Dine & Dash: 5 Quick Places for Lunch in Downtown Cocoa Beach

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day to some, but lunch is what powers people through the nitty gritty parts of the day to make it to the end. Most people have a time limit when it comes to their lunchtimes. That’s why being able to grab something quick is sometimes the only option. Luckily in Downtown Cocoa Beach there is a taste selection of restaurants to choose from during your daily grind.

Cafe Playa has authentic Cuban food and is located in the plaza on the corner of Minutemen Causeway and South Atlantic Ave. They opened early last year and are family operated. Cafe Playa has a great Cubano sandwich that pairs great with yuca fries; don’t forget to ask for the garlic sauce to go with both! They have a full menu of Cuban food to choose from, including empanadas, plantains, sandwiches, and platters. They are open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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Thirsty Oyster is right next to Cafe Playa on the corner of Minutemen Causeway. They opened within the last year as well. As well as having a great selection of oysters, they also have sandwiches and bar munchies. Their Loaded Tater Tots covered in chili, nacho cheese, sour cream, bacon, and chives is a perfect snack meal for any time. Sit inside and enjoy live music and their multiple televisions. Or you can order at the window, sit down, and enjoy the view of the beach. Thirsty Oyster opens every day at 11 a.m. and stays open until 2 a.m.

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The Tiny Turtle is a Caribbean-fusion restaurant mixed with a surfer hotspot for food. They have a variety of food from tacos to burgers. The Tiny Turtle is located in the Mai Tiki Market next to Fat Donkey. Their Pork Nachos are delicious with pulled pork, beans, rice, and a tangy queso cheese sauce. Instead of fries, they serve plantain chips and also have tasty salsa and guacamole for some chips. The Tiny Turtle has seating inside as well as booths and tables outside as well. They open at 11:30 a.m. every day, but close at 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Beach Dogs is a hot dog place in the plaza on the corner of North Atlantic Ave. and Minutemen Causeway right before the Cocoa Beach Police Station. They have a great variety of toppings you can choose from to build your own custom hot dog, or you can order one of their crafted creations to cure your hunger. Order inside, or at their walk-up window and then eat on their adjacent patio. This is a cute, little hotspot to fill your lunchtime needs. Beach Dogs is open 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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Green Room Cafe is an organic restaurant that has been in Downtown Cocoa Beach for years. They are located on 1st Street North. They have a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads, fruit smoothies, and desserts that are all healthy, so it will be doubly hard to pass up. Green Room Cafe has a full selection of vegetarian and vegan options along with tasty wheat and gluten alternative choices. Make sure to try one of their homemade soups. Sit inside and enjoy the artwork, or out back at a table to enjoy the greenery that surrounds their patio. They are open 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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