from Italy over 100 years old. If you want to start a good/bad habit, try the chocolate-covered potato chips. They have moved 100 feet SW to Waverly Place, from old location at 815 E Strawbridge Ave, 3 blocks W of US 1, S side. 724-0535. GrimaldiCandies.com
Nosh & Ganache - Cafe, Chocolatier, Caterer. Lunch M-Sa 11-2:30. Dinner Th-Sa 6p-until no customers. Indoor and garden dining. 1540 Highland Ave. 254-1451.
VinnieLu's Beachside Chocolates - 886 N Miramar Ave, Indialantic. 723-8000. VinnieLuChocolates.com
Indian River Coffee - Excellent coffee; fresh beans roasted and blended in-house. Good pastries, bagels, and croissants. 2112A Sarno Rd, NW corner of Croton, in building along Sarno. M-Sa 6-6. 259-8005. IndianRiverCoffee.com
Brevard County Farmers Market - Thursday 3p-6p at Wickham Park. BrevardCountyFarmersMarket.com
USDA List - Select Florida, then search list for Brevard. USDA
Local Harvest - Farms and markets. Local Harvest
Eau Gallie Farmers Market - Saturday year-round, 8a-2p at the corner of Highland Ave and Eau Gallie Blvd, in the Eau Gallie Square Park. BrevardFarmersMarkets.com/eauagalliepage.html
Downtown Melbourne Farmers Market - Sat 9a-3p at 192 and US1, SW corner parking lot.
Palm Bay City Hall Grounds - Oct-May, 2nd Saturday of the month, 8am-3pm. Plants, fresh fruit & vegetables. 952-3443.
Super Flea & Farmer's Market - SW corner of Eau Gallie Blvd and I-95. Fri-Sun 9-4. SuperFleaMarket.com
Best India - Wickham Rd, a block north of Ellis Rd, on the east side. M-Sa 10-8, Su 11-7. 914-0876. BestIndiaFL.com
East-Ish Multi-Cultural Food Market - 4910 Stack Blvd, Palm Bay Rd and first light W of Babcock. M-Sa 10-9, Su 11-7. 953-3833.
Land of Spices - 106 S Babcock St, N of the tracks, on the W side. M-Sa 11-7, Su 1-5. 723-1803.
Asian American Market / Amerasian Cafe & Market - 6165 Babcock St, Palm Bay SE, a block S of Malabar Rd, on the E side. M-Th 10-8 F-Su 10-9. 723-5599. Filipino grocer with variety of Asian items for sale.
Asian Grocery - 3280 W New Haven Ave, Melbourne. 722-5000. Vietnamese or Thai grocer.
Asian Market & Imports - 1985 N Harbor City Blvd (US 1), just N of Aurora Rd, on the E side of US 1 in Melbourne. 259-3151. Mainly Thai.
Hyundai Market - 1507 Aurora Rd, 1/4-mile W of US 1, 757-7622. M-Sa 9-7, Su 12-5. Korean-Chinese grocer with very fresh veggies, Chinese dry-goods for herbal medicine, and some Japanese items.
Jason's Produce Market - 3290 W New Haven Ave, Melbourne. 723-7642. M-Sa 10-7, Su 10-5, and anytime you see the lights on. Chinese grocer with fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as some local seafood.
K & C Oriental Market - Aurora Rd, 100' E of Wickham Rd, north side. 254-2575. Daily 9-6. Full range of Oriental products, and very strong on Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Thai. Fresh fish and produce.
Kim's Market - 910 Pinetree Dr, a mile N of Eau Gallie Blvd, N side of Pinetree at A1A, Indian Harbor Beach. 779-2414. Korean grocer. Fresh-made food on Saturday.
Kyung Sung Oriental Market - 690 N Wickham Rd, S of Sarno Rd, W side of road, W Melbourne. 751-9997. Korean.
Melbourne Oriental Market - 2891 W New Haven (US 192), next to Home Depot in W Melbourne. 952-0600. M-Sa 9:30-7, Su 10-6.
Oriental Food Mart - 710 S Patrick Dr, Satellite Beach. 773-7550.
Oriental Store - 1326 Malabar Rd, Palm Bay. 914-0864. M-Su 9:30a-8p. Filipino.
Oriental Imports & Grocer - 8010 N Atlantic Ave, Cape Canaveral 32920. 799-9381. Filipino grocer just S of the port. Use Google Maps to get a good idea of the location, as it is not on A1A.
Thrifty Specialty Produce - 2135 Palm Bay Rd, N side, W of Woodlake, across from the Fire Dept, at the blinking light. M-Sa 8:30-7, Su 8:30-6. 726-8007. Second one in SE corner of Wickham and Lake Washington. Asian, Caribbean, and Hispanic supplies. yelp
Al-Houda - Babcock St, in first shopping center north of Palm Bay Rd, right side. 676-8905. M-Su 11a-2a. Serves meals too. yelp
East-Ish Multi-Cultural Food Market - 4910 Stack Blvd, Palm Bay Rd and first light W of Babcock. M-Sa 10-9, Su 11-7. 953-3833.
Middle Eastern Aromas - S Babcock St, SW corner of University Blvd (by FIT), now downstairs to the left. M-F 11-11, Sa 11-7, closed Sun. 725-5941. Serves meals too. MiddleEasternAromas.com
Bravo Supermarkets - 2517 Palm Bay Rd. M-F 8-7, Sa 8-8, Su 8-6. 837-1112. Fresh fruit, veggies, pastries, and sandwiches. BravoSupermarkets.com
E&L West Indian-American Grocery - 5108 W Minton Rd, Palm Bay. 409-9226.
Jah-Merica Caribbean Restaurant - In a colorful building on the S side of 520, 1/4 mile W of US1. Open 7 days 8a-10p. Closed some Sundays. 631-6550. Try the "fruit" cake, which is more like a spicy bread with some rum-soaked raisins.
Portuguese Corner Store & Bakery - Good espresso and cappucino. Try the variety of fresh empanadas. Order malsadas in advance (1st Sat of month for now). 1304 Malabar Rd, on SE corner of Babcock. Tu-F 9-5, Sa 8-4, Su 8-1. 728-0201. facebook
Thrifty Specialty Produce - 2135 Palm Bay Rd, N side, W of Woodlake, across from the Fire Dept, at the blinking light. M-Sa 8:30-7, Su 8:30-6. 726-8007. Asian, Caribbean, and Hispanic supplies. facebook
Julie's British Shoppe - 909 E New Haven Ave. 768-8639. www.BritishShoppe.net
Cerrato's Italian Market & Deli - US 192, 100 yd E of Dairy Rd, N side. M-F 10a-7p, Sa 10-6. 984-3668. Sandwiches, antipasti, baked goods, pastries. facebook
Melbourne Beach Market / Oceanside Market - 302 Ocean Ave, Melbourne Beach. 676-5225, 733-4339. M-Sa 8-8, Su 8-6. Prosciutto di parma, deli meats, bread, olives, wine, oil, fresh pastries. MelbourneBeachMarket.com yelp & facebook
Pane E Vino Restaurant - 1800 W Hibiscus St, in a fancy strip shopping center, to the left of the Oaks 10 movie theater. 676-5499. Good selection of meats, cheeses, breads, and pastries. Sunday buffet.
Portabella Ristorante - 4657 South US1, E side of the road in Peddler's Village, 1/4 mile S of Barnes Blvd (which goes to I-95), Rockledge. Tu-Th 11-4 & 5-9, Fr 11-3 & 5-9, Sa 5-9. 638-0140. Small Italian grocery store in the lobby. PortabellaRistorante.com
Pumpernickel's Delicatessen - German food worth the drive. Tremendous selection of desserts. Small deli/grocer in lobby. Titusville, SW of Searstown Mall. 2850 S. Hopkins Ave. M-Sa 8-9, Su 8-2. 268-5160.
Euro Deli - 192 and Wickham, in NW shopping center. M-Sa 10-6. 676-8944. EuroDeliMLB.com
Cost Plus World Market - Viera. WorldMarket.com
Downtown Produce Market - Ellis Rd. M-Sa 9-6. 308-0275. DowntownProduceMarket.com
Fresh Market Wickham Rd, a mile N of Pineda, 259.5619, M-Sa 8a-9p. theFreshMarket.com
Green Turtle Market - 855 E Eau Gallie, Indian Harbor Beach. 773-2001. GreenTurtleMarket.com
Lucky's Market - 3170 W New Haven Ave, W Melbourne. 405-0398. LuckysMarket.com
Petty's Meat Market - 1600 S Babcock St, 1/4 mile N of 192, 725-0400. Second store at 6115 N Wickham Rd, 752-0400. Extensive meats, cheeses, deli, and bakery. PettysMeatMarket.com
There are plenty of grocers, especially around Colonial Drive and Mills. See the link at the bottom of this page for more info on Orlando.
Jan - Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival
Feb - Chowder Cook-Off in Port Canaveral. 454-2022.
Feb-Mar - Greek Festival at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 5965 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne. 254-1045.
Feb-Mar - Jumbalaya Jam in celebration of Mardi Gras, at the Wickham Park Pavillion in Melbourne. 633-4028.
Mar - Grant Seafood Festival
Mar - India Festival: The big event. Wickham Park Pavillion, Melbourne.
Feb-Mar - Space Coast Seafood Festival in Viera.
Mar-Apr - Songkran Festival at Thai Temple.
Apr - Grant BBQ Fest
Jun - BBQ & Blues Festival in Cocoa Village. 631-9075.
Sep - Palm Bay Caribbean Festival at Palm Bay Regional Park. 728-2558.
Sep - Brevard Caribbean Fest: Labor Day weekend at Wickham Park Park.
Oct - Oktoberfest at the Wickham Park Pavillion, Melbourne. 633-4028.
Oct - Rockledge Gardens Fall Festival: Food trucks, live music, over 30 arts and crafts booths, hayrides, game, petting zoo.
Oct-Nov - Space Coast State Fair at 6091 Stadium Parkway, Viera. Includes rides, food, vendors, laser tag, professional bull riding, circus, and live entertainment.
Florida Barbecue Association Contests
South Indian Festivals
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Last Revision Sep 20, 2017
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