Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Hearty Breakfast Before You Sail

At Cocoa Beach's Sunrise Diner

If you're sailing from Port Canaveral, and have wisely decided to arrive a day or
Look for this sign!
two early to enjoy the Space Coast, you may need a recommendation for the best breakfast in the area.  The locals know all about this place, and have been patronizing it for years, and for good reason.

It's the Sunrise Diner, on the Cocoa Beach Causeway, otherwise known as State Road 520.  Everyone knows where it is.  Just ask the person at the desk of your hotel for directions.

The place bills itself as "the only true diner on Cocoa Beach," and that's exactly what it is:  an old fashioned diner.  There are booths and stools at the counter, diner style.  So, if you'r looking for fancy, look elsewhere.  If you'd enjoy a true old fashioned diner experience and are plenty hungry, walk right in.

The food is good, especially the breakfast fare, which is, in my opinion the best in the area.  They do Greek, Italian and American cooking, and lots of it. Here's an
online menu

Mimosas are a recent addition, by the way - just in case you need something to get you into the cruising spirit even before you head over to the port.

They also have a specials board.  It's a white board mounted on the rear wall, and changes periodically.  We were there a couple of days ago, when some of the board entries were Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, Kielbasa & Eggs, Beef Taco Omelette with Salsa and Guacamole, and Cinnamon Apple Caramel French Toast.

I'm not sure how many eggs they use in each omlette, but it seems like about a dozen.  My favorite, hands down, is the Greek Omelette.  (Hubby usually orders the Western.)  You get your choice of breads (toast, buiscuits, or pancakes) and potatoes (home fries or hash browns) or grits with it.  On a recent visit, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Tzatziki sauce now comes with the Greek Omelette.  Now, I no longer have to order it on the side.  Yum!