Local Post: Historic Downtown – The Best Eats in Melbourne

  • July 13, 2013
  • Bradley Taylor

downtown-melbThe next time you are looking to go out to dinner, skip one of the many chain restaurants you can find anywhere, and check out some of the independently owned places right in our own Historic Downtown here in Melbourne. From pizza to burgers, pub food to fine dining, the Historic Downtown area has anything and everything.

If italian fare is what you are in the mood for, Brio Pizza & Pasta and Brio Italiano Restaurant & Bar have got you covered. For a more casual evening, stop in at Brio Pizza & Pasta which is open 11am to 9pm Monday through Thursday, 11am to 2am on Friday and Saturday, and 12pm to 9pm on Sunday. Prices are very reasonable and in addition to pizza, the menu includes various baked, seafood based, and traditional italian entrees (think lasagna, shrimp scampi, and marsala). For a little less casual night out, Brio Italiano is the place to be. Open Monday to Thursday, 11am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 10pm, and Sunday’s from 5pm to 9pm, you can find various seafood, chicken, beef, and pasta dishes here. Finally, for upscale italian with a history, check out The Dove III. A family owned restaurant with other locations in Satellite Beach, Florida and Buffalo, New York. Its story begins back in 1892 in Naples, Italy. All the items on their menu sound delicious!

shrimpFor some sports bar fun and cold drinks there are a couple of places to choose from. Crane Creek Tiki Taproom and Grill features a mix of American, Mexican, and Caribbean fare with daily happy hours from 2pm to 7pm. Mainstreet Pub has the market cornered on fresh drink mixes and modern pub food including such choices as a slow cooked roast beef sandwich and crab stuffed mushrooms.

If a unique dining experience is what you want, Historic Downtown is filled with various places you must try. Topping the list is Matt’s Casbah. With menu items ranging from sushi to pizza, a Sunday brunch, and live music on the patio – this place has got it all. For a little taste of Cuba, check out El Ambia Cubano. Boasting homemade Cuban food and a musical atmosphere (there is live music every Friday and Saturday), this restaurant promises a great evening out. Finally for the group who can’t agree on what type of food they want, there is The Nomad Cafe. A 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence honoree, this restaurant offers an international cuisine. Promising only the freshest of ingredients and an extensive wine list, this is the place to go when you plan on leaving the kids at home.

There are no shortage of places to eat in Melbourne and the Historic Downtown area is no exception. These restaurants are only a snapshot of all that can be found there. Check out the Historic Downtown website for more eateries and to find more information such as operating hours and menu options. Eat, drink, and be merry!

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