Malabar, Fla., is a small city nestled between Palm Bay and Melbourne on the Space Coast. Although it can be easy to overlook, especially not far from tourist hot spots like Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral, don't pass over Malabar as a fantastic dining destination.
Malabar is home to one of the Space Coast's most notable restaurants, the Yellow Dog Cafe, which has been known to attract celebrities for dinner. Grab a spot on the airy patio and enjoy the view of the Indian River, while you enjoy first-class service with a menu to match.
If a river view is on your agenda, you can also try a plate at Ozzie's Crabhouse, famous for its all-you-can-eat blue crabs, caught right on site in the Indian River. The Shack Seafood Restaurant also serves fresh seafood with a river view. The Shack has been a Space Coast icon for nearly 40 years.
Malabar is home to other longstanding, reputable restaurants, including Twisty Cone Ice Cream and Cakes (affectionately called Tcone), which has a near cult following of beloved fans eager to cool off with the dozens of flavors of soft serve, pies and cakes.
Latin food also has a stronghold here, with La Estancia de Luisa's Colombian fare, complete with sangria, and Mister Lechon's authentic Puerto Rican plates.
Here are our favorite 10 places to eat in and near Malabar.