Just south of Port Canaveral, Florida an upscale casual dining establishment is turning on the lights and providing fresh seafood, grilled or fried delicacies, and side dishes any well worn traveler will enjoy.
Recently our head Chicken Thief was in Cocoa Beach, Florida and by the luck of chance Florida’s Fresh Grill (www.floridasfreshgrill.com/) was a delight on a late night. Following a side trip through “Dark Florida” and we do
mean dark, the Hal Scott Regional Park and Preserve has less lighting than the Grand Canyon at night, our travelers got back on Route 528 and A1A, and found Florida’s Fresh Grill still open in Cocoa Beach. The service was impeccable, the staff very engaging and knowledgeable about the menu, and the ownership was interacting with the patrons at the late hour.
Now any time our head Chicken Thief is near an ocean, its about all he can do to try the local catch from the sea. Florida’s Fresh Grill’s menu starts off with a number of dishes brought in by the Fleet. Our evening began with the Avocado Crab Tower (our own photo could not do justice by
this appetizer teaser). Layers of jumbo lump crab, shrimp, fresh avocados, mango, cucumber, tomato and cilantro, combine a stack full of flavor that this appetizer is on point. The freshness of the cucumber and cilantro, the vibrancy of the mango, all merge with the light flavor of the crab and shrimp. Each bite, is like a reminder of Summah days on the shore, with cool fruits and fresh chilled shellfish, you just don’t find in the west.
Next came the main dish, and believe me, you cannot go wrong with any of the items on the standard menu or their specials board. Our palate was tempted by the most delicate and flavorful swordfish steak plated with shrimp, Andouille sausage and red-eye gravy on a bed of wild rice, this special for the evening was untouchable the whole trip. The Royal Port Swordfish (served every day with redfish as a standard entree) was above delectable. The swordfish was grilled to perfection, tender, flaky and served so moist its as if it literally just came off the boat. The swordfish melted like butter on a hot knife. Combined with the shrimp, sausage and red-eye gravy, I could’ve sworn we had traveled through the Bayou to New Orleans. The red-eye gravy sets this dish apart and melds the flavors of the swordfish, shrimp and sausage perfectly.
Florida’s Fresh Grill, in the land of dreaming genies and the steps of space boys, from the launch pads of heroes to the arrival ports of dreamers and all the white sand beaches in between, is the spot to hit for dinner. Truly upscale but comfortable for the tourist as much as the local, this restaurant should be on your list of number one locations to go to once you get out of Dark Florida.