Some girls like it hot and I’m no exception. Spicy food is a restaurant’s aphrodisiac used to lure me as a loyal diner and its biggest cheerleader. One of the best breakfasts I enjoyed this year was the Shrimp & Crab Wicked Breakfast Waffle at a low-key, casual place called Sand on the Beach in Melbourne, Florida on the Space Coast.
Oh yeah, baby! More than a month since my November visit and I’m still dreaming of this wicked, awesome breakfast waffle which was piled high with shrimp, crab meat (not the imitation stuff), a fried egg, spicy red sauce (the wicked sauce), and Parmigiano cheese to stick it all together.
This isn’t a waffle to drizzle with maple syrup (well, I suppose you could) and may seem like a strange combination but after first bite of this fiery, savory and hearty taste bud-pleaser, there’s no doubt this combo is a winner. It’s loaded with more heat than what the typical diner can handle so “extremely spicy” is included in the menu description.
Plus, the waffle wasn’t one of those wimpy ones found in the frozen food section. It was almost as big as a dinner plate and about half-an-inch thick. I mean, it would need to be in order to hold all the hearty toppings.
My taste buds and tummy were pleased and so were my eyes and mind. As you guessed by the restaurant’s name, Sand on the Beach is located steps away from the beach. If you’re lucky and arrive when the eatery opens at 8 a.m., you’ll be seated with a sexy view of Melbourne Beach and the lapping waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
The breakfast menu is quite extensive and includes pancakes, waffles, omelets, eggs, and one of my favorites, Eggs Benedict. In addition to breakfast, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner. American fare includes crab cakes, shrimp and grits, beach-appropriate salads such as Chicken Avocado Succotash and Mahi Spinach, burgers, sandwiches and wraps.
Walking up to the two-story Sand on the Beach took me back to the Florida Keys with its pink and yellow exterior. It has a great deck covered with what looked like a chickee roof and is perfect for dining and/or sipping an adult beverage and soaking up the tropical vibe. Or, sit at the Bikini Bar (bikinis are optional I imagine, err, I hope.)
Although I can’t speak on how lunch and/dinner tastes, breakfast at Sand on the Beach was a winner. If you’re like me and staying at Tuckaway Shores Resort, plan on starting your day at this beachside restaurant. It’s only located about a two-minute drive south of the resort. Or, if you’re feeling up to it, it’s an easy 25-minute walk (or shorter if you walk briskly). Even if you’re traveling to Florida’s and staying elsewhere, give Sand on the Beach a try.
Sand on the Beach
1005 Atlantic Street
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Disclosure: During my visit, I was a guest of Tuckaway Shores Resort, VISIT FLORIDA and Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism. Opinions are my own and this post has not been reviewed by any of the entities mentioned in it. As a point of disclosure, I’m a former VISIT FLORIDA employee and currently serve on one of their committees, which had no impact in my participation on this trip.