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What Specialties Shouldn't SF Hounds Miss in Central Florida?

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What Specialties Shouldn't SF Hounds Miss in Central Florida?

pilinut | | Oct 4, 2006 06:07 AM

My husband and I will be staying in Melbourne for around 5 days next week, and while he's working, I will be exploring. More accurately, I will be looking for my next good meal. I'm willing to drive around an hour, and am planning visits to Epcot and Cape Canaveral.

Living in the Bay Area, we have access to really good Asian food, so I'd like to focus on what's unique to Florida. What we don't have over here are fresh shrimp and crab (other than Dungeness, in season). We have lots of Mexican food, but hardly any Cuban.

I've gone over previous posts and links on Chowhound, and would appreciate comments on the list below. Clearly, with only around 10 meals (not including breakfast), many places will be missed. Which ones should I move heaven and earth NOT to miss?

Meemaw's
Bizzaro's Pizza
New England Eatery
Captain Katanna's
Magnolia's
Dijon
Mango Tree
Hioki's--(for the East Coast fish)
Dixie Crossroads
Crab Heaven
Frankie's Wings & things
Strawberry Mansion
Island Fish Grill
Pineda Crossings
Bella's
Pinero's

And do you have any recommendations for treats to bring back to California? How are Grimaldi's chocolate-covered potato chips?

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