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Top 10 Must-Try Restaurants in 2017: Part 1

Whether or not 2016 was the worst year of your life, we suggest putting taste buds first with these must-try restaurants in 2017. Nothing cures the ails of season’s past like a new favorite hangout for your friends and family, and finding it in Brevard County is easy. From high-end to casual, these hip spots have unique interiors, standout staff members, and creative menus fit for your fresh start.


Photo from Backwater’s website

Backwater’s rustic design is a sight straight out of Southern Living, creating the perfect atmosphere for serving up delicious comfort food. The Downtown Melbourne spot sources all of its ingredients locally and puts elbow grease into crafting homemade biscuits and fresh-squeezed juice. Griddles, batter, and toppings are available to customers who want to cook up their own pancakes, and the Backwater staff will clean up the mess (BNL does not advise extreme mess-making)!

Location: 1904 Municipal Ln, Melbourne, 321-837-3925

Café Coconut Cove

Café Coconut Cove serves up both classic and contemporary German dishes in a beautiful waterfront location. Flavorful bratwurst, schnitzel, and chicken are paired with yummy vegetables and potatoes. The decor is perfect for date night or a quiet dinner with your favorite friends. The spot even serves the best German beers to complement its dishes, making it one of our must-try restaurants in 2017.

Location: S Hwy A1A, Melbourne Beach, 321-727-3133

Café Margaux

Cafe Margaux
Photo by Tim Shortt, Florida Today

This elegant French/European spot redesigned its menu and interior this winter. The cafe has joined elements of its original menu and its sister restaurant, Ulysses’ Prime Steakhouse, now a specialty wine shop. Each entree is thoughtfully prepared with a distinct risotto or potato side, designed for every customer’s taste. The restaurant plans to change its menu with the seasons. Its new decor is modern and chic, complete with gentle blue walls and stand-out chandeliers.

Location: 220 Brevard Ave, Cocoa, 321-639-8343

Fat Kahuna’s Beach Side Grill

One of Cocoa Beach’s tiniest restaurants packs some of its biggest flavors. Fat Kahuna’s is a short walk from the beach. The Hawaiian-style jaunt serves soft tacos, sandwiches and everything in between. Face your fear of the king of the ocean and try some shark; in a burger, in tacos, or as an entree served with coconut rice, pine-mango slaw, and fresh vegetables. Make a reservation, tables fill up fast!

Location8 Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach, 321-783-6858

Florida’s Fresh Grill


Florida’s Fresh Grill is one of Cocoa Beach’s best kept secrets. Located in the mid-town Banana River Square, the dinner spot serves up sea-to-table seafood and other delicious entrees. For gluten-free guests, the majority of the menu is gluten-free, but it is not lacking in flavor. The majority of its dishes are gluten free. The decor is casual and romantic, perfect for date night.

Location: 2039 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, 321-613-5649

Green Turtle’s Grapevine Café

The Green Turtle is well-known as a fine food and wine market, but did you know about its gourmet Grapevine Cafe? Grapevine has two skilled chefs on board, so their menu is always jam-packed with savory dishes for guests to try. The indoor setting is a nod to a bistro on the coast of Italy with exposed brick and vines. The plating is nothing short of a work-of-art. This lunch spot closes early, so plan ahead!

Location: 855 E Eau Gallie Blvd, Satellite Beach, 321-773-2001

The Mansion

The Mansion in Melbourne
Photo from Space Coast Living

Look no further than The Mansion for delicious food in a unique setting. Originally named The Queen Anne, the 1905 house has served as a home to Melbourne natives who would host ice cream socials for the community. It even provided shelter during hurricanes. The historical landmark now has a cellar full of microbrews, a deli, and a phenomenal restaurant. Try the Blackened Salmon BLT, a cajun-spiced salmon filet topped with applewood smoked bacon on fresh-baked ciabatta.

Location: 1218 E New Haven Ave, Melbourne, 321-345-5800

Playalinda Brewing Co.’s Brix Project

Since opening in September, Brix Project has been a huge hit amongst Brevard residents making it one of the must-try restaurants in 2017. Their menu has creative takes on pub favorites like Bavarian Pretzels with Beer Cheese, or Corned Beef Poutine. The hip spot has burgers piled high with delectable toppings and entrees for every palate; seafood and steak lovers alike.

Location: 5220 S Washington Ave, Titusville, 321-567-5974

Salt Restaurant

Salt Restaurant
Photo from the Hilton’s website

The Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront’s premiere fine dining restaurant is open to both visitors and the public to enjoy its incredible breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Executive Chef Glenn Gilbert has crafted an exquisite menu full of some of the finest quality dishes in Cocoa Beach. Salt’s decor is sleek and inviting, with huge windows for guests to watch the colors as the sun sets. If you want fine food closer to the beach, Salt’s menu is available at the Hilton’s poolside restaurant, Longboard’s Tiki Beach Grille.

Location: 1550 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, 321-799-0003

Too Cool Café

Must-try-restaurants-in-2017“Food with attitude” is this contemporary café’s motto and they stand by it. Too Cool Café offers inventive twists on burgers, pasta, and seafood. Their brunch menu, served until 2pm, has an entire section dedicated to crepes. Stuff a light and sweet pancake with strawberries, apples, chicken or curry. You name it, Too Cool’s got it.

Location: 2051 S Patrick Dr, Indian Harbour Beach, 321-777-3735



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