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Gambling on whether or not or not a launch will truly occur is a guess most Space Coasters know higher than to make. 

Weather circumstances, last-minute technical issues, wayward boats wandering into forbidden areas … 

… you by no means know what might have an effect on a launch time. That’s why making launch viewing an “event” is so vital. Adding dinner and drinks into the combo, particularly when the launch time is simply after sundown, is an ideal strategy to battle any uncertainty. Win or lose, we nonetheless booze, proper???

Wednesday’s launch is certain to be a beaut. SpaceX has scheduled a night launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Liftoff is scheduled for eight p.m., with a two-hour window. Here’s the cool half: they’re bringing that child again! SpaceX will try a touchdown of its rocket booster at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

This is a double-whammy for viewership. 

1. Because evening launches are an unbelievable sight. 

2. Because you will possible expertise the shock and awe that may be a sonic increase when the booster returns. It’s magnificent and terrifying unexpectedly. Watch carefully and you will see it fall again down from the sky. 

Here’s the catch — and actually the purpose of this text — Weather is 70 p.c favorable, which implies there is a strong 30 p.c probability we’ll stroll away with pet canine eyes filled with disappointment. 

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There are spectacular viewing spots alongside the Indian River in north Brevard the place you possibly can catch an ideal glimpse of the rocket launch (and return) whereas additionally sipping on a cocktail or shoveling in appetizers. 

Remember this as you propose: If you look throughout the river at NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building (the large constructing that stands proud like a sore thumb), pad 39A is simply to the left of it. That’s the place the launch will happen. You’ll see the launch from just about anyplace within the speedy space (and even so far as Orlando), however if you would like a front-row seat, listed below are a number of locations I like to recommend in your viewing pleasure. 

As a neighborhood, listed below are locations I counsel with a view to dine and drink earlier than the launch: 

1. Shiloh’s Steak and Seafood

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Shiloh’s sits proper on the river and options an outside deck and bar with a transparent view of Kennedy Space Center. (Photo: Jessica Saggio, FLORIDA TODAY)

Perhaps the very best view you might ever ask for from a restaurant is at Shiloh’s in Titusville. The riverside eatery not solely has an outside “Mangrove” deck and bar immediately throughout from the house middle, however inside sprawling home windows cowl the again of the restaurant. There is not any such factor as a nasty view right here. The menu on the restaurant gives a variety of things, and so they aren’t too costly until you go for the $53, 34-ounce Ribeye as a result of YOLO. Happy hour right here runs from Four-7 p.m. (simply in time to get somewhat schwastey muffins earlier than the launch). Here is a hyperlink to the menu if you wish to test it out. I like to recommend the samurai shrimp if you happen to go. It’s a zesty dish filled with taste and, as a neighborhood, it is my go-to once I go to. Shiloh’s is open till 10 p.m. on weeknights.

Location: 3665 S. Washington Ave., Titusville

2. Dogs R Us

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Dogs R Us has a direct view of KSC and gives free children meals. Score! Just keep in mind to carry money. (Photo: Jessica Saggio, FLORIDA TODAY)

If you have got little ones, Dogs R Us is a should. This is probably going essentially the most kid-friendly joint on the town (given you do not dine outdoors with the people who smoke or within the bar space) and it sits immediately throughout U.S. 1 from Kennedy Space Center. The restaurant, recognized for its wings, sizzling canines and different American dishes is priced proper and gives a free children meal with each grownup meal bought. The wings for 2 deal is my favourite: 20 wings and a basket of fries for $20 (I like to recommend the candy warmth taste). The restaurant can also be lined inside with TVs that characteristic numerous sports activities video games. Happy hour runs from three p.m. to 7 p.m. If you do dine right here, make sure you step out into the parking zone to observe the precise launch. It’s a transparent view, however looking a window in Dogs R Us in all probability will not lower it until you seize a sales space on the east finish of the restaurant. Here’s the catch, although: carry money. The restaurant does not settle for bank cards or private checks. There’s an ATM inside with a $2 payment if you happen to’re determined. Check out the restaurant menu right here, Dogs R Us is open till 11 p.m.

Location: 4200 S. Washington Ave., Titusville

three. El Leoncito 

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El Leoncito is a towny favourite in Titusville. It gives tasty Cuban and Mexican meals, HUGE margaritas and a fantastic view of Kennedy Space Center. (Photo: Jessica Saggio, FLORIDA TODAY)

El Leoncito is a neighborhood favourite for a large number of causes, however most notably, due to its large margaritas. Note: my favourite is the frozen peach margarita. This Titusville restaurant proper alongside U.S. 1 is thought for its Cuban and Mexican dishes and is a straight shot throughout the river from KSC. There’s an outside seating space, however if you happen to select to eat inside and do not get a sales space on the east aspect, make sure you step outdoors for the launch. You will not be let down by the view from the parking zone. Plus, El Leoncito has joyful hour from three to six p.m. You cannot go flawed right here – I’ve by no means had a nasty expertise and the meals is terrific. Expert tip: Be positive to seize a kind of green-and-white candies in your means out the door. I do not know what they’re, however I am fairly positive El Leoncito orders them straight from heaven. Check out the menu right here. 

Location: 280 S. Washington Ave., Titusville

Four. New York, New York

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New York, New York does not look that nice from the entrance, but it surely was probably the greatest views of KSC within the again. (Photo: Jessica Saggio, FLORIDA TODAY)

Buried down a aspect street in south Titusville, you would not know this place was there until Mr. Google or a neighborhood instructed you. Also, there’s little or no about New York, New York that is properly … New York-ish. It’s an off-the-cuff restaurant down Riveredge Drive (simply off U.S. 1) that is recognized for its burgers and American dishes. Don’t be fooled by what it appears like from the surface (belief me, it is not fairly from the entrance), however exit again and you’ve got perhaps the very best view of the launch pad on the Space Coast. It sits proper on the water with a fantastic view from contained in the restaurant and behind it. There’s additionally a tiki bar out again.  Here’s a hyperlink to the menu if you wish to test it out. The restaurant is open till 9 p.m. and joyful hour is from three to five p.m.

Location: 5401 Riveredge Dr., Titusville

5. Old Florida Grill & Oyster House

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The oysters at Old Florida Grill are massive, recent, flavorful, no-sand mollusks obtainable uncooked or steamed. (Photo: LYN DOWLING/FOR FLORIDA TODAY)

Old Florida Grill does not appear to be a lot from the entrance. It’s in between Cocoa and Port St. John and its simple to overlook as you fly down U.S. 1. But go inside and see what’s out again and you will be pleasantly stunned. The restaurant sits proper on the Indian River and has a dock and outdoors bar space that is good for an evening launch soiree. Plus, the meals is sweet. The restaurant does not have a cheerful hour, but it surely gives $three margaritas on a regular basis. The seafood joint is thought for its oysters and fish and chips. It’s open till 10 p.m. Here’s a hyperlink to its menu on TripAdvisor. 

Location: 5370 U.S. 1, Cocoa

Other honorable mentions: 

  • Ryan’s Pizza and Pub in Cocoa Village.
  • Sandbar Sports Grill in Cocoa Beach.
  • The Cove in Port Canaveral. There are a variety of eating places on the port value trying out, and you will definitely be capable of see the launch from there. 
  • The Island Waterfront Bar & Grill in Merritt Island. 
  • Orleans Bistro and Bar in Titusville (there are a number of bushes that preserve it from having an ideal view).
  • Irish Pub in Titusville (peek out across the parking zone and there is a nice view).
  • Cumberland Farms in Titusville on U.S. 1. Ironically sufficient, Cumby has a main viewing spot straight throughout from KSC. Plus, who says a gasoline station sizzling canine does not depend as dinner???
  • Also, take a look at our restaurant guru Suzy Fleming-Leonard’s waterfront eating information right here. 

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Contact columnist Jessica Saggio at Jsaggio@floridatoday.com, 321-242-3664 or comply with her on Twitter @JessicaJSaggio. 

 

 

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