About this time last year I was invited over to the east coast of Florida for an “Off the Hook” Foodie Tour hosted by Florida’a Space Coast Office of Tourism. It was during this press event that I discovered a swoonworthy eatery in Cocoa Village called Crush Eleven.
This weekend I wanted to check out Crush Eleven’s sister restaurant so two of my girlfriends and I booked a table at The Fat Snook over on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Would it live up to the reputation established at Crush Eleven? Let’s find out…
I must preface this review by stating that The Fat Snook does not have a liquor license. This was a bit of a disappointment at first. We had just come from a quick visit to The Florida Beer Company Brewery and I was a tad bit “beer and wine”ed out. I was craving a cocktail at this point in the evening. But I digress.
After looking over the wine menu we settled on a bottle of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and proceeded to make our dinner selections.
The chef was kind enough to send out a sampling from the kitchen which set a nice tone for our “Girls Night Out”.
Because we were able to select such a fabulous bottle of wine I had my heart set on ordering the cheese board. When I found out that the cheese board only offered one selection of cheese, I decided to forego the board and ordered a basket of bread for the table instead.
House-Made Hawaiian Buns – $6.00
Pineapple | Toasted Coconut | Roasted Jalapeno and Avocado Butter
This was a solid bread service. The buns were a generous size and while the butter was tasty, I felt that it needed some salt to offset the sweetness from the bread.
I did manage to get a look at the cheese board when an adjacent table ordered it and the portion of cheese was rather large and had several accompaniments. I will most certainly have the courage to order it next time.
There were two salads on the menu and our table ordered each of them.
Roasted Beet Salad – $11.00
red and golden beets | orange segments | papaya | goat cheese & macadamia nut truffles | papaya seed vinaigrette
This salad was DIVINE and fairly filling. Earthy beets, tangy goat cheese and sweet fruits played nicely together. I didn’t get to sample the other salad for myself but my dining companions were raving about the taste.
Poached Pear Salad – $12
Baby gem lettuce | winter park dairy’s blue sunshine raw milk cheese | candied walnuts | champagne vinaigrette
The Fat Snook prides itself on buying ingredients from local purveyors. This is evident in the selection of dinner entrees.
Local Catch #2 – $33
Pink Peppercorn and Fennel Seed Dusted Local Catch | Cracked Black Pepper and Goat Cheese Smoked Polenta | Port Pickled Plum Salad
When I was finished with my entree there were two small bites of fish left on the plate. That polenta though!!! OMG!!! Chef was gracious enough to work around my girlfriend’s food allergy on this next dish.
Sorghum Glazed Florida Grass Fed Hanger Steak – $27
Florida Corn & Fava Bean Succotash | Hash Brown Potato Cake | Roasted Red Pepper Vichyssoise | Lake Meadow Farms Poached Pullet Egg
An egg allergy was the thing being worked around so the poached egg and hash brown cake got the axe. She seemed to think all of the other components worked well together so we will call that a win.
The three of us opted not to indulge in dessert as we headed on down the coast to a local tavern for a nightcap.
If Crush Eleven and The Fat Snook were in a foot race I would say that Crush Eleven beats it out by a nose. That being said, the food, service and atmosphere at The Fat Snook was casual yet refined and I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the Space Coast or flying down for a quick stay before departing on a cruise out of Port Canaveral. The restaurant is open 7 days a week at 5:30 p.m. (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) and reservations are recommended as this is a fairly small venue. Uber is available if you are not renting a vehicle.
The Fat Snook
2464 S. Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931