By Chris Fish
PALM BAY -- I've been thinking about the America Burger from Stars and Stripes Café for several days.
I'm not sure what it is; maybe it's the perfectly-crafted corned beef hash, which melts into the cheese, and sits atop a medium-well burger. Or, maybe, it's the delicious Kaiser Roll that sandwiches everything together, as juices explode into your mouth with each bite.
I'm not entirely sure how, or why, but one thing is for certain: the America Burger is hands-down the best burger I've eaten in Brevard County.
Stars and Stripes Café seems somewhat hidden, as if it's a secret only the most devout diners can know about, the kind of diners, who are worthy and whisper to one another in hushed tones, can eat at.
But, the sincerity of husband and wife owners Rob and April Cuthill, who dress in their finest chef attire, creates an inviting and warm dining experience for all.
"It's all I've ever done," Mr. Cuthill said about working in the food industry. "We probably have at least 20 people here every day, five days a week. We've got a great staff; we are all family."
The Cuthills truly solidify the American Dream: both worked their way up through the restaurant chain, washing dishes, bussing and waiting on tables, until they finally were given the opportunity to own something truly theirs a year and a half ago.
Since then, they've become local legends, with diners flocking to eat their burgers, breakfast, salad and, especially, their meatloaf.
Aside from these selections, Stars and Stripes Café offers homemade corned beef hash, country fried steak, an eight ounce New York strip and a slice of pie for dessert.
"I love cooking," Mrs. Cuthill said. "I used to be in front of the house; now I get to be behind the scenes and serve the food (I make). I love seeing people smile (when they eat it)."
And, if there is something you want that is not on the menu, if Stars and Stripes has the ingredients, they'll make it.
On top of delicious breakfast and lunch items, which are all made from scratch, Stars and Stripes takes the time to remember what is truly important: the community.
"I grew up in a military family," Mrs. Cuthill said. "We offer 20 percent off to retired or active military, and we offer 50 percent off all police and firefighter orders. We really like our community."
In the future, the husband and wife duo said they hope to offer catering and possibly be open for dinner a few days a week.
Stars and Stripes Café is located at 2280 Harris Ave., in Palm Bay and is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday.
For more information, call (321) 953-5838 or find them on Facebook.