We get it! Not everyone has the time, means or inclination, especially lately, to hop on a plane or plan a road trip Beyond Brevard.

One way you can capture the feeling of traveling far from home – if only for a brief few hours – is to seek out restaurants offering ethnic eats: savory curries from India with basmati rice and garlic naan bread; a foamy sweet Cuban coffee with guava and cream cheese pastry; hearty Irish beef stew with pumpernickel bread; or perhaps a grill-fired plate of meze from your favorite Greek restaurant.

However you like to travel for your food, or bring it home for special suppers, here’s a selection of local places offering a getta-outta-Brevard kind of feel that we think you’ll like…

Tropical Feelings: Frigates in Melbourne

Most popular lunch items pictured: Lobster Roll & Fried Grouper Special

Frigates Lobster Roll
Photography by Harmony Lynn Goodson
Fried Grouper Sandwich Frigates
Photography by Harmony Lynn Goodson

European Vibe: Heidelberg in Cocoa Beach

Lunch menu items pictured: Specialty Beer and Baked Brie & Salmon Crepes

Heidelberg Baked Brie
Photography by Harmony Lynn Goodson
Heidelberg Craft Beer
Photography by Harmony Lynn Goodson
heidelberg salmon crepes
Photography by Harmony Lynn Goodson

Global Cuisine: Nomad’s in Downtown Melbourne

Lunch menu items pictured: Roasted Beets, Signature Nomad Burrito, Avocado Caprese

Nomad Cafe Roasted Beets, Signature Nomad Burrito, Avocado Caprese
Photography by Harmony Lynn Goodson

I Dream of India: Flavors of India in Cocoa Beach

Pictured: Lunch Buffet & Dinner Menu Items

Taste of India Lunch Buffet
Photography by Harmony Lynn Goodson
Taste of India Lunch Buffet
Photography by Harmony Lynn Goodson
Taste of India Lunch Buffet
Photography by Harmony Lynn Goodson

Mexican Munchies: Señor Loco Tacos and Tequila in Indian Harbour Beach

Pictured: Margarita & Steak Fajitas – Lunch Special

Senor Loco Margarita
Photography by Harmony Lynn Goodson
Senor Loco Fajitas
Photography by Harmony Lynn Goodson

NOTE: Some of the establishments listed here may be closed or have limited/restricted hours and accessibility due to the Coronavirus. Please call the establishment directly to learn more.

Shawna Lucas
Publisher at Space Coast Magazines | shawna@spacecoastmagazines.com

Shawna Lucas (formerly Kelsch) has lived and worked in Brevard county for the past 20 years, serving in a variety of jobs and community service roles. She’s a former food and news reporter for Florida today, and was owner/operator of a marketing company that assisted clients and partners such as the Florida Healthcare Coalition, Blue Cross & Blue Shield Foundation for Florida, The Brevard Health Alliance, and Florida Tech to identify and solve pressing community health issues. She has she has dual bachelors degrees in Journalism and Sociology from the University of Miami, and was an inaugural fellow at the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.