Make Your Belly at Home with the Space Coast's Best Homestyle Restaurants

Make yourself at home when you visit the Space Coast with these delicious restaurants, serving up delicious homestyle cookin' in Florida. 

A plate of Southern food can feel like a great big hug (to your taste buds), and if that's what you're craving, check out Loyd Have Mercy, our favorite, family-run comfort-food expert on the Space Coast. For barbecue, you can't go wrong with Sonny's BBQ, with its four different styles of sauce stationed on every table for you to indulge and explore. 

Other unpretentious restaurants where you can relax and enjoy a bite include Pineda Crossing and Grills Seafood Deck and Tiki Bar. 

There's not much more homey than a hot plate of noodles and fresh garlic bread, which is why Island Pasta Company and Sweet Tomatoes Pizzeria continue to be local favorites on the comfort food front. 

For a unique spin on comfort food, check out Crush Eleven in Cocoa Village. This restaurant offers your childhood favorites, like mac and cheese and fries, but with a sophisticated, grown-up flair. Pair your plate with craft beers or one of Crush Eleven's wines to enjoy mac and cheese in a whole new way. 

Here are the top 10 homestyle restaurants on the Space Coast. 

Murdock's Bistro
Photo courtesy of Murdock's Southern Bistro


Southern hospitality shines at Murdock's, a relaxed bistro that serves lunch, dinner and often live entertainment, too. Eat your meal inside the cozy interior or outside on the large back porch or front deck. Chow down on some Southern-style...  Read More



Forget all of that battered and fried nonsense! If it's fresh fish and seafood you seek – homestyle – look to this restaurant at Sunrise Marina. Sure, aesthetically, it looks like little more than your standard waterside shack (complete...  Read More

Cape Canaveral
Euro Kafe Etcetera


The Euro Kafe Etcetera is beloved for its authentic European fare, created by Chef Mark Pecko, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Get breakfast, lunch or dinner in this charming and quaint little gem (that may be a little tricky to...  Read More

Sweet Tomatoes Pizzeria


Sweet Tomatoes Pizzeria is a family-run, local favorite spot to get casual Italian comfort food. Naturally, pizza is the specialty, but you can also find rich pasta and fresh seafood here. Start your meal with a wide variety of appetizers,...  Read More

Pineda Crossing
Photo courtesy of Pineda Crossing


Don't judge this restaurant by its exterior – or even its interior. (After all, it used to be named "The Little Shack.") Although Pineda Crossing looks like a casual bar, it boasts a menu that you would never expect. For lunch every day,...  Read More

Crush Eleven
Photo courtesy of Crush Eleven


If you're looking for comfort food with a modern spin, check out Crush Eleven in Cocoa Village. This restaurant offers unique spins on some of the all-time favorites, like mac and cheese and French fries. Except here, they're "one-year...  Read More

Loyd Have Mercy
Photo courtesy of Loyd Have Mercy


Loyd Have Mercy offers comfort food so down-home delicious that it might have you hollering, "Amen." This Southern-style menu has been named the best soul food in Brevard County. We're talking juicy garlic shrimp, collards and grids, chicken...  Read More


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