The Travelin Man
Scratch Ozzie’s Crab Shack at least temporarily.
…and since I know that Florida Today does not have a very long article archive, here’s the scoop for the late arrivals…
Fire guts landmark Ozzie’s Crab House
GRANT-VALKARIA For four decades, Ozzie s Crab House has been a popular riverside spot for garlic crabs, music and talk of old Florida folklore.
Now, just hours after a devastating overnight electrical fire left behind $250,000 in damages, the owner of the aqua-blue wood and concrete-frame building on U.S. 1 has vowed to rebuild the local landmark.
It s pretty much a loss, said owner Jim Shelton, standing amid the soggy, charred insulation clumped on the blackened floor.
But it s going to come back, I can tell you that.
The fire which started near an electrical box was first noticed about 12:30 a.m. by workers at the restaurant s bar, officials said.
Several Brevard County Fire-Rescue engines responded to the scene, battling flames as they licked inside the knotted pine-roof for the next hour and a half, officials said.
The 6,800 square-foot building remained standing but inside, tables, chairs and other were left smoke damaged and covered with soot.
Shelton, expecting to meet with insurance agents today, said the longstanding business had 36 employees.
They don t have a job. This is just a bad time, Shelton said.
The restaurant could remain closed for the next three to four months, Shelton said.
About 30 miles north of Vero on US1 in Grant, FL, is the Crab Shack, or Ozzie’s Crab Shack. It’s a surviving piece of old Florida. Also, the Pearl in Vero was magnificent for seafood.
In Vero Go to "The Patio" for lunch. Lunch is a good deal and great food! Along RTE 1 in Palm Bay is "The Shack" ! Right on the water and great roadfood! Sit out in the screenroom! That’s about a 25 min. drive from Disney Resort in Sebastian FL. Then if you’re ambitious drive up A1A to Cocoa Beach and go to "Florida’s Seafood"where "Shrimp Happens" on RTE 520 which is just after you pass "Ron Jon’s Surf Shop"! Have lunch there and ask for Maria for your server! We actually like this better than Dixie Crossroads as mentioned above. Cocoa Beach is about a 40 min. drive from Disney Resort in Sebastian. Drive up A1A it’s pleasant! Then you could also plan to drive to Port Canaveral on a Sunday afternoon and go to "Grill’s" at the port and watch the cruise ships sail out starting about 4 PM! Grill’s is great for breakfast lunch or dinner! Have their fresh Tuna steak rare! Yikes! Great prices too. Lunch again is your best buy. Breakfast great buy too and great food! They have a "Tiki Bar" outside too! Do a search here for Cocoa Beach and you might find some other stuff.
If you like Irish food go to "Meg O’Malley’s" in Melbourne. They have great corned beef and cabbage and colcannon! Yum! Again lunch is a great buy!
Must be a different place I am thinking.
It was in Cocoa on US 1 …. Shoot…
Now I have to figure what place I was talking about.
It was Corky Bells…
Dixie Crossroads did not burn down, musy be another place.
I just checked their website and see they are in Titusville and Orlando. IIRC they use to have one in Melbourne also, it’s not shown so maybe that one did burn down???
I think they just reopened, didnt they? Or am I thinking of another place .. (one there burned down last year, and they just rebuilt it).
Hep me hep me here….
I moved to Vero in 1979 when many considered the whole area a "culinary wasteland". While things have definitely improved over time, it still isn’t what I’d call a haven for chowhounds. The "Ocean Grill" is an ok place to bring visiting northern friends, more for the view than the food. The best thing on the menu, imo, is the duck which has been a featured item for over 30 years. The "Grill" is pricey, the seats with an ocean view are limited and, again imo, you can do a lot better. The "Patio" is popular, especially the Sunday brunch, but nothing special either and the "early-bird" factor there is high. "Fat Boys" bbq has been around since before my arrival and is a popular place, especially for breakfast, but if you’re looking for bbq, believe it or not, the local representative of the "Sonny’s" chain is very good. "Fat Boys" is located on US1 a little south of town. "Sonny’s" is on Rt. 60 East just west of town. "Vincent’s", on the Miracle Mile, is some folks vote for Best Pizza and has an excellent choice of all things Italian. Too-Jays is a NY style deli/restaurant and is very good. "The Hardwood Grill", on US1 south about 5 miles north of Vero, is very good; maybe a bit on the expensive side. If you want a "RoadFood" type experience, "Mrs. B’s" on Rt.60 east about 5 miles west of town is a leave-your-cap-on type of place that has good fried chicken, great hamburgers (try the B-burger), and maybe some chicken-fried steak. There’s also a Waffle House out that way; if you’ve never been, you ought to give it a try. "Squid Lips" is a popular place right on the Indian River in Sebastian with good seafood and nice happy-hour. Get there early (or late)! Also in that area on the river, is Capt. Hirams; fun place to drink when the band is playing, but the food is nothing special. If you feel like knockin’ back a few at a "biker-bar" Earl’s Hideaway is just down the street.Like I said, not a food bonanza, but pretty much something for everyone. The restaurants at the Disney resort are convenient and "upscale" but, based on my two visits there, I think you can do better. The upstairs bar is good though; nice view especially if there is a launch at the cape. The New England Seafood Restaurant is on A1A north of you in Melbourne Beach. A nice drive of about 20 miles and definitely worth it. Bobbies Cafe on Ocean Drive right on the ocean is wonderful but again pricey.
If you have anything specific in mind let me know. We left Vero last June so some things may have changed.
I booked our vacation yesterday at the Disney resort here for mid August. Any of you know of some good dinner places in the VB area?
Vero Beach Fla.
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