Before restaurants, crafty citizens convinced strangers to cook for them using a blend of charisma, bribes, and lifelike grandmother disguises. Dine out sans the wardrobe work with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of upscale fare and drinks at Vintage 56, located in Rockledge.
Voted Brevard County’s Best Date Restaurant by Metromix.com users, Vintage 56’s crew of gourmet gastronomes whip up acres of palate-pleasing culinary creations. After tucking into the tapas menu with macadamia-encrusted brie sidekicked by seasonal fruit coulis ($10), evening patrons wrangle premium cuts of steak or citrusy almond grouper ($19) and pepper-jellied duck breast ($18). High-noon food-seekers can fuel up with a lunch of burgers, sandwiches, and brick-oven flatbread pizzas topped with the likes of scallops, pancetta, and andouille sausage. Vintage 56 boasts a full bar with an extensive international beer and wine list, and the master mixologists behind the counter measure out perfect drams of over 40 specialty martinis, like the Real Strawtini, named for the turn-the-century escape artist who drowned in a vat of strawberry vodka.
Nestled amidst polished wood, intimate lighting, and artistic prints of Vintage 56’s trendy-yet-casual dining room, patrons can polish off their plates in peace while a professional staff of attentive epicureans handles lunch and dinner logistics.