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 Canaveral, and there's really no contest. Breakfast here starts around 8:45 a.m. Enjoy omelets, espressos and Cuban coffee, which is the shining star of this small establishment. For a later brunch, we enjoy the Don Pepe Special: Palomilla steak, red beans, a salad, Cuban bread, pico de gallo and, of course, that steaming "expresso" to wash it all down. Feeling less adventurous? The beef empanadas will fill you up and leave your belly smiling. Everything here is homemade, from sauces to the refreshing avocado salad, and the real Cuban deal.
Recommended for Breakfast because: Enjoy an authentic Cuban and Mexican breakfast or brunch with incredible Cuban coffee.
Aimee's expert tip: You must try the Cuban coffee. Period.
Simply Delicious is an early riser, and only open until mid-afternoon. It's well known for its stunning cakes and cupcakes, but its breakfast always draws out crowds, too. As you might expect as a bakery, Simply Delicious's specialties are also sweet and indulgent, such as blueberry-stuffed French toast with cream cheese. But you can also get hearty, American-style plates, such as omelets, grits and biscuits and gravy. On your way out, make sure you grab a cupcake. The baked goods here are beautiful, creative, colorful and photo-worthy. Like an art gallery that you can eat. Simply Delicious is a family-run, long-standing Cocoa Beach business with a loyal following.
Recommended for Breakfast because: Simply Delicious offers an indulgent breakfast menu, in addition to exquisite cakes and cupcakes.
Aimee's expert tip: Sunday brunch can be packed, and the restaurant only holds about 40 people. Be prepared to wait, but it's well worth it.
Sunrise opens at 6 a.m. and stays open until 6 p.m. This family-fun business is a hot gathering place to work, relax and meet. In fact, a local running club and knitting club meet here regularly. There's plenty of space to meet and wifi is free. Sunrise doesn't only offer (delicious) whole-grain breads. It also bakes muffins, cookies, scones and cinnamon rolls – most from scratch. Bread here is made from 100 percent whole wheat with no additives, and flavored using pure Florida honey. Most bread doesn't contain preservatives, fats or oils. Gluten-free eaters will be happy to see a small selection for them, too. Curl up with a book, a coffee and a light breakfast upstairs, and prepare for your fun day on the beach. Craving something to cool off? Order a smoothie or iced blended coffee drink.
Recommended for Breakfast because: Sunrise is one of the Space Coast's best coffee shops, offering baked goods and bread made completely from scratch.
Aimee's expert tip: Try one of Sunrise's unique breads, such as raspberry swirl, almond apricot or jalapeno cheese.
The Chart House is considered one of the Space Coast's best seafood restaurants. The location is ideal, right on the banks of the Indian River and close to some of Melbourne's top businesses and, of course, the beach. Brunch at the Chart House is on the higher end, but with that, you can expect top quality. For about $26 per person, the brunch menu includes tasty plates of macadamia nut French toast topped with pineapples and berries, or a drool-worthy version of the classic benedict: a tenderloin benedict, accented with carved filet medallions. Brunch comes with the salad bar, and you can top off your late breakfast with mimosas, bloody Marys or fuzzy navels.
Recommended for Breakfast because: The Chart House is known for offering some of the Space Coast's best seafood, and that quality extends to its special brunch menu.
Aimee's expert tip: You might need to call ahead and reserve a table. The Chart House is popular, and as soon as you taste the seafood, you'll understand why.
The Green Room is one of the healthiest restaurants on the Space Coast, but it does not sacrifice taste – or originality. Plan to be surprised, plan to feel indulgent, and plan on leaving feeling better than when you arrived. Here, you can pick up organic meals for a variety of different diets: vegetarian, gluten-free, wheat-free and vegan. But even hungry carnivores and kids will enjoy the extensive menu any time of day. The acai bowls are a breakfast hit, as are the smoothies. Or bring the two together for an acai smoothie. Breakfast here starts at 10:30 a.m., so sleep in and start off the day on a healthy foot with fresh fruit.
Recommended for Breakfast because: The Green Room Cafe serves up healthy, organic food, and breakfast is no exception.
Aimee's expert tip: Start off the day right with a healthy Sambazon Acai Bowl.
Enjoy breakfast here seven days a week. Sip on fresh-squeezed orange juice or "bite the dog" with an inexpensive bloody Mary. The specialty omelets are scrumptious (try the spicy Cuban-inspired Spanish Armada omelet), but the house specials will really start your morning right. Our favorite: Crabby Frank's Benedict, an eggs benedict with snow crab instead of Canadian bacon. 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. Forget all of that battered and fried nonsense! If it's fresh fish and seafood you seek, Grills serves up some of the best.
Recommended for Breakfast because: Seven days a week, start your morning with everything from a classic breakfast to seafood-influenced specialties.
Aimee's expert tip: Try the Crabby Frank's Benedict, and eggs benedict with snow crab instead of ham or Canadian bacon.
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, delicious options you will find on the menu. Breakfast is where this restaurant really shines. Sure, you can find the standards (including a plate of plain pancakes form the "pancake bar" for just $4.50), but you can also get adventurous (try the peaches and cream pancakes). Seafood inspired much of the breakfast menu: an omelet with mahi mahi or house-smoked salmon; shrimp and grits; soft-shell crab and grits; a pesto shrimp crepe. Best of all: This excellent breakfast is served all day.
Recommended for Breakfast because: Breakfast is served here all day – and the menu is far from boring.
Aimee's expert tip: Every week, Sun on the Beach has a different special for an excellent price. Ask for a table out back, with a view of the ocean, and go for a walk along the beach after breakfast.
This enormous waterside bar features a great, covered party deck, tiki bar upstairs, sports bar, sun deck, an array of terrific martinis and an ever-popular seafood omelet brunch on Sundays. The special "Chef Creations" offer everything from a smoked salmon platter to breakfast burritos. We love the Caribbean Sunrise: grilled mahi mahi with salsa and veggies and the smoked salmon potato pancakes. The food here will pleasantly surprise you. Fishlips even offers a gluten-free menu, as well as a mouthwatering selection of seafood, fish and steak for lunch and dinner. This is the type of place you can stop by any time of the day and enjoy good times and a great view of the water.
Recommended for Breakfast because: Fishlips' Sunday brunch is popular – for a reason. The food is unique and delicious, and the waterside, covered deck is a great atmosphere.
Aimee's expert tip: The Sunday mimosa brunch is the perfect start to your Sunday (and the perfect way to recover from the previous night).
Sun Shoppe and Cafe, located in the heart of downtown Melbourne for more than a decade, features good selection of coffee, dessert, muffins and bagels. This popular, quirky coffeehouse serves breakfast all day. Coffee here comes from custom-roasted beans, and the blended "frappe" selection includes some unique concoctions, such as the PB + Mocha. Pastries are made fresh daily. You can also choose from vegetarian and vegan offerings. Looking for a cool, lighter option? The long list of smoothies at the Sun Shoppe are refreshing and inexpensive. If you're more of a tea-drinker than coffee-addict, the Sun Shoppe's selection of teas will warm your belly and start your morning right. Enjoy free wifi by day, and live music at night.
Recommended for Breakfast because: This restaurant is a delicious, inexpensive choice. Breakfast is served daily, beginning at 6 a.m.
Aimee's expert tip: Enjoy your breakfast and custom-roasted coffee outside on the patio.