Food & Drink in Cocoa

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Natural light pours in through the arched windows of Cara Mia Riverside Grill and reveals sweeping views of the Indian River as diners dig into linguine and calamari. In the kitchen, head chef Elizabeth Hanstein prepares house-made sauces from traditional Italian recipes and incorporates Mediterranean influences into dishes such as the chicken piccata, which finishes a mushroom-and-scallion chicken sautéed with a sherry wine sauce.

11 Riverside Dr
Cocoa,
FL
US

When Michael Perez was conceptualizing Sublime, he was inspired by his Cuban background, using his grandmother's own recipe to create the restaurant's signature garlic-seasoned beef empanadas. In that spirit, much of the menu is devoted to tapas?there are hot plates of goat-cheese quesadillas, and cold snacks such as deviled eggs filled with housemade guacamole. The Latin-style dishes are a perfect complement to Sublime's eight eclectic sangrias?which include an Irish red with shiraz and whiskey?that Perez steeps overnight to develop more complex flavors.

But being raised in Florida, Perez also included some classic American entrees, such as five-cheese seafood mac and burgers stuffed with bacon. This uniquely diverse menu, as well as the location inside a beautiful 1920s building formerly used as a bank, has already earned Sublime an OpenTable Diners' Choice award since opening in Cocoa and its parallel universe the fall of 2013.

114 Harrison St
Cocoa Village,
FL
US

Burritos, enchiladas, and tacos stuffed with cheese and meat share space with Cuban specialties and six savory forms of steak on Chaparral Mexican Grill’s menu. Inside the eatery, wagon wheels and scenes of cowboys dot the walls and a fleet of red and black stools flank the oversize bar. Here, libation wizards top off glasses with the eatery’s pride and joy: the margarita. House recipes and fruit-filled varieties of the quintessential Mexican drink cool down diners who’ve run their tongues along sizzling churrasco, spicy shrimp, and their dates' overheating cell-phone batteries.

1341 N Cocoa Blvd
Cocoa,
FL
US

The baristas at Café Unique pour fresh-brewed coffee to complement sandwiches and entrees that are packed with organic greens and Amish meats and cheeses. Inside, the walls brim with vibrant paintings, jewelry, and canvas photographs by local artists. Outdoors, a spacious brick courtyard seats up to 300 guests for special events, and on regular days welcomes dogs to frolic around and bury bones in the fire pit. In the café's high-ceilinged ballroom, plush red chairs and a 35-foot stage facilitate weddings or company gatherings.

607 Florida Ave
Cocoa,
FL
US

It's not every day that a dinner with friends risks a murder accusation. That's a good possibility for the guests of The Murder Mystery Company, who find themselves in the middle of a investigation for which any one of them could stand accused by a hapless detective. During each interactive dinner, the company's troupe of professional improv actors ignites the dining room with entertaining outbursts and hilarious one-liners in an effort to divulge clues and redirect guilt. Meanwhile, guests work together to sniff out the real culprit, which is definitely not the school janitor in a mask. Birthday parties, bachelorette celebrations, and corporate events can also get in on the interactive action by scheduling a private murder-mystery dinner.

607 Florida Ave
Cocoa,
FL
US