Monday, April 20, 2009

Port Canaveral Potpourri #1 - Grills at the Port

Today's Port Canaveral Potpourri: A great place for dinner the night before your cruise.

A favorite eatery for locals and visitors alike is Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar.

Right ON the ship channel, where you can watch the boats and ships pass while you eat indoors or at a waterside table, Grills has an island casual atmosphere. It's great fun to see a cruise ship dwarf the building as it passes. Get there before 5 on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday for this event. Or, watch a much smaller casino boat leave around 4 or 4:30 pm any day. You'll also enjoy watching the pelicans play amonng the many other vessles, both moored and moving. If you're lucky, a gentle manatee will come to call at their dock!

Grill's also provides a wonderful vantage point for NASA's splendid handwork, aka launches.... especially those of the unmanned rockets.

The menu is heavy on seafood, and it's all good, much of it caught in local waters, though there are some choices for those who prefer other fare. They DON'T fry their seafood, so don't even ask! The owner also owns a charter boat, so the fish is very fresh!
My favorites: Appetizer - Their to-die-for cheese bread. Main course: The Shark-kebobs are out of this world.

Aside from people, pelican, and port activity watching, there's live music Thursday - Sunday evenings, and some Saturday afternoons.

Grill's is in 'the cove', just a stone's throw east of the cruise ship terminals. They do not take reservations, and it's a popular spot, so if you don't arrive early, you may have a wait, but it will be a pleasant one. They use the hand-held alert devices to summon you when your table is ready.

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