While NASA headquarters is in Houston, all crewed spaceflights over the history of the nation’s space program have launched from the coast of Florida known today as the Space Coast.
At the center of Florida’s Space Coast lies Titusville, a quaint, laid-back coastal town with an abundance of attractions.
Not only is it a quick drive from the famous Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral, but it’s surrounded by a beautiful natural bounty of coastline with wonderful beaches and year-round warm weather.
A trip to Titusville will be full of space and terrestrial exploration as you and your family hop from the theme park at Kennedy Space Center to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
The town itself has a great restaurant and nightlife scene where you can dine and drink waterside while watching the sunset. Titusville may be a small town, but it’s not short on culinary diversity.
During my most recent trip, I found an eclectic and delectable selection of restaurants in Titusville that offers guests friendly service and a variety of cuisines.
- The Heroes Grill
- Playalinda Brewing Co. Brix Project
- Dixie Crossroads Restaurant
- Third Culture Kitchen
- Cracker Barrel
- Sonny’s BBQ
- Steve’s Family Diner
- Loyd Have Mercy Restaurant
- El Leoncito Mexican and Cuban Restaurant
- Durango’s Steakhouse Titusville
- Mamma Rosa’s Pizza & Restaurant
Read on to explore my list of the best restaurants in Titusville to complete a day full of adventurous activity with a world-class meal on the water.
1300 South St, Titusville, FL 32780
The Heroes Grill is a casual, family-friendly American bar and grill in Osbans S/D with fast-casual counter service and a festive, patriotic dining room.
The diner-like décor features bright red walls, a checkered counter, and red vinyl chairs with the back wall covered in army and navy apparel and badges.
They offer discounts to all servicemen, whether they’re active army, veterans, or police and firemen. The menu is affordable and offers a variety of burgers, subs, wings, fried chicken baskets, salads, and barbecues.
I recommend the Bacon Ranch Chicken with fried chicken topped with peppered bacon, lettuce tomato, red onion, pickles, and ranch dressing with a side of fries.
5220 S Washington Ave, Titusville, FL 32780
Playalinda Brewing Company is proudly Brevard County’s first microbrewery and taproom, located in the heart of historic downtown Titusville in a refurbished early 20th-century hardware store.
Owners Donna and Bryan Scott collaborated with master brewer Ron Raike to open Playalinda in 2014.
The brewery now offers award-winning beer on tap and seasonal bar fare, cocktails, and more at the new Brix Project location in South Titusville.
The Brix location has a large outdoor beer garden that’s dog-friendly and a great place for families to enjoy delicious food while the adults can delight in an artisanal brew or two.
Whether you’re there for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch, the menu has a wide selection of gourmet bar fare. I loved the Mahi Reuben with blackened mahi, sauerkraut, remoulade, and pepper jack cheese on rye.
1475 Garden St, Titusville, FL 32796
Established in 1983, Dixie Crossroads Restaurant has been serving the freshest seafood sourced right from the local waters of Port Canaveral to the Garden Heights neighborhood for nearly 40 years.
Dixie Crossroads has something for every taste and budget, whether you want a cheap fish sandwich or a high-quality prime seafood platter.
Florida’s coast is known for its rock shrimp, and Dixie Crossroad has rock shrimp in abundance, along with plenty of other east coast specialties.
You can get seafood packages with three different crustaceans and filets or choose from a massive a la carte menu. I enjoyed the fried shrimp crusted with coconut breading and wrapped in bacon.
1000 Cheney Hwy, Titusville, FL 32780
Third Culture Kitchen is a hip and welcoming cocktail bar and global kitchen in South Titusville, a quick drive from Kennedy Point Park on the Indian River.
Third Culture Kitchen strives to represent the current culture of globalization and migration through its global fusion of food that will speak to foreign visitors and locals alike.
Their upscale menu and delicious craft cocktail selection will satisfy any culinary craving, whether you want Thai, Mexican, or southern comfort.
I recommend the Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl with sesame-crusted seared ahi tuna over white rice with carrots, house-made pickles, watermelon radishes, boiled egg, avocado, and fried nori then topped with green onions and guava soy sauce.
4745 Helen Hauser Blvd, Titusville, FL 32780
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store started as an interstate roadhouse and general store in 1969 by Tennessee native Dan Evins to supply traveling truckers, families, and road trippers with goods and a home-cooked meal while they’re on the road.
Today it’s a nationally loved chain that’s still found on the interstate. In Titusville, Cracker Barrel is at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Cheney Highway.
Even if you aren’t loading up for a road trip, you can still peruse their country store before or after a delicious country-style meal.
Breakfast is served all day along with a vast menu of burgers, chicken, turkey, red meat, seafood, salads, and sweets. Whatever you end up getting, you must start with their famous, fluffy buttermilk biscuits!
2900 Cheney Hwy, Titusville, FL 32780
Opened in 1968 in Gainesville, Florida, by Pitmaster Floyd “Sonny” Tillman and his wife Lucille, Sonny’s BBQ has since expanded to over 100 restaurants in eight southeastern states.
Sonny’s Titusville location is a fun, family-friendly warehouse with high-beamed ceilings in South Titusville, offering the same tried and true smoking methods and family recipes that they’ve been serving for the past 50 years.
Whether you want brisket, ribs, or pulled pork, Sonny’s BBQ has it all, along with delicious Southern sides like fried okra and healthier choices like barbecue-topped salads.
I recommend their Sonny’s Sampler with pulled pork, brisket, and barbecued chicken served with coleslaw, barbecued beans, and garlic bread.
2900 S Washington Ave, Titusville, FL 32780
Located in Riverside Park, Steve’s Family Diner is a no-frills, casual, and authentic diner, serving heaping portions of breakfast, lunch, and diner for the best prices in town.
The friendly service, unbeatable prices, and vast selection of classic American comfort food make them a neighborhood favorite.
If you’re there for breakfast, they make their plate-sized pancakes from scratch with your choice of pecans or blueberries as additives.
I recommend the Steve’s Slam combo with two blueberry pancakes, 2 eggs, and two strips of bacon. If you’re there for lunch or dinner, they’re famous for their Southern-style battered, seasoned, and fried chicken.
3434 S Washington Ave, Titusville, FL 32780
Loyd Have Mercy Restaurant is an authentic Southern soul food restaurant in a cozy, family-friendly dining space with country-style décor evoking an old-school country kitchen replete with pots and pans hanging above the wooden bar.
Located right across Washington Ave. from the Indian River and the lovely William J. Manzo Memorial Park, Loyd Have Mercy received Tripadvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award for its delicious soul food and friendly service.
They have a different daily lunch and dinner special that comes with two sides and a drink, along with a full menu of sandwiches, appetizers, and entrees.
I recommend the mushroom gravy-smothered fried pork chops over creamy pimento cheese grits with collard greens and crispy onions for garnish.
4280 S Washington Ave, Titusville, FL 32780
Owned and operated by the Sanchez family who opened El Leoncito Mexican Restaurant in their native California in 1977, the now 18-year-old location right on the river in Whispering Lakes has incorporated Cuban dishes into its authentic menu.
Head Chef Antonio Hernandez leads the kitchen and has been a veteran chef for the family for over 30 years.
They have a great Happy Hour from Tuesday through Sunday with the cheap house and fruity margaritas and 2 for 1 draft beers.
The menu has all the regional favorites from enchiladas to tacos to Chiles Rellenos, not to mention Cuban specialties like Ropa Vieja and Cuban sandwiches.
4825 Helen Hauser Blvd, Titusville, FL 32780
Durango’s Steakhouse is a family-friendly, fun American steakhouse inside an 1800’s train-station-themed restaurant modeled after the 19th-century train line for which it’s named.
Located in Ridgeview, Durango’s Steakhouse uses prime cuts of steak and an oak-fired grill to cook its fine cuts of beef, pork, and chicken to perfection.
They have a full bar with cocktails, a vast wine list, and craft beers from local microbreweries on tap. The vast menu features prime steaks, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, Mexican food, and more.
I recommend their Hawaiian ribeye, an Angus ribeye marinated in a flavorful, tropical Hawaiian marinate then oak fire-grilled.
381 Cheney Hwy, Titusville, FL 32780
Located in Ridgeview, Mamma Rosa’s Pizza and Restaurant is a New York-style pizzeria, slice shop, and Italian American restaurant in an unassuming, rustic dining room with an open kitchen.
Their authentic pies won a nomination for the best pizza on the space coast from Space Coast Living Magazine.
They serve both classic New York-style thin crusts with chewy, dense edges as well as the thick, dense square-shaped Sicilian-style pies. My favorite was Mamma Rosa’s Special with ham, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and black olives.
Titusville may be a small town, but its worldly selection of restaurants is on par with any major metropolis.
Whether you want pizza, barbecue, Mexican, or Asian, my list of the best restaurants in Titusville has everything you’re looking for with friendly service and welcoming atmospheres.
Did I leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave a comment, and I’ll check it out!