Feed Your Belly without Starving Your Wallet: Space Coast's Best Budget Restaurants

The Space Coast, Florida, is known for its excellent dining options. But this laid back, surfer-filled area of eastern Florida is far from presumptuous. So it's no surprise that the Space Coast is also filled with a large selection of budget-friendly restaurants. 

Looking for the best belly-bang for your buck? Da Kine Diego's is famous for its Insane Burritos, which are probably the biggest burritos you'll ever see. Split one between a few people and feed your traveling army for less than $10. 

The family-owned restaurants here are the best place to head if you are on a budget. Family-run Vargas Cafe serves up authentic Cuban and Mexican cuisine. The Alexandria Mediterranean Grill offers traditional Middle Eastern meals using the founder's family recipes from generations ago. And family-run Pizzoni's makes the best New York-style pizza on the Space Coast, at only a few bucks a slice. 

Hungry for something different? Sun on the Beach has a unique seafood-influenced breakfast menu, with the likes of shrimp and grits or a pesto shrimp creme. 

If your taste buds are calling out for comfort food, Papa Vita's Italian restaurant has some of the best food specials on the coast. Don't miss Papa Vita's happy hours  twice a day. 

Cape Canaveral
Papa Vito's
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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...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Pizonni's


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...  Read More

Sun on the Beach Restaurant


Sun on the Beach Restaurant is a family business that backs right up to the beach. In fact, it's one of the few places to eat with an ocean view between Cocoa and Vero beaches. Sun on the Beach is surprisingly inexpensive, for the unique,...  Read More

Cape Canaveral
Vargas Cafe
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In this little, family-owned cafe, you will be awed by the authentic Cuban and Mexican cuisine for reasonable prices – under $10 a meal. Vargas Cafe (named after the husband-wife owner duo) claims to make the best Cuban subs in Cape Capaveral,...  Read More



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...  Read More

Alexandria Mediterranean Grill


Alexandria Mediterranean Grill is a delicious place for some inexpensive and healthy Mediterranean food, but you can also find Greek, Italian and Middle Eastern offerings here. Almost everything on the menu is less than $10 – and it's all made...  Read More



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,...  Read More

Crackers Island Grille
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Crackers Island Grill is a local surfers' favorite. This relaxed restaurant in Cape Canaveral is close to the waves and next door to Core Surf, so it draws in the hungry wave-hunters. But it's also popular among hungry travelers seeking a...  Read More

Satellite Beach
Da Kine Diego's
Photo courtesy of 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...  Read More


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