With fish selections as varied as baked stuffed haddock and the Boston Big Boy?a fried-fish sandwich layered with coleslaw, french fries, and cheese?seafood certainly earned its place in this restaurant's name. But maybe an even bigger presence than the Big Boy are the restaurant's signature roast-beef sandwiches, which are piled high with medium-rare roast beef sliced to order. Dinner entrees include top sirloin and 1.5-pound Maine lobster, though seafood is also a mainstay in the restaurant's breakfast dishes like crab-meat benedicts.
James Stadler grew up in Maryland, going to school during the week and working in local seafood eateries on evenings and weekends. One summer, more than 40 years ago, he took a spring break vacation with school mates to Cocoa Beach, and immediately decided it was the place for him to be. It took him a few decades to make his way down, mostly because of traffic in Atlanta. But when he arrived, James set about opening his very own restaurant by the sea. He called his diner Paradise Cove, and in it he combined the Northeastern seafood he so loved with steaks, sandwiches, and a bit of Floridian flavor.
James curates an extensive menu, from which he particularly recommends the Maryland-style crab cakes, a specialty of his that he learned to make in his youth. Of course, he makes many dishes that incorporate more local, tropical flavors, such as the jumbo shrimp grilled on sugar cane skewers. Whatever his guests have a hankering for, he ensures that their appetite for live entertainment is satisfied with nightly events, including karaoke and performances by local musician Brian Blatz with the nearby ocean on percussion.
When you stay at Radisson Resort at the Port in Cape Canaveral, you'll be near the beach and close to Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach Pier. This eco-friendly resort is within the region of Cocoa Village and Cocoa Expo Sports Center.
Make yourself at home in one of the 284 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and premium TV channels provides entertainment. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as phones with free local calls and voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
DonÃât miss out on the many recreational opportunities, including a health club, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and an arcade/game room.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the resort's room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this resort consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Guests may use a cruise ship terminal shuttle for a surcharge, and extended parking is available onsite.
Cuisine Type: Varies
Alcohol: Full bar
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather and come ready for lunch (but don't skip breakfast).
In your own words, how would you describe your tour?
I take groups on a walking tour that visits four to five venues, and samples food and drink from each one. It's kind of like a pub crawl, but with food. You'll learn about the history of the Space Coast, our community, and get to tour behind-the-scenes at some locations. All food and drink samples and included in the ticket price.
What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?
I have always been a foodie since I was a child. I've worked in the food service industry, hospitality, customer service and entertainment, which naturally comes together to ignite my passion for food tours. I have a high level of standards for restaurants when it comes to food, service, and the experience as a whole. Above all, I strive for my guests to learn new things, try new foods, and have fun.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
There is some alcohol served for our guests who are 21 and older.
You might not think it, but bees and shellfish can actually work together—the honey-crusted oysters at Blue prove it. Paired with a wasabi horseradish, the oyster starter delivers a sweet and spicy kick to the beginning of dinner, when you're still acclimating to the spectacular ocean view. The scenery comes courtesy of the restaurant's Victorian wraparound porch, a fixture on the Flagler Beach shoreline. Even if you're indoors, though, you can still monitor the tides through the dining-room windows.
Blue's connection to the ocean is more than just a matter of location. The menu features lump crab, shrimp-and-scallop pasta, and almond-covered filets of mahi-mahi. Steaks balance out the seafood focus alongside entrees of roast duck and rack of lamb. For special events, groups partake of this fare in the museum-like banquet room, where a collection of 19th- and 20th-century antiques sets a nostalgic scene. Vintage toys sit below old photos of the Topaz Hotel, taken when it was the only building on the beach other than Poseidon's summer home.