So you just moved to Palm Bay, huh? Well, welcome to the neighborhood. We all have been there. You move to a new place, get the boxes in, and wonder…where are the good places to eat? What is there to do? Allow us to help you there.
I think you already know the church we’d recommend. 😉
Here are some local event calendars to find things to do in the area!
Here’s some of the leadership of Bay West Church with their favorite places to eat locally…
Casual hole in the wall type
Loreen’s Village Cafe – it’s where Vietnam vets get good breakfast cheap and the service is seriously friendly and awesome, plus free Wifi
Sonny’s (Malabar Road) – must….have….the Big Deal combo…, free Wifi
Special Date night $$$$
The Chart House – This is a great place to take your date…can’t miss here, but bring your wallet. 😉
River Rocks – This is a great place to go. Whether you eat outside by the water with live music or inside, it’s a hit.
Continental Flambe – Delicious, elegant French fare with an affordable prix fixe (fixed price) 3-course menu option. You have to try the creme brulee!
The Mansion – Great date night food. A little pricey, but worth it for their amazing menu of seafood, steaks, sandwiches, and desserts almost too rich to finish. Even the appetizers are a delicious, late-night snack.
Fun and Different
Mustard’s Last Stand – Get the weirdest hot dog recipes ever and all good! Guac-the-dog is my mother-in-law’s favorite that we have to get every time she visits.
Northstar Ice Cream Depot – Stop by and see Lisa…watch out for the Abominable Snowman (Katye, my wife, made sure I suggested this one)
The Burger Place – 50s style diner, HUGE burgers cooked on the grill…homemade burger buns with a secret recipe from France…great food.
El Sombrero – Mexicano autentico with endless chips and salsa (and good guac) to fill up on before the really good stuff arrives. Big portions, fun, friendly staff, and easy to find in a plaza on east Palm Bay Road. Their burritos, enchiladas, and tacos are amazing (plus you can choose the meats)! Get a combo if you can’t decide what to try.
Pollo Tropical – Caribbean style food…good and lots of it. The Tropichop is a popular favorite, and don’t forget to try the fried sweet plantains.
Me-n-Tito’s Mexican Grill – Customizable Mexican (you pick the meat, toppings, everything how YOU want it) and SUPER inexpensive. You can feed the whole family, really (kid’s meals are $5 w/a side and drink)! If you decide to order the loaded nachos, plan on needing to share—it has 2 layers!
Cracker Barrel – Great for filling breakfast combos, and Southern-style foods like chicken and dumplings, and biscuits with apple butter—plus you can shop the country store while you wait for your table!
Bruster’s Ice Cream – Counter-serve chain where all of the ice cream selections are made fresh on-site every day, and they have special seasonal flavors, as well as a special doggy sundae if you bring your pup!
Backwater – “Rustic-chic breakfast & lunch outlet with in-table griddles for pancakes.” Fun for kids, or you can have them make and bring it to you. Call ahead and ask what their special seasonal pancake flavors are. If you’d prefer savory food, try their shrimp and grits, “Okeechobee ice cream” (biscuits and gravy with a sunny-side up egg), or “Fried Gator (yes, real gator) and Waffles” or you can get it with chicken.
Harbor City Diner – good breakfast, and GIGANTIC burgers
Sweet Tomatoes Pizza – next to Harbor City Diner, great pizza
The Original Bizarro’s Pizza beachside – local legend, drive right into the parking lot at the end of 192 after you cross the causeway in Bizarro’s parking lot, eat pizza and walk to the beach…easy find, cheap date night
Del’s Freeze – local ice cream place…bit of a drive, but a local legend.
Las Palmas – a bit of a drive south, even from Palm Bay—it’s all the way down in Sebastian on US-1, but it has THE BEST Cuban food in the county. And they serve REAL Cuban bread for a free appetizer while you wait.
Concerts, and other
Other cool places to visit:
The Brevard Zoo – Boo at the Zoo is a great hit around here around Halloween, and the Tree Trop Trek is a different way to visit a zoo any time. (Jim: “Katye and I did it and it was GREAT!”)
Ron Jon Surf Shop
Several times a year, Brevard Parks and Rec puts on a FREE Movie in the Park event, which happens at two locations: Wickham Park Main Pavilion in Melbourne, and Palm Bay Regional Park in NW Palm Bay. These events always have food available, either at the concession stand, or from local GOURMET food trucks. And sometimes there’s also a special FREE balloon artist. To find out more about upcoming movie dates, you can follow them on Facebook by searching for: Movies in the Park – Brevard County Parks & Recreation, Palm Bay Parks and Recreation, or Palm Bay Regional Park.