By Jessica Creagan
SEBASTIAN -- Marina Café in Micco has it all; great service, great view and great food.
Located on the southbound side of U.S. 1 in Micco, the two-story white and blue structure built in the 1920s stands cheerily facing the eastern sky and Indian River Lagoon.
Customers can park beside the signature red pontoon boat and walk up the rock and gravel paths to the café. Dining is available on the front porch or inside.
The Barefoot Bay U.S. Marine Corps League Detachment No. 918 enjoy meeting together on the front porch for their lunchtime chats.
Roast beef and cheddar, hot ham and Swiss, or the Snowbird Salad, it doesn't matter what you order from the menu, it's all good, the retired veterans said.
"This is just the best place, we come here all the time," said Commandant Jim McPheters.
Marina Café has a host of sandwiches, salads and soups for lunchtime satisfaction, including some with nautical names, such as the Yacht Club or the Triple Docker, which is fitting for the restaurant's location and environment.
All the entrees on the menu are very reasonably priced for the amount of food and include a cup of homemade soup and a drink. The sandwiches also include chips.
The homemade soups are self-serve at the soup bar and are different each day. Some of the soup styles include broccoli cheddar and pasta fagioli.
The cheddar broccoli soup is quite creamy with small pieces of broccoli instead of large chunks that interrupt the soup's smoothness.
The pasta fagioli is a meatless soup made with pasta and beans and is delicate broth is the perfect accompaniment to a heavier sandwich, such as the Sloppy Joni.
Named after Marina Café's owner and cook, Joni Mazzola, the Sloppy Joni is a favorite of café regulars.
The sandwich is served hot, on the customer's choice of bread; telera, multi-grain ciabatta or a deli wrap, and is a generous combination of smoked ham, roast beef, mozzarella, tomato, red onion and a balsamic vinaigrette.
The focus of the hearty sandwich is definitely the meat section, and all the meats are freshly sliced at the restaurant, said Ms. Mazzola.
Sweet and salty are well balanced in the sandwich, but for customers that like their lunch a little saucier, the honey mustard chicken is a great choice.
The sandwich, again served hot on the customer's bread choice, is savory and includes pulled chicken breast, slices of crispy smoked bacon and melted cheddar topped with golden honey mustard. The combination is finger-lickin' good.
The chicken salad sandwich is also extremely popular, and for good reason.
A bite into the cool sandwich reveals a creamy combination of all-white pulled chicken breast, chopped and blended with Marina Café's signature dressing.
It's the perfect sandwich for a light but filling lunch break.
Ms. Mazzola took over the café and renamed it in March of this year and is excited about meeting new customers and spreading the word about the delicious lunches she offers.
"And you can't beat that view," Ms. Mazzola said with a grin.
Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The Marina Café is located at 8490 U.S. 1, Micco. For more information, call (772) 664-7400 or visit www.marinacafemicco.com or www.facebook.com/marinacafemicco.