Top 5 “Hidden Gem” Restaurants on the Space Coast – Updated 2020


It’s true – the food scene on the Space Coast takes a little digging to find the good stuff. Luckily, we’re up for the challenge and have spent the last 2.5 yeasr aggressively eating our way through Brevard county. Along the way, we’ve found some amazing eats in some unexpected places. In no particular order, here’s our TOP 5 hidden gems on the Space Coast:

1. Chekmarc’s – Palm Bay

To be honest, we’d driven past this place dozens of times and always assumed it was an office building – it’s located in a very no-frills, dated brick building with little indication that there’d be anything special going on inside. But we hears rumors of some amazing French Toast here so we gave it a shot. And oh, are we glad we did! Their deep fried French toast should be FAMOUS around here. It’s unlike anything we’ve tried before; very crispy on the outside and perfectly soft inside, and only $4.99 per plate. Never would have guessed that this dated diner would be so on point!

2. Mangia & Bevi – Cocoa Beach

Hidden among the tourist attractions of Cocoa Beach lies an ordinary strip mall with an easy-to-miss pizza joint. But if you’re lucky enough to stumble upon this spot, you’ll be shocked to find possibly the most authentic Napoli-style pizzas on the Space Coast. Luigi himself came from Italy less than a year ago to start this business, and the fresh, authentic ingredients make for a premium, completely from-scratch pizza experience.

3. Doghouse Pizza – Melbourne

You may wonder if you’re in the right place for a great burger when you find yourself in an industrial business park in Melbourne. But trust us- Doghouse is an eatery with over-the-top burgers, sandwiches and pizza that will wow. Portions and flavors are large at this cheat-meal-worthy spot!

4. Old Grant Creamery – Grant

When it comes to ice cream, we’re major snobs for the homemade stuff. So we were so excited to find this tiny creamy (attached to Rib City at the Old Grant Station) in a secluded area in Southern Brevard. It’s all homemade, ultra-creamy, and at least a dozen different flavors. And the outdoor eating space is a tropical oasis complete with sand and tiki huts.

5. Mulberry Lane Cafe – Melbourne

One of our very favorite breakfast spots! Located off busy US1 in a strip mall, we’ve almost always driven right past it. Inside it’s a pretty standard diner feel, but once the food shows up you know you’re somewhere special. Next-level eggs Benedict, cinnamon rolls, freshly grilled muffins, giant pancakes… everything is prepared thoughtfully. Follow these guys on Instagram to see their amazing weekend specials…they always make us drool!

So there you have it! Have a hidden gem you’ve found that you think deserves to be on this list? Connect with us on Instagram @spacecoastfoodies, we love DMs.

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