What's better than the delicious restaurants on the Space Coast, Fla.? The beaches. And what's better than the beaches? Bringing the two together.
Pack a picnic blanket (OK, a beach blanket will do, too) and a basket (or a to-go container) and bring your meal to the sand. Here are our favorite 10 take-out dining options on the Space Coast.
Want to start your day with a healthy breakfast on the beach? Get a smoothie at Juice N Java Cafe.
Looking for a quick but filling lunch? Long Doggers hot dogs and Da Kine Diego's burritos are two locally famous options. Order a sandwich (or the fixings to make your own) at Canaveral Meats and Deli, or pick one up at Toojay's Gourmet Deli. Looking for a healthy to-go option? D.I.G. Bistro won't disappoint.
For dinner, Papa Vito's always delivers delicious Italian food to go. And by always, we mean 365 days a year – until late night. Pizzoni's is another favorite Italian restaurant. BBQ-lovers will enjoy the Southern fare at Sonny's BBQ, which has a separate take-out menu and also can cater events. For seafood, as well as sandwiches, burgers and kabobs, check out Grills Seafood Deck.
You can find plenty of different take-out options on the Space Coast to fill you up any time of day.
The name says it all: D.I.G. Bistro stands for "dirt inspired goodness." In other words, fresh real food, straight from the soil.
D.I.G. Bistro uses produce and meats grown and raised by local farmers – not the pesticide-laden stuff you can find in the grocery store.
Although the farm-fresh food here is house-made and healthy, it's substantial, too. Indulge in bacon and cheese and and eggs and rich goodness, as well as refreshing drinks like the blueberry iced tea, and unique alternatives, such as pumpkin fries or baked sweet potato fries.
For more traditional healthy offerings, the wraps and salads (try the pear and roasted squash) are delicious. Vegetarian and gluten-free options abound, such as quinoa and lentil dishes. (321-254-5001)
Juice N Java Cafe
Juice N Java is a great place to get fresh-roasted coffee wine, craft beers and healthy, fresh, farm-to-table menu options inspired from around the world. This shop is a local fave and has been voted the No. 1 coffee house in Central Florida.
For healthy options check out the fruit smoothies, salads and artisan cheese trays. For a healthy snack, try the chocolate-covered strawberries. Sandwiches come with a variety of bread options to meet your dietary needs or culinary cravings. Juice N Java also offers vegetarian options, like the roma sandwich.
Come and plan to stay; wifi is free and service is excellent. Grab a table outside on a nice day. (321-784-4044)
Toojay's Gourmet Deli
TooJay's Gourmet Deli is known for its delicious New York-style deli sandwiches.
With a more than three-decade reputation in 25 different locations throughout Florida, including Melbourne on the Space Coast, TooJay's is well known throughout the state.
Traditional comfort food at TooJays includes shepherd's pie, beef brisket, meatloaf and cheese blintzes, all served with fresh-baked rye bread and soup or salad.
Do you have dietary restrictions? Many homestyle restaurants don't offer much for people with gluten allergies or sensitivities. But TooJay's offers a full gluten-free menu, including roasted Atlantic salmon and grilled London broil.
TooJay's has earned many different awards, so it's a great bet if you're looking for a comforting, home-style meal, with a statewide reputation for large portions and delicious offerings. (321-369-0450)
If you're craving an inexpensive, quick slice of comfort food, the best pizza place on the Space Coast is Pizonni's. Here, pizza slices start at only $2.50. Splurge and order your slice with some cheesy bacon ranch garlic cheese knots, dipped in Ranch dressing, for less than $5.
Pizonni's other specialties are worth branching out to try. The Chicken Roll (stuffed with marinated chicken breast, tomato sauce and cheese)
and the Spinach Roll (bread rolls stuff with spinach, garlic, mozzarella and ricotta, and sprinkled with parmesan) would be our pick over pizza any day.
With a focus on authenticity, friendly service and customer satisfaction, Pizzoni's Pizza proudly serves authentic hand-tossed New York style pizza. Beer is also on hand.
Pizonni's dough is freshly prepared every day, and you can watch your order be made from scratch. (321-268-8009)
Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar
Pick your favorite location: Melbourne Riverside or on the Port. But whatever you do, don't judge this restaurant by its curb appeal. Grills looks like a standard waterside shack (complete with its own party deck and tiki bar, of course!), but then it's that intentional shabbiness that helps give the place its character. Of course, the kitchen crew does its part, too, a fact made clear once you've tried the grilled fish of the day (mahi mahi or cobia one day, maybe dolphin the next), bacon-wrapped scallops, or steamed deep-water crab legs. Forget all of that battered and fried nonsense! If it's fresh fish and seafood you seek, Grills serves up some of the best. (http://www.visitgril)
Da Kine Diego's
Da Kine Diego's is the best food-bang for your buck on the Space Coast, period. This beachy shack is beloved for its Insane Burritos – the biggest burritos you've ever seen. Huger than huge. One Insane Burrito can provide an average person at least two meals, and for under $7. Plus, the burritos are delicious; make sure you explore the hot sauce and guac options.
Da Kine Diego's is an authentic surfer hangout with a funky atmosphere. Find it in Satellite Beach across the street from the beach, is decorated with stickers, graffiti and signatures. Sign your own name on the bench, while you chill under the palms listening to reggae music. No shirt, no shoes, no one would expect anything else. (321-779-8226)
Canaveral Meats and Deli
Sometimes, you're just looking for a casual place to grab a sandwich. Sometimes, after a day on the beach, you don't want to have to get dressed up and make a big deal out of lunch. Canaveral Meats and Deli isn't the kind of place you would think to visit for lunch – but prepare to be pleasantly surprised. FInd soups, salads and sandwiches for some of the cheapest prices around. Nearly every sandwich, even the specialty subs, come in under $5 for a footlong. Soup is made fresh daily.
Beef is grain-fed and fresh-cut every day. You can also buy a full line a cold cuts and cheeses here to take home – which means it does look like a store when you walk in. You don't go here for the atmosphere (although you do go here for perfect beach picnic food). Canaveral Meats is a healthy and flavorful alternative to fast food. (321-799-2875)
It wouldn't be right to have a top-10 list in this area without at least one legitimate tribute to surfing. Long Doggers has that covered. Come as you are – yes, even after a morning of surfing. Grab a quick foot-long "Mork Dog" at the window, or sit down for a Beach Bum meal, like a crab cake with a handful of sides. Everything here's casual. After all, Long Doggers calls itself a "radically relaxed" grill and brew. Bonus: People with allergies will appreciate the full gluten-free menu. Find Long Doggers as five different locations in Florida. (321-751-4448)
Papa Vito's Italian Restaurant in Cape Canaveral is not the cheapest Italian restaurant on the Space Coast, but it does have the best specials. Which means if you time it right, you can have high-quality food for cheap prices.
Papa Vito's serves up fresh-to-order Italian food and pizza 365 days a year, open 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. every day. It also delivers.
Lunch specials here start at just $2.99. Happy hour features 30-cent wings and a buy-one-get-one-free dinner. Beer is just a buck.
Every day, Papa Vita's has different lunch specials. Get sandwiches, chips and a drink starting at just $2.99, and calzones for less than $5. Also check out the "early bird" and "late night" happy hour deals. The list of bargains goes on. (321-784-0050)
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