A burger and a beer at Crackers Island Grille — Photo courtesy of Crackers Island Grille
Sometimes the best new things are a little old fashioned.
Crackers opened in summer 2015, but it's quickly garnered nearly all rave reviews online from diners who are pleased with the taste, price, atmosphere and also friendliness of this husband-and-wife-run business.
Inside Crackers Island Grille — Photo courtesy of Crackers Island Grille
In true Space Coast, island style, Crackers is relaxed and casual, often drawing in the surfers and beach-goers from the nearby water.
It’s a definite hidden gem, one of those strip-mall-style places you might walk right past – except for the packed tables (if you peek inside).
The restaurant itself isn’t big: it seats about two dozen people. But if you can’t score a table or a spot at the counter, you can take it to go and eat on the beach.
The food here is simple and all made fresh from scratch.
Crackers opened in summer 2015 — Photo courtesy of Crackers Island Grille
The signature item is arguably the Cape Canaveral Coney Dog (a Vienna, all-beef, natural dog), served with homemade Coney Island sauce. Although, the Philly cheese steaks and burgers are some of the tastiest on the Space Coast, too.
Quick grab-and-go fare takes center stage here, except this time, fast and inexpensive does not sacrifice quality.
All hot dogs are 100 percent pure beef. The French fries are cut by hand in old-school style, and they're a customer fave.
The menu also features chicken, tacos, sliders, pulled pork, fresh-made chips and a house-made Hawaiian pasta salad. (No other kinds of salad here.) Beyond the coney sauce, the homemade chili and signature “island sauce” bring the plates to the next level of deliciousness.
The regular menu is not long, and it’s pretty standard, although it has a few unique wild cards, such as a footlong Philly steak and a one-pound burger topped with a fried egg.
Nacho Mamma's Taco Tuesday — Photo courtesy of Crackers Island Grille
The specials get a little more adventurous, such as the Hawaiian meatball sub: Polynesian-seasoned meatballs, topped with pineapple slices, pico, cheese and island sauce on a roll, served with those perfect fresh-made fries. Or you can try the Hawaiian tuna salad on brioche.
Feeling naughty? Try those fries smothered in chili cheese. You’ll see why people are talking about them. So naughty, so good.
Also, look for daily specials, such as Nacho Mamma’s Taco Tuesday, where you can get island tacos, nacho chips and a drink for a discounted price.
Bonus: Visitors who want to tip back a cold brew may be happy to know thats Crackers serves local beer and wine, and for cheap.
Portions are generous, too, so new visitors are often surprised by the low price point. The restaurant regularly runs specials that include a main course, side and drink for less than $7.
So in that, Crackers feels a little old fashioned, too.
The coney dog at Crackers Island Grille — Photo courtesy of Crackers Island Grille