Food & Drink in Port Saint John

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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

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

El Charro slings an extensive dinner menu of innovative Mexican fare, from stuffed quesadillas and sizzling fajitas to homemade tacos and fruity sangria. Acclimate bellies to spicy cuisine with a cadre of 10 shrimp sautéed in lemon, garlic, and habanero peppers, or play it cool with steak-stuffed quesadillas. Sizzling fajitas saunter over to tables with a posse of bell peppers and onions, backed by flour tortillas, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, and rice. Feed crispy cravings with two homestyle, deep-fried burritos bursting with beef, fresh jalapeño, and cheese, or take on a chromatic trifecta with the tri-color cheese enchiladas swimming like Father Christmas on vacation in a pool of green sauce, sour cream, and red sauce. All orders include fruity sangria or draft beer, ideal for sharing with dates or guzzling in front of thirsty enemies.

916 Florida Ave
Cocoa,
FL
US

How many generations of a family does it take to run a restaurant business? Though that might sound like the set-up for something humorous, working at the family restaurant is actually a regular part of growing up in the multi-talented Abitino family. With three generations of Abitinos overseeing in the front and the back of the house at Tony's Famous New York Pizza, one thing is for sure: there's always someone around to make sure quality always comes first.

Cousins Dom and Carlos lead the team, making sure everything runs like clockwork. Then there's, Dom's dad—known to everyone as Uncle Tony—who oversees the kitchen. Back there, chefs toss pizzas by hand and craft pasta dishes made from Tony's family recipes that are now kept in a safe that requires a fingerprint scan and completion of a Sunday New York Times crossword in order to open. But no no matter who's manning the ovens on any given day, it's making fresh, piping-hot pizzas and special sub sandwiches that's always at the top of this family's list.

4301 State Road 524
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

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