Situated an hour east of Orlando on Florida’s Space Coast is Cocoa Beach. As the name implies, this area boasts fantastic oceanfront beaches, as well as shops, entertainment, and restaurants. If you’re ready for a break from cooking, head out from your Cocoa Beach vacation rental and have a taste of the local fare. To help you choose an eatery that your kids can also enjoy, here’s a list of the top 10 kid-friendly restaurants in Cocoa Beach.
1. Cocoa Beach Pier
If you want to choose from a variety of restaurants all in one location, take a walk on Cocoa Beach Pier. For a quick bite, check out Sea Dogs for a classic beef hot dog or Polish sausage. If you’re ready to sit down and relax for a bit, sample local seafood or land lover’s delights at Pelican’s Bar and Grill, Keith’s Oyster Bar, or The Boardwalk Bar. Each of these restaurants features a kid’s menu and a great ocean view. After you eat, take the kids to Mission Control game room for an exciting round of arcade games.
2. Cafe Surfinista
Take your little foodie to Cafe Surfinista for some good-for-you fuel to keep your energy up during a day of fun. This cozy cafe is decorated with eclectic art that kids love to look at while enjoying their food. The menu is complete with smoothies, fresh-pressed juices, organic salads, and sandwiches. Make sure to try their signature dish: the acai bowls. They feature blended acai berries topped with fresh fruits and other add-ins of your choice, including coconut, bee pollen, or local honey.
3. Beachside Grill and Deli
Grab a hot breakfast or head to lunch at Beachside Grill and Deli. Kids enjoy the egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches, bagels or muffins, while the adults can build their own omelets or try a breakfast wrap. For lunch, choose from one of the restaurant’s signature salads, sandwiches or wraps, and take it to go for a picnic on the beach.
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4. The Tiny Turtle
Feast on authentic Caribbean fare at The Tiny Turtle, and enjoy the eatery’s casual, laid-back vibe. Take peanut butter and jelly to a whole new level with PB&J BBQ pork sliders, or sample the island taco basket or ocean sofrito bowl. The kid’s menu features hot dogs, quesadillas, and cheeseburgers, along with some more unique options, such as soft tacos with plantain chips or grilled pork pincho with black bean rice. The Tiny Turtle also features quinoa bowls or wraps for vegetarian options.
5. Fat Kahuna’s
A casual atmosphere that is welcoming to all meets a fine dining experience at Fat Kahuna’s. Start off with chips with black bean hummus and a cold pineapple mango sangria to drink. Choose from a variety of seafood options for dinner, including mahi-mahi, coconut shrimp, or Kona coffee-crusted Norwegian salmon, while the kids enjoy chicken fingers or fish sticks from the children’s menu. The restaurant is usually busy, so call ahead for a reservation to minimize wait times for your family.
6. A New York Pizza House
Enjoy a relaxed pizza night during your vacation by visiting A New York Pizza House. Choose from a variety of subs, calzones, and gourmet pizza options, including meat focaccia, vodka pizza, Thai chili shrimp pizza, or Sheepshead Bay pizza topped with jumbo shrimp, scallops and clams sautéed in house scampi sauce. If your family likes more classic pizza toppings, go for the meat or veggie pizza. A gluten-free menu is also available for those with dietary restrictions.
7. Roberto’s Little Havana
Sit down for some authentic Cuban cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere at Roberto’s Little Havana. Try out the Cuban eggs benedict or a specialty omelet for breakfast, while the kids scarf down the blueberry pancakes or famous egg sandwich. For dinner, start off with beef or chicken empanadas, then indulge in the Cuban style lobster creole or the paella, a combination of seafood and chicken cooked with yellow rice.
8. Green Room Cafe
Health enthusiasts and their families love eating at the Green Room Cafe, featuring organic food choices and healthy kids meals. Children 11 years old and under can order from the kid’s menu, which features delicious options such as a peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich, cheese quesadilla, or soft tacos with a chicken-less patty. Adults love the unique sandwich offerings here, especially the Ruebio, a healthy yet tasty spin on a classic Reuben sandwich.
9. Nolan’s Irish Pub
Sometimes you just need some good comfort food, and Nolan’s Irish Pub delivers plenty of options from its kitchen. Enjoy some conversation over one of Nolan’s imported or craft beers, while the kids sip on a root beer float. Classic Irish fare, including shepherd’s pie, Guinness stew, and a beef, bacon and cheddar sandwich, are just a few of the offerings to satisfy your taste buds.
10. Jazzy’s Mainly Lobster and Seafood Company
Get a meal fresh from the ocean’s bounty at Jazzy’s Mainely Lobster and Seafood Company. Try the fresh catch of the day grilled, blackened or fried, or go for a New England style shrimp roll. The menu also includes chicken or burger options If seafood isn’t your taste. Kids love the children’s menu, which offers options such as the fried shrimp basket, chicken tenders, or grilled cheese, but their favorite part might be the ice cream sandwich that is included for dessert.
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