The Tulip Restaurant at Historic Cocoa Village
Why We Went: After walking around the historic Cocoa Village, we finally chose The Tulip Restaurant as it looked cute and had been in business since 1981. I figured with a track record like that, it should be good. The restaurant was originally known as The Black Tulip.
Something Special: The waiter brought us a basket of delicious warm rolls with a very tasty garlic butter spread.
Noteworthy: The Tulip Restaurant is very pretty inside. Lots of dark heavy woods in the bar area, where we ate, and the dining room was pleasant as well. There is a fire pit outside for enjoying cocktails with friends. Everything was neat and very clean.
Bonus: The service was noteworthy though we were the only ones in the restaurant for the entire hour that we were there.
What Needs Improvement: Both of our entrees were just average and certainly not up to the level I would expect from the prices and looks of the restaurant. My salmon was overcooked in places and undercooked in others. It was served with rice and vegetables which were both tasty, but had too many bold flavors to mesh well with the entire plate. Peyton’s pork medallions were not properly seared, therefore were unattractive in color and lacking flavor overall. Her side dishes were roasted potatoes and the same vegetables that I had.
Total Check Before Tip: $52.25
Note: My previous visits to historic Cocoa Beach included a trip to the Grease Sing-Along at the gorgeous Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, eating at good restaurants, and browsing interesting shops, including ones with really nice clothing options. When my daughter picked me up at the Orlando airport, I thought we would stop by the Cocoa to grab dinner on our way back to Vero Beach as she had never been there.
The Historic Cocoa Village is only 4 miles off I-95 and I figured we would have several dining options. Peyton and I walked around several of the streets in the village and found that many of the eateries I had experienced before were now out of business, or did not look up to par. There was also a British Pub that was blaring X-rated lyrics at 5PM in the evening and had a pretty sketchy crowd of people roaming the streets.
I am not sure what has happened with the area, but it does not look promising for visitors; however, the Tulip Restaurant caught my eye. It certainly does not look like the kind of restaurant that should be in this environment though maybe I just caught the village on a bad day.
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