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Frank, outside newly renovated Bella's restaurant - Melbourne

Frank, outside newly renovated Bella's restaurant

Bella's: THE best Italian Food South of Little Italy!!!

Although I find Bella's to be a bit overpriced, I'm willing to pay it because it is the ONLY Italian restaurant in Melbourne (possibly Brevard County) worthy of a visit.

And not only that - but the food is absolutely delicious, and 100% Italian. Just ask Frank, the head chef and owner - or his wife Bella. They originally hail from New York City. For those of you who don't get it, that's AUTHENTIC.

I won't list a favorite dish here because they're all great - but I do recommend including a "Bella's Salad" (either the regular size or "baby" size) because it's full of lovely red onions, roasted red peppers, artichokes, olives and the best part - chunks of delicious, pungent Gorgonzola cheese. I'm salivating just thinking about it....

Full liquor bar and home made cannolis, too.

Address: 1904 Municipal Lane (downtown Melbourne)

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: In historic "downtown" Melbourne, in between Strawbridge and 5th Avenue

Phone: 321-723-5001

Price: US$21-30

Rating: 5

Theme: Italian

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 18, 2005
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Outside patio area - Melbourne

Outside patio area

Skewers: Tasty Chicken Kabobs

Believe it or not, Melbourne has a few Middle Eastern restaurants. This one is probably the nicest appointed one, and happens to be right by the beach in Indialantic.

If you're lucky, sometimes there's a belly-dancer or two for entertainment.

If you want to smoke the narghila pipe, you'll have to be tenacious in insisting they bring it out to you. If you ask, they're most likely going to tell you "no" at first. Persevere...it always works.

Favorite Dish: Since I'm a vegetarian, I usually get the "greek" salad and some tahini and hummus. But I know the chicken dishes are great - plenty of garlic!

Address: 144 5th Avenue (Indialantic)

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: Almost reaching A1A along the beach (across from Islands Fish Grill)

Phone: 321-727-8944

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 4

Theme: Middle Eastern

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 4, 2005
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Mmmmmm....more, please! - Melbourne

Mmmmmm....more, please!

Inside Islands Fish Grill: Fresh Mahi Mahi STILL continuing...

...sometimes we even sit at the bar and eat if it's too crowded and we don't feel like waiting for a table.

Same delicious food...always!

Comparison: more expensive than average

Price: US$21-30

Rating: 5

Theme: Seafood

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 4, 2005
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Inside one of two dining rooms - Melbourne

Inside one of two dining rooms

Inside Islands Fish Grill: Fresh Mahi Mahi continued...

Just so you can see how inviting the interior of this restaurant is....

Just love it!!

Comparison: more expensive than average

Price: US$21-30

Rating: 5

Theme: Seafood

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 4, 2005
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Islands Fish Grill on 5th Ave - Melbourne

Islands Fish Grill on 5th Ave

Islands Fish Grill: Fresh Mahi Mahi

The ambience is casual elegant, with reggae music playing softly in the background. The place is fairly small so it's a good idea to make reservations. The fare is fresh Caribbean seafood and fine wines. It's a favorite among locals and in my opinion, the best restaurant in the Melbourne Beach area - possibly in the entire Brevard County.

Favorite Dish: Best dish I can recommend is the house specialty: Grilled Mahi-Mahi in nut butter sauce. Comes with sauteed vegetables on the side, and sweet potato. Delicious!

The chocolate pate or creme brulee are two great desert choices.

Did I mention this is my favorite restaurant?!?

Address: 111 5th Ave., Indialantic

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: Right by the beach - next to "LongBoard House"

Phone: 321-956-0559

Price: US$21-30

Rating: 5

Theme: Seafood

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 4, 2005
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One of two dining rooms inside - Melbourne

One of two dining rooms inside

Inside Continental Flambe: Very "Continental" continued....

I couldn't resist adding a photograph of the inside of the Continental Flambe.

Isn't it too cute?!!!

Comparison: more expensive than average

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 5

Theme: Eclectic/International

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 4, 2005
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Outside of Continental Flambe - Melbourne

Outside of Continental Flambe

Continental Flambe: Very "Continental"....

Whether for lunch or dinner, the Continental Flambe is another favorite dining spot of mine here in Melbourne.

The owner/chef is from Morocco and is married to a French woman. Between the two of them, they've come up with a creative, eclectic menu and wine bar that is not only visually appealing, but culinarily satisfying (did I just make up that word "culinarily"?)

Menu changes from time to time, but expect anything from roast duck to curried chicken.

Address: 936 E. New Haven Ave. (or as I call it, 5th Ave)

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: historical "downtown" Melbourne, one street over from Strawbridge

Phone: 321-768-2445

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 5

Theme: Eclectic/International

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 4, 2005
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