Today for lunch, my wife and I decided to hit up a local favorite of ours, the Pineda Crossing Bar and Grill. Pineda Crossing is a casual gourmet restaurant that has been in Melbourne since the mid-90′s. My wife and I try to go for lunch instead of dinner since the prices are so much more reasonable. The restaurant isn’t much to look at, but don’t let looks be deceiving, the food is worth to visit. In addition to a great menu, they’ve got a couple of good beers on tap. The cuisine is mainly American with an assortment of steak, sandwiches, seafood, and salads. Initially, we found out about the restaurant from a friend of ours, but we continue going back for one thing and one thing alone, the soup. Don’t get me wrong, the food is really great (and once you see what I had today you’ll know why), but the soup “is to die for”. So far I’ve been able to try the She-Crab, Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Zucchini, and Black Bean. Who knew you could make a cream of zucchini soup?!? On top of that, in fact quite literally, they always find cool accents to add as toppers for the soup. So far I’ve seen cheese, onion, croûtons, and popcorn.
Today we ordered a bowl of the Southwestern Corn Chowder (~$5), a dinner salad (~$4.50), and one of the lunch specials, the Seafood Strudel (~$12) which came with rice, broccoli, and a cup of the soup. The meal as always comes with classic fresh-baked white dinner rolls. The soup was very zesty and was topped with a few popped kernels of popcorn and had a nice mix of onion, celery, potatoes, corn, and a cream base. We ordered the salad with homemade honey mustard and homemade champagne vinegarette dressings which we enjoy. The seafood strudel was made with a pastry crust and filled with fish, shrimp, and lump crab meat. The combination of the flavors was excellent and made me jealous that I only got so much and had to eat the rice and vegetables (which were also very good). We skipped dessert because we ordered so much food, but the key lime pie (~$5) is very good.
Unfortunately, as we have found out time and time again, the quality of the service at Pineda Crossing is really hit or miss. The staff is always courteous, but sometimes getting your food may take a while. That being said, we really like Pineda Crossing, especially for lunch, and will continue to patronize it demanding more and more of its soup.
Pineda Crossing is located on US1 near the Pineda Causeway at 2515 Roberts Rd., Melbourne, FL 32940.
Tags: american, food, melbourne, review, seafood