One of Melbourne and Palm Bay’s premier restaurants is know as Yellow Dog Cafe and it is conveniently located right on the Indian River in Malabar, FL. If you are having a celebration, a special birthday, a wedding rehearsal dinner or any other out of the ordinary occasion such as just being hungry, Yellow Dog is a great place to go and live it up a little.
One of the things Jean and I like about this restaurant is that there is no such thing as a rush here. You can literally spend 3 hours at dinner and no one will give you that look like it’s time to clear off the table so they can cash it out again. What makes Yellow Dog even more relaxing is that it is located right on the river and you can sit up top and see the water from a higher point of view, which is nice on colder evenings, or if the weather is nice, you can sit out on their large deck and enjoy the river from a completely different point of view. My preference is to sit inside for dinner and sit outside for lunch.
When we go out for dinner, we usually take 2 to 3 hours and the evening begins with a glass of wine on the deck for about 30 minutes while watching the birds dip in and out of the water and then it’s up to one of our 2 favorite seats inside right against the window. Next comes the appetizer of smoked salmon or a cheese plate while we plan business (of course you have to write off these expensive meals) or just chat about life in general, still watching the water and the glistening lights across the river.
Next comes the salads with just the right amount of dressing and fresh herb breads with an herb butter to snack on. Finally your entree arrives as you are about an hour to an hour and a half into your evening. One of my favorite dishes is the onion encrusted chicken with a caramel citrus glaze or the roast duck with a raspberry, cranberry, cherry and peppercorn sauce and potato pancakes that are out of this world. You can have a look at their menu here.
Lastly, you can indulge in a dessert that you are tempted with as they parade the dessert tray up to your table and explain every delicious delight. Most of the time we forgo the after dinner sweets because we’re just too stuffed to really enjoy anything else, but if you want to extend your evening and indulge, then partake in one of their incredible treats.
Yellow Dog Cafe is located at 905 U.S. Highway 1, Malabar, FL and their number for reservations (recommended for dinner) is 321-956-3334. I also heard from an inside source that Yellow Dog had some incredible treats for the media at the recent ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition build in Cocoa.
We know you will love Yellow Dog Cafe for a special occasion or any time you just feel like living it up a little.