You will know you've found the Beachside Cafe in Indialantic by the inevitable line out the front door on any given weekend morning. This small, family-owned and operated cafe is wildly popular for breakfast, and if you can bear to wait, it will be worth it. The food is delicious with large portions. Try traditional breakfast favorites or a few beachy variations, such as the Long Board Stack (three pancakes or three pieces of French toast) or the Beachside Skillet (ham, bacon, sausage, onion, green peppers, tomatoes and hash brown grilled with cheese). Try the cafe for lunch, too. Beachside Cafe claims to serve the biggest salads in town, with only fresh, in-season veggies. Even bread is freshly made here. When you're done, walk to the nearby beach.
Recommended for Indialantic's Best Restaurants because: Beachside Cafe is a local favorite, proven by the weekend morning lines for a table.
Aimee's expert tip: Although Beachside Cafe is popular for breakfast, don't miss lunch, with homemade soups and huge salads.
Sit down for filet "Peppino," named after Chef Peppe: filet mignon tips and sausage in spicy gravy with mushrooms. Or if you can't decide, the Villa Palma Platter is a plate with a taste of many different specialties: eggplant rolatini, calamari, mussels, grilled eggplant, shrimp and more. These are just two of the many scrumptious items you can find on the menu at Indialantic's Villa Palma Ristorante, a family-owned, authentic Italian restaurant. In fact, this restaurant is owned by (and food is prepared by) an Italian immigrant from Naples, Italy, and his son. So the food you will find here is a blend of classic and modern Italian, with real roots. Villa Palma has been serving up Italian favorites to the Space Coast since 1987.
Recommended for Indialantic's Best Restaurants because: This restaurant is family-owned and run by an Italian immigrant and his son.
Aimee's expert tip: Accent your meal with the imported Italian antipasto.
Travelers looking for Italian food served in a cozy, family-owned environment (with strong New York Little Italy feel) will love Petrillos in Indialantic. Petrillos serves delicious pizza and the Italian comfort-food staples, like spaghetti bolognese. But it offers much more than that, and some truly unique variations on Italian. The Italian stir fry is a medley of shrimp, chicken and sausage sauteed with veggies and served over penne pasta. Or try the chicken milanese, breaded chicken cutlets fried and served with lemon butter and white wine sauce. Diners can also order a filet mignon, Italian style, or lightly breaded and friend jump shrimp, just to name a few of the many scrumptious menu items. You can also order Petrillos to go (hello, beach picnic!) or to cater a special event.
Recommended for Indialantic's Best Restaurants because: This family-owned Italian restaurant has an authentic New York feeling, as well as some creative Italian plates.
Aimee's expert tip: If you want to enjoy pizza but be light on the bread, ask about the super-thin crust.
As the name would suggest, this is the place to go to indulge in, well, things on skewers. But that's not to simplify or overshadow the incredible flavors you can find in this longstanding Indialantic restaurant. Skewers has been a local favorite for more than two decades, and it takes Mediterranean food to a whole new level, with bold and creative flavors, high-quality and always fresh ingredients and kabobs that will leave you drooling. You won't find any preservatives, artificial ingredients here or anything pre-made. Instead, diners will find lamb or tenderloin kabobs, fresh seafood and authentic Mediterranean plates, from "mousakhan" (charbroiled chicken in sauteed onions with rice and a pita) to the adventurous yogurt kafta kabob, a ground sirloin covered in pita chips, sauce and pine nuts. Every plate is made to order, and sometimes served with live entertainment – including belly dancing.
Recommended for Indialantic's Best Restaurants because: Skewers has been an Indialantic favorite for more than two decades, and it's bold and delicious menu shows why.
Aimee's expert tip: Step out of your familiar zone and try a unique Mediterranean menu item, like the yogurt kafta kabob.
Islands Fish Grill, ideally located mere steps from Indialantic's boardwalk, has been a Space Coast favorite for more than 16 years, specializing in expertly prepared, local fish. The grill was purchased by new owners August of 2014, and underwent a facelift, raising the bar even higher on this already beloved restaurant. Islands has a new chef (classically trained and a grad of the Culinary Institute of America in New York), improved food and an updated interior that features art by local artists. Islands is an upscale but casual place to experience some of the best local fish on the coast, with an always-rotating menu of specials. A few highlights: bluepoint oysters, onion-crusted grouper and mussels in marinara sauce. Order fish grilled, jerked or blackened, depending on your taste that day.
Recommended for Indialantic's Best Restaurants because: Islands Fish Grill serves well-prepared local fish just steps from the boardwalk.
Aimee's expert tip: Save space for key lime pie for dessert, a must-do on the Space Coast.
There's something about pizza and the boardwalk that's a perfect match. That's why we love The Original Bizzarro Famous NY Pizza (Bizzarro's for short), located right on the Indialantic boardwalk. Order your pie to go and eat it on the beach or enjoy it on site. In a hurry? Order a crispy-crust slice. Feeling hungry? Try a Sicilian-style square pizza – Bizzarro's Special, with nine different toppings. This beachside Italian joint serves up more than pizza, however. For something light, you can grab a salad here. The mussels marinara are a light appetizer. Deli subs make ideal lunches. You can even order beer or wine to wash down your meal. Bizzarro's is a Space Coast staple, locally owned and operated for two decades.
Recommended for Indialantic's Best Restaurants because: Bizzarro's is one of the best places to get pizza on the Space Coast.
Aimee's expert tip: Order a slice to go and eat it on the boardwalk.
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, including one in Indialantic.
This "five-palm" fine-dining establishment boasts a wine bar, fresh seafood, cocktails and top-notch desserts. The dining room is intimate and relaxed, as you would expect on the Space Coast, Fla. But the food is expertly prepared and fit for royalty. Expect to see a different menu each time you visit; plates vary based on what's the freshest and also on chef Scott Earick's whim. Even the decor regularly changes. Don't see what you're looking for on the menu? Ask Earick if he can make it. Or trust your chef and order Scott's Choice, which is "whatever Scott feels like making today."