Just thought I'd contribute an update to my culinary experiences while on Cocoa Beach last week (weather hit freezing)...
Best bet was Roberto's Little Havannah. A family-owned Cuban place where I ate lunch once, and dinner twice in just one week. Can't compare to the offerings in Miami, but there's not much else on Cocoa Beach even worth trying. Had a very tasty pork dish with mushrooms and onions over yellow rice and black beans ($8.95). Also a scrumptious whole fresh fried red snapper ($14.95).
Also ate twice at a place called Florida's Seafood Grill (?) or something generic like that on Route 520. Mostly a fairly unimpressive place, but they did serve tasty broiled rock shrimp by the dozens ($8.95 for two dozen with potato). I've never eaten rock shrimp before, and they turned out to be quite sweet (like lobster) despite the work involved.
Ended up having dinner (not New Years Eve at $55/person) at the Black Tulip. Out of politeness, I'll just say that it was eminently miss-able. My partner suggested that we could say that it was a place for the blue-haired set; but then that seems insulting to the blue-haired set. It was certainly NOT worth the money ($25 entrees).
One thoroughly bad hamburger at my hotel's restaurant, Muggs. One pretty pathetic meal at Alma's Italian.
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