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Del’s Freez – Melbourne, FL

Brian LeGros | June 15th, 2011 | food  

With the rare opportunity to dine out this week and finally coming into the 21st century with my Nexus S, I thought I’d start blogging again about some of the great local establishments I was able to favor this week. First on the list, a true Melbourne landmark for a late night treat, Del’s Freez!

Del’s Freez has been around since the mid-1950′s and has been a part of virtually every central Brevard resident’s childhood, from what I can tell. When moving to the area, my wife raved about Del’s; I never understood how she could be so excited about soft serve. After finding myself at Del’s for every late night ice cream craving over the last 2 years, I can definitely say I now share in her excitement. If you don’t believe me, try stopping by most any evening to witness the lengthy lines of patrons (waiting up to 30 minutes on weekends) eagerly awaiting a cold treat. In addition to the tasty dessert combinations available at Del’s, the other large draw is the nostalgic prices that seem to barely change as the years pass.

This week we were lucky and found ourselves only waiting in line 15 minutes. We ordered 2 medium soft serve cones; one vanilla with cherry dip and other strawberry/vanilla swirl with toasted coconut dip (~$2.50 each). We always order a cup for each cone ($0.10 each) since they are so large and begin to melt within 5 minutes of taking hold of them. Two of my other favorite menu items are the banana shake and pumpkin shake (~$3.50 each) which are served in a restaurant-sized medium styrofoam cup with straw and spoon. When we have a group of 4 or more we go for the “monstrous” sundae, I have no idea what it’s called, but it’s basically 4 enormous servings of soft serve (any flavors), a series of ridiculously portioned toppings, 2 whole chopped bananas, and a large can of whipped cream for less than $10. When you consider that two individuals can barely get out of a ColdStone for less that $12, you can begin to see the appeal that Del’s brings to the Melbourne area.

If you find yourself on US-1 just south of Babcock Road and in the mood for soft serve, look for the small ice cream shop opposite the river. They only take cash, but you don’t need much to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Del’s Freez is located 402 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, Florida.


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Negril’s – Winter Park, FL

Brian LeGros | June 19th, 2010 | food  

Yesterday we were tossing around ideas for lunch and nothing seemed to be fitting the bill. I suggested swinging by Negril’s: Flavors of Jamaica, off of Lee Road, since we always pass on the way to another one of our favorite joints, Rhino Subs. In any case, I haven’t had really great Jamaican food since living in South Florida, so I was eager to give it a try and hope for the best.

Nigril’s is tucked away in the back corner of the shopping plaza at the intersection of Lee Road and Orlando Avenue. It’s a very small restaurant with about 7 tables crammed in with a drink cooler, service counter, and kitchen. They have a small menu with a stock set of lunch specials ranging from ~$6.50 – $7.50 each from 11:00am until 2:00pm. Even better though, is that they keep a nice stock of D&G Ginger Beer as well as a nice variety a patties. In terms of patties, they have beef, chicken, jerk chicken, and veggie, each going for about ~$2.

I ordered the Jerk Chicken lunch special (~$6.50) with the rices and peas and salad as well as a veggie pattie (~$2). The special comes with a small portion of salad, a large portion of seasoned white rice with black eyed peas, a fresh baked roll, a couple of fried sweet plantains, and 4 to 5 pieces of jerk chicken. The salad was mostly romaine lettuce with a house dressing (tasted like an Italian dressing). The rice had lots of black eyed peas and what looked like chunks of cooked down port fat which gave it a really savory taste. The chicken was a bunch of thighs and legs and had an incredible flavor but lacked the heat I was hoping to find; definitely tasty, but a weak jerk seasoning. The veggie patty was smaller than I was used to and was barely filled, so I was a bit disappointed. Others had ordered the beef patty and said it was good, so I’ll have to try that one next time. I was a bit spoiled by the patty cart outside of the Physics building during my days at UCF however, so I’ll hack it up to me being snotty. To finish off my lunch I also got a D&G Ginger Beer (~$2); not as spicy as I like, but still a must have with a Jamaican lunch.

Overall Nigril’s: Flavors of Jamaica was a quick, tasty, and cheap lunch option close to the office that’ll definitely stay in the rotation. That being said, I’ll be looking for another Jamaican restaurant in the area to bring the heat for which I’m nostalgic.

Nigril’s is located on the corner of Leed Road and Orlando Road at 501 N Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, Florida.


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Cafe Maspero – New Orleans, LA

Brian LeGros | June 6th, 2010 | food  

Before we caught a flight home, we had a few hours to spend in New Orleans to see the usual sites. We took our daughter to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, which was a lot of fun, and then headed down Decatur Street to find some lunch. My cousin works in the area at a local university and suggested we give Cafe Maspero a try. He said it was basically a simple sandwich and seafood joint that was a solid staple of eating in the French Quarter.

Cafe Mesparo is on the corner of Decatur Street and Toulouse Street with a small double door facing Decatur used to enter. Once you go inside the restaurant, there is a large space filled with tables and a bar running along the wall into the kitchen with a order-up counter in the back. They have a few domestic beers on tap including the local favorite blends of Abita. The menu is relatively straight forward with lots of sandwich choices as well as seafood plates and a couple salads (I believe). We ordered the catfish sandwich (~$9), the shrimp sandwich (~$9), and the roast beef and swiss sandwich (~$8). All of the sandwiches came with fries, but note that the restaurant does not allow substitutions for sides which seems to be a common practice for an establishment in a tourist district unfortunately. I also ordered an Abita Amber on draft (~$3) which was very thirst quenching and finally redeemed Abita a bit in my mind from all of the fruity concoctions they produce. When the sandwiches came out, they were much bigger than I expected. Each was served an a large French bread bun with cabbage and pickles on the side; keep in mind, these are really po-boys, but they are still delicious none the less. The catfish was lightly breaded and prepared in a such a way that it simply fell apart as I bit into it. The shrimp was fried to just the right temperature and not chewy at all. The most pleasant surprise was the the roast beef which was fresh sliced and served with the swiss cheese melted over it. The fries were common steak fries with nothing outstanding about them.

Be aware that Cafe Mesparo only takes cash and traveler’s checks, so make sure if you visit you come prepared. They’re good food, reasonable pricing, and generous portions are enough to warrant a trip to the ATM. Overall though, we left Cafe Maspero energized, ready to dive into the dessert portion of our day with beneigh’s at Cafe Dumonde and pralines at the Southern Candymakers. If you’re looking for an easy decision for lunch in the French Quarter, make Cafe Mesparo your pick for fresh, simple, and great tasting food.

Cafe Maspero is located at 601 Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Olde Tyme Cakery, Creamery, and Candie Shoppe‎ – Broussard, LA

Brian LeGros | June 6th, 2010 | food  

After a very satisfying meal at Nash’s Restaurant, we walked across the street to Olde Tyme Cakery, Creamery, and Candie Shoppe to look for something sweet for later. At Old Tyme’s they produce all types of cakes, sweets, ice cream, and candy, but the speciality of the shop, according to shop girl, is red velvet cake and wedding cake. My wife, mother, and aunt were pretty excited upon hearing this for two reasons: they love wedding cake and where there is wedding cake, there are usually petifores. Sure enough, the shop had chocolate petifores made with red velvet cake and chocolate filling as well as the traditional white petifore with white wedding cake and butter cream filling. We grabbed a few of those (~$1 each) and a slice of a red velvet cake made that morning (~$3) along with a brownie that was calling our name (~$2). The cake was delicious, very silky in texture with a cream cheese frosting that was very rich in flavor; some of the best red velvet cake I’ve had to date. The brownie was coated in chocolate frosting and topped with pecans and very moist considering it had been pre-cut that morning. I didn’t get to try the petifores unfortunately, but I did hear a lot of, “Oh, you won’t like this…” and “You shouldn’t try this, its terrible…” accompanied by lots of laughs so I’m guessing they were a hit.

From a quick glance at the display counter, it looks like Old Tyme’s also does custom spun sugar sculpting as well as custom cakes and day-to-day sweets. There were a few shops in the same building as the “cakery” but I’m not sure if they were affiliated with Old Tyme; that being said, they had a lot of Cajun trinkets that were fun to peruse though. Although, we didn’t try the dessert at Nash’s, if you find yourself in a similar situation to us (being stuffed with no hope to eat dessert directly), then give Olde Tyme Cakery, Creamery, and Candie Shoppe a try. I think you won’t be disappointed.

Olde Tyme Cakery, Creamery, and Candie Shoppe is located at 210 N Morgan Ave, Broussard, Louisiana.

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Nash’s Restaurant – Broussard, LA

Brian LeGros | June 5th, 2010 | food  

While visiting family in Louisiana this past week, we happened to be in town for my aunt and uncle’s wedding anniversary. To celebrate, we decided to grab lunch at Nash’s Restaurant in Broussard. Nash’s follows in the well established practice of converting an old home to a restaurant. For some reason, this seems to always give me the comfortable feeling of being in someone’s home rather than lost in a busy or non-descript building. Nash’s decor reminds me of restaurants such as the Veranda in Fort Myers and, the now closed, Strawberry Mansion in Melbourne. Nash’s is an Italian and Cajun restaurant with an Acadian influence who’s head chef is very well known. My cousins couldn’t recommend this restaurant enough to us, so I was stoked to try out the menu.

Even though we had been on a non-stop seafood eating marathon for the entire trip, you just cannot travel to Louisiana and eat anything but seafood; at least a true Cajun should not. I started with a cup of the Seafood Gumbo (~$6) and, trying to stay in the theme of the cuisine, ordered the Shrimp Creole (~$13) with the Italian Olive Mix (+~$2) salad. Others at the table ordered cups of the Shrimp, Crab, and Corn Bisque (~$6) and Chicken and Sausage Gumbo (~$6) along with the Crab Cakes (~$13), Mini Seafood Platter (~$13), the Open-face Roast Beef Sandwich (~$10), and the Seafood Salad (~$13). The seafood gumbo didn’t miss a beat although I did have to season it a bit more than expected. It was a combination of lump crab meat, shrimp, and crawfish made with a traditional roux. It was also served with a large de-shelled crawfish claw which was the perfect garnish for the dish. I heard similar comments about the other soups at the table. The salad was made from a bed of Italian greens with tomatoes, many different type of pitted olives, a quarter of a boiled egg, and dressed with a muffaletta olive mixture that brought every bite together. I will say that for the entree I was a bit disappointed. When I typically think of Shrimp Creole, I picture a sort of rustic dish made with large Gulf shrimp and generously cut portions of pepper and onion in a tomato-based sauce that has a bit of a kick to it. This dish had relatively small pieces of pepper and onion, the shrimp were much smaller than I expected, and without a spicy kick in the sauce, the tomato flavor was a bit more than I expected. That being said, the overall flavor of the dish was still good. The other meals at the table were extremely delicious. The crab cakes were served on a fried eggplant and I believe were made with blue crab meat, so they were had that savory and sweet combination going for them. The “mini” seafood platter was much larger than we expected having fried oysters, shrimp, and catfish. The seafood salad was also a good portion coming with grilled shrimp, salmon, and another seafood item over a bed of what looked like romaine and other veggies. At the end of the meal, our waitress brought out fresh-baked French bread rolls which she had forgotten to bring earlier. We were all full, but the bread was so fresh and hot, we each had to sample a bit of it, just so it didn’t go to waste.

We skipped out on dessert, but I have to say although the lunch entree wasn’t everything I expected, the meal as a whole did not disappoint. If you like spicy food, make sure you request it when you order, but don’t let that discourage you from the great flavors on the menu. The Amberjack with Seafood Au Gratin sauce looked amazing, so I’ll have to make my way back one day. I’ve been told that every occupant of this building has done an amazing job with their food, and Nash’s Restaurant is no exception. Although, it’s a bit of a hike for those Lafayette folks, it’s definitely worth the visit. Don’t be coo-yôn; give Nash’s a try.

Nash’s Restaurant is located at 101 East 2nd Street Broussard, Louisiana.

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Frey’s Crawfish House – Jennings, LA

Brian LeGros | June 5th, 2010 | food  

Having just returned from Louisiana I can definitely say I ate well and often. Since we spent most of our time at our relatives’ homes enjoying crawfish boils, étouffée, rice dressing, po-boys, BBQ, and other favorites there was little reason to go out, but we did get a chance to try a few good places. Early in the trip we found ourselves at Frey’s Crawfish House in Jennings for a family reunion.

Frey’s occupies a large space in the new “Grand Marais Courtyard” building right off of Lake Arthur Avenue, the main strip in Jennings. As with most restaurants in Louisiana, they specialize in Cajun food (if you couldn’t tell from the name). They’ve kept the decor light and easy-going with various juju’s, photos, and murals of Cajun mascots and culture. The restaurant has a full bar in the back with a large set of tables in the main area, booths lining the side wall, and a register up-front.

When we settled in to order, I was pleasantly surprised to see all of my favorites on the menu. Being that I can never seem to get good Catfish in Florida, I decided to give the small catfish platter a try (~$10), ordering it with a side of steamed vegetables. The meal was preceded by an iceberg lettuce salad and when the entree arrived it was accompanied by a small cup of jambalaya. The jambalaya was a mixed combination of white rice, lump crab meat, shrimp, and crawfish in a tomato-based sauce which was, on a whole, nice and spicy. The catfish was breaded in a seasoned cornmeal mixture and fried being served in a 3 half-fillet portion. The steamed veggies were a combination of yellow carrots, red peppers, green beans, and squash (I believe). Overall a comforting meal, with perfectly sized and tasty portions. There were about 14 dining in total, so luckily, we got a chance to try out a good portion of the menu. The Shrimp Po-boy and Oyster Po-boy (~$9 each) were served with a really generous amount of fried seafood, lettuce, and tatar sauce. I saw a gentleman across the restaurant who had a huge order of rice and gravy that looked delicious, but by that point any more food would have done me in; I definitely had to pace myself for the eating marathon that is vacationing in Louisiana.

Overall, Frey’s Crawfish House is a great local restaurant that is doing Jennings proud. I love the fact that they have a website with a menu with prices on it; most big city restaurants can’t even seem to get that right. I can’t imagine that there are many local dining choices like Frey’s in Jennings, so if you find yourself traveling, out by exit 64 on I-10, take the time to stop by and enjoy a great Cajun meal.

Frey’s Crawfish House is located at 919-A-North Lake Arthur Avenue, Jennings, Louisiana.

Vintage 56 – Rockledge, FL

Brian LeGros | October 19th, 2009 | food  

I’m happy to report that Brevard county finally has a gastropub that is worth patronizing. Vintage 56 is the most tasteful and affordable dining experience that my wife and I have had in the last year. Let’s do the walk-through.

When you come upon Vintage 56′s location, you may find yourself taken back a bit. The restaurant is tucked away in a shopping plaza which looks like it hasn’t seen much traffic in the last few years. In fact, if you’re a little faint of heart, you may turn back wondering how what you’ve heard is such a great place found it’s way there. Please trust me when I say, forge ahead, you don’t have to go into the clothing outlet and wig store; you’re just there for the restaurant. Once you make your way in, you’ll soon forget about the outside and appreciate the open floor plan and simple decor. The restaurant contains tables and half-booths (?) and open seating for its guests. We went on a Monday night and there were only a few couples dining which contributed to a nice and quiet ambiance.

I was excited to see that Vintage 56 stays fairly true to the gastropub style with its simple, seasonal menu and beer selection. I was even more ecstatic to see one of my favorite beers, Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale ($5), on draft; they also had 2 for 1 martinis all evening, each ranging from $8 – $10 a piece. We each started with a cup of soup. I ordered a cup of the Portuguese Sausage and Kale ($3) and my wife ordered a cup of the Lobster Bisque ($4). The Portuguese Sausage soup was the perfect magnitude of spicy, made with chicken broth, kale, and diced carrot, celery, potato, and Andouille sausage; it reminded of the portions of a Zuppa Toscana that I enjoy with even more flavor. The Lobster Bisque has some small chunks of lobster in the broth and is served with a side of sherry crème fraîche which is must add to achieve the full flavor of the soup.

For our meals we went the sandwich route ordering the BLT ($8) and the Vintage Chicken Sandwich ($9). Part of what makes Vintage 56 so great is the way they can take menu items, like these simple sandwiches, and not break from your expectations, but still pleasantly surprise your palate. Both sandwiches are served on fresh baked Ciabatta bread with your choice of homemade sea-salt and cracked pepper potato chips or sweet potato fries (both of which taste great). The BLT is served with a light slathering of mayonnaise, melted whole-milk mozzarella, baby greens, yellow tomatoes, and an ample amount of crispy bacon. The Vintage Chicken Sandwich is made up of a reasonably portioned, grilled chicken breast, baby greens, brie cheese, and a pear and sun-dried cherry chutney. Although we didn’t try them, the menu also offers a selection of flat bread pizzas, burgers, tapas (cold and hot), and entrees. This evening there was also a paella for two on special, but I’m unsure of the price.

By the end of the meal, we were both stuffed, but when I heard a slice of homemade pumpkin pie ($6) was on the menu, I didn’t hesitate to order it. The texture of the pie wasn’t as smooth as I had hoped, but the flavor was amazing and definitely tasted as if the pumpkin was blended fresh. I also ordered a coffee ($2) which had a pretty typical flavor but was a nice complement to the pie.

On top of the great food, the table service was friendly and timely. We were able to sit and talk with the waiter and bartender who were very friendly and attentive. According to our waiter, by the second time he’d eaten at the restaurant he knew he wanted to work there. Being open for ~3 months thus far, it looks like he’s gotten in on the ground floor of what promises to be a great establishment. Also serving lunch, there are plenty of opportunities to stop in and see what I’m raving about. I can’t wait to see what the menu will hold as time goes on.

Vintage 56 is going into our permanent “dinner out” rotation and I’m already eager to visit again. I will go even as far as to say that Vintage 56 is the best restaurant in Rockledge at which I’ve eaten for all of my time in Brevard. Due yourself a favor and make time to stop in for a great meal and a great gastropub experience.

Vintage 56 is located at 200 Barton Boulevard, Rockledge, FL 32955.

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Banzai Sushi and Thai Restaurant – Melbourne, FL

Brian LeGros | February 20th, 2009 | food  

Today my wife and I walked away from dinner saying, “That was the best meal we’ve had in a long time.” We’ve been going to Banzai Sushi and Thai Restaurant since the first week we moved into Brevard county. A friend of mine, who had grown up in Melbourne, recommended it as one of his favorite Japanese and Thai restaurants in the area. Ever since that first visit we have never had a bad experience being spoiled with amazing food, service, and ambiance. To call Banzai just an eatery doesn’t do it justice, it’s a dining experience. In fact Banzai has kept up its dining traditions when most restaurateurs have been quick to abandon them in these tough economic times. Allow me to share our latest experience.

Upon arriving at their small, but comfortable location, you are immediately greeted by one of the servers and immediately seated at a table; we’ve never had to wait. Within a minute or so, your server arrives with hot towels to clean your hands and small salad bowls with tiny spoons. The salad is a mixture of diced tomatoes and cucumber, shredded carrots, mandarin oranges, and pieces of fried tempura batter. It’s a great balance of sweet and salty and perfect to wet your appetite. We usually like to start with a pot of hot green tea ($1.50 p/person) and a couple ice waters. Once we work our way through the massive list of sushi, Japanese, Thai, and Chinese selections, we’ve never had to wait more than a 10-15 minutes to start our meal. This time around, I ordered one of the most fragrant and tasty green curry dishes with chicken (~$10) and my wife ordered the small green salad (~$3) and the shrimp and vegetable tempura appetizer (~$8). The curry is prepared with coconut millk, bell pepper, bamboo shoots, fresh basil, and red pepper oil in a huge portion; if you like spicy, try the Thai hot for that good kind of spicy. The small green salad comes with your option of ginger or honey ginger dressing on top of iceberg and romaine lettuce, tomato, shredded carrots, and sliced cucumber. The tempura appetizer is big enough to be a meal for a single person coming with three shrimp, onion, broccoli, and sweet potato. If all of this food wasn’t enough, at the end of the meal, the server brings out fried sweet doughnuts, dusted with sugar granules. This time around we didn’t order any sushi, but I have to say that Banzai has some of the best quality sushi for your dollar. Their sushi chefs will make pretty much anything you’d like, even if it’s not on the menu. The rolls are packed full of ingredients and they even have surfboards for larger groups.

Adding to the experience of dining at Banzai, every server in the restaurant is your server. They are all equally friendly and courteous offering help to anyone who needs it. I’m not sure if he’s the manager or owner, but even the man in charge is out and about taking care of his customers, making it a pleasent evening for everyone in the restaurant. What’s probably the best part of the service however, is the facet most people don’t consider, invisibility. Banzai works like a well oiled machine providing its customers with whatever they need, but without them having to ask for it. This breeds the peaceful quiet that I have to believe all of Banzai’s patrons associate with the restaurant.

Banzai Sushi and Thai Restaurant provides a high quality experience for what has become a more reasonable price now-a-days. The quality of food is high and you’ll find yourself eager for your next visit before you even walk out of the door. If you’re looking for an establishment that is just as much about the time you spend there as it is the food, do yourself a favor and give Banzai and shot. I promise you won’t regret it.

Banzai Sushi and Thai Restaurant is located in the Publix plaza on the corner of Lake Washington and Wickham at 3208 Lake Washington Road, Melbourne, FL.

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Other great sites to find local Brevard restaurants

Brian LeGros | January 22nd, 2009 | food  

In my spare time, I try to blog about locally owned restaurants at which my wife and I find ourselves dining at frequently, or just something we find along the beaten path, for the Brevard area. I am always frustrated with the quality of information I find on local restaurants when searching the web, so I hope the little I do contributes to community eatery search. With our new baby due in May, we’ve slowing been trying to acclimate to cooking more at home and dining out less. Consequently, my posts have been thinning out over the last few months, but fear not, other quality sources of information about local restaurants do exist.

I find myself always reading the online version of The Beachside Resident. They offer a monthly restaurant review with tons of details on the establishment, its ambiance, and its menu that gives a great picture of the restaurant. They don’t list prices and I have yet to see anything which denotes an inglorious experience, so sometimes reviews can get a little too shiny. The purpose of the column, however, seems to be highlighting local businesses, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Overall, definitely a great way to keep up with new places to try on the coast. This year they finally threw up an RSS feed, so now it’s even easier to watch.

The other publication I’ve started to use more recently is the Brevard edition of MetroMix from Gannet Press, maintained by the Florida Today. FL Today has slowly been building a nice directory of local restaurants in the Brevard area and its current incarnation, MetroMix, acts as a great directory of restaurants when you know what you’d like to eat. just not where. The foodie they have doing reviews has the rare and valuable quality of getting to the point about her experience. Her perspective is a little sugar coated at times, but she’s comes off as honest, which is refreshing. She lists prices, which is even nicer, and when the dining experience doesn’t go exactly planned, it’s easy to read into her words to understand what to watch out for if you choose to patronize the place. On a disappointing note, no RSS feeds, so you have to go to the content, just like all of the other FL Today web properties; catch up to 2009 already, even the has!

Worse case scenario, I’ll dive into Google Maps and look for inline reviews when searching. There is something about the anonymity of Google that let’s people share their true feelings when it comes to dining out. I find when people are being brash, it make it even easy to take their opinion with a grain of salt. It’s been a surprising source of information if you’re willing to dig a little. On a side note, I hope to eventually generate a KML document for Google Maps, so they can aggregate my reviews, so I can be one of those angry voices as well.

Good luck in your search of Brevard’s local restaurant scene. We’ve a diverse selection of establishments that has yet to leave me hungry, so I hope links help others to “get fed” as well.

Coasters Pub – Indialantic, FL

Brian LeGros | January 18th, 2009 | food  

There are very few places in the Brevard area I really enjoy sitting down for a beer at. Charlie and Jake’s is a great spot for some home brews, but you can only drink the same 6 beers so many times. When I really want my beer fix, there is only one place that comes to mind, Coasters Pub. Now Coasters isn’t a microbrewery, so maybe the comparison isn’t fair, but they do have a crap load (100+) of awesome beers available, most of which are available on tap.

My father-in-law and I have been patronizing Coasters for the last two years, but it never occurred to me to make mention on the blog of them; that may be because of the great beer selection, however. Coasters not only carries some of the most popular brands on draft, but they also keep a seasonal rotation of beers going year round. Check out the winter selection they’ve made available this time around. Now it’s important to note, that I am by no means a beer expert, but I’m having fun learning about it all each time I go into Coasters. Lately, I’m really digging on Michigan with the Bell’s Two Hearted and Oberon Ales. I was bummed this past Friday that Delerium Tremens was no longer available on draft, but I switched over to the darker Arrogant Bastard Ale and it was well worth it. They always keep St Bernardus Tripel on tap as well as PBR (see the board), so you really have the full spectrum available to you at the pub. I really like the Fall and Winter beer selections, so this is a great time to visit, IMO. Pints can range anywhere from ~$2 for the PBR to ~$20 for their most expensive bottle from what I’ve seen. I usually try to go during happy hour, which will get you about $1 off your pint’s price of anywhere from ~$6 to $10. When I’m in a good mood, I’ll take 2 St. Bernardus and I’m out.

Coasters not only has the best beer selection in Brevard county, but they have great food as well. When we go, we typically get 20 wings (~$14), the fish and chips (~$9), and the french dip (~$9). Although there are some typical bar food menu choices (e.g. – chips and salsa and queso, mozzarella sticks, etc), their menu is diverse enough such that if you don’t feel like the fried experience, you can probably find a salad or sandwich to your liking. I personally really enjoy the wings, they always know how to fry them just right, although they will bake them as well. The fish and chips is made with haddock and just freagin’ rocks; it’s beer battered and comes with beer battered fries. The french dip is a great as well with your choice of onions, peppers, and mushrooms along with mozzarella cheese on a hoagie roll. Nothing is better than those beer battered fries though after a couple beers.

On top of the tasty food, Coasters wait and bartending staff is always spot on. Our waitresses always are great about bringing us samples of the new beers on tap. From our experience, they have a great demeanor and our food is always brought out hot. It’s gotta be tough dealing with a huge bunch of beer drinkers day in and out, but they do a great job. Between the beer, the service, and the food, it’s really hard to go wrong with Coasters Pub. Any place that keeps a longer list of beers than wine is tops in my book. If you like good, quality beer and need a great pub to replace your boring watering hole, Coasters Pub is the place for you. Hell, they even use their website to get information out to the community, how can you go wrong?

Coasters Pub is located in the Walmart plaza at 971A E Eau Gallie Blvd, Melbourne, FL.

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