Juice N Java is a great place to get fresh-roasted coffee wine, craft beers and healthy, fresh, farm-to-table menu options inspired from around the world. This shop is a local fave and has been voted the No. 1 coffee house in Central Florida. For healthy options check out the fruit smoothies, salads and artisan cheese trays. For a healthy snack, try the chocolate-covered strawberries. Sandwiches come with a variety of bread options to meet your dietary needs or culinary cravings. Juice N Java also offers vegetarian options, like the roma sandwich. Come and plan to stay; wifi is free and service is excellent. Grab a table outside on a nice day.
Recommended for Take Out because: Although wifi is free and there are tables outdoors, you can also get your food or smoothies to go here.
Aimee's expert tip: Juice N Java's menu is much more than just a coffee shop. It has artisan cheese, vegetarian options and a variety of farm-to-table choices.
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 Ranch dressing, for less than $5. Pizonni's other specialties are worth branching out to try. The Chicken Roll (stuffed with marinated chicken breast, tomato sauce and cheese) and the Spinach Roll (bread rolls stuff with spinach, garlic, mozzarella and ricotta, and sprinkled with parmesan) would be our pick over pizza any day. With a focus on authenticity, friendly service and customer satisfaction, Pizzoni's Pizza proudly serves authentic hand-tossed New York style pizza. Beer is also on hand. Pizonni's dough is freshly prepared every day, and you can watch your order be made from scratch.
Recommended for Take Out because: Get your pizza or Italian food delivered or for pick-up at Pizzoni's.
Aimee's expert tip: Save space for dessert. The $3 cannolis are rich and sweet. Definitely worth the stomach space.
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, a fact made clear once you've tried the grilled fish of the day (mahi mahi or cobia one day, maybe dolphin the next), bacon-wrapped scallops, or steamed deep-water crab legs. 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 Take Out because: Sandwiches, burgers and the kabobs are all good to go.
Aimee's expert tip: Do not leave Florida until you try this chowder. It took first place in the 2013 28th Annual Chowder Cookoff.
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 least two meals, and for under $7. Plus, the burritos are delicious; make sure you explore the hot sauce and guac options. Da Kine Diego's is an authentic surfer hangout with a funky atmosphere. Find it in Satellite Beach across the street from the beach, is decorated with stickers, graffiti and signatures. Sign your own name on the bench, while you chill under the palms listening to reggae music. No shirt, no shoes, no one would expect anything else.
Recommended for Take Out because: Order at the window and take your burrito to the nearby beach.
Aimee's expert tip: The Da Mini Burrito is far from mini. If you don't want to carry burrito leftovers with you for the rest of the day, order a mini and you will still leave max full.
Sometimes, you're just looking for a casual place to grab a sandwich. Sometimes, after a day on the beach, you don't want to have to get dressed up and make a big deal out of lunch. Canaveral Meats and Deli isn't the kind of place you would think to visit for lunch – but prepare to be pleasantly surprised. FInd soups, salads and sandwiches for some of the cheapest prices around. Nearly every sandwich, even the specialty subs, come in under $5 for a footlong. Soup is made fresh daily. Beef is grain-fed and fresh-cut every day. You can also buy a full line a cold cuts and cheeses here to take home – which means it does look like a store when you walk in. You don't go here for the atmosphere (although you do go here for perfect beach picnic food). Canaveral Meats is a healthy and flavorful alternative to fast food.
Recommended for Take Out because: Canaveral Meats and Deli specializes in take-out food. Take it on a beach to the port.
Aimee's expert tip: Order a stack of fresh, inexpensive sandwiches and take them to the port to watch the ships come in.
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.
Recommended for Take Out because: Call ahead and pick up your dogs at the window.
Aimee's expert tip: Long Doggers is famous for its hot dogs. They're also big on wings and fish tacos. On occasion, you may hear someone here playing the steel drums – true surfer style.
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 serves up fresh-to-order Italian food and pizza 365 days a year, open 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. every day. It also delivers. Lunch specials here start at just $2.99. Happy hour features 30-cent wings and a buy-one-get-one-free dinner. Beer is just a buck. Every day, Papa Vita's has different lunch specials. Get sandwiches, chips and a drink starting at just $2.99, and calzones for less than $5. Also check out the "early bird" and "late night" happy hour deals. The list of bargains goes on.
Recommended for Take Out because: Get pizza or Italian food to go or delivered 365 days a year until 1:30 a.m.
Aimee's expert tip: Even if you can't make it for a lunch special or happy hour, the subs are inexpensive and considered some of the most delicious sandwiches in the area.