Dixie Crossroads, Titusville, Florida – Restaurant review

 

Rock Shrimps

Dixie Crossroads is a seafood restaurant in Titusville, Florida, that we ventured into after reading rave reviews about it on the web. Located about 15 miles from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center,  this place offers old world charm and a seafood fare that has its clients coming back to it for years now.

In the early 60s, a family loved deep sea fishing, and caught a lot of rock shrimps. These are tiny shrimps with rock hard shells, hence the name rock shrimps. Problem was, no one could break open the shell. So almost always they were thrown back into the sea.

The Thompson family found a way to crack open the shells, and set up shop in the early 80s that sold shelled rock shrimps and called it Dixie Crossroads. It continues to specialize in rock shrimps. 

 

Rock Shrimps

The famous rock shrimps

The decor is 80s style, with wooden slats and bench style seating. But even though it looks a bit dated, it does not take away from the charm of the place.
Dixie front

 

The owls at the entrance

The wooden owls at the entrance.

 

Greetings

Greetings!!

The kitchen

The lobster murals at the entrance lobby create a lot of interest.

 

NASA memoirs

 

The old world charm is enhanced by the pictures of astronauts and other memorabilia from NASA.

 

Menu

There is plenty of seating, and while it’s known to be full all the time, we got in there at a good time. Our server Jessica was very knowledgeable, and walked us through the Menu, making suggestions that served us well.

 

hushpuppies

Hush puppies corn fritters. Complimentary.

Almost as soon as we were seated, we were served Corn Fritters straight from the oven. These are basically donuts doused in sugar powder. Soft and buttery, they tasted heavenly.

Note: If you are going in for the first time, you might find yourself addicted to these delicious little balls of sugar and end up filling yourself with them. So go slow.

My older one ordered clam chowder.

Clam chowder

Cup of Clam chowder: $3.99

It came with a packet of crunchy oyster crackers.

Oyster crackersOysters crackers

 

clam chowder 2

It was just the right consistency, full-bodied and each spoon came up heaped with meat.

 

ribs (2)

ribs

Full rack of BBQ Baby back ribs with two sides. $14.99

My younger one is not so fond of sea food, so he went for BBQ Baby Back ribs with cheese grits. We were not sure how the ribs would turn out in a seafood restaurant, but they were tender, moist and very flavorful. We ordered cheese grits and fires as sides. The cheese grit was thick and cheesy, just as it should be.

We ordered Cape Canaveral Special – a combo of Rock shrimps, Royal red shrimps and Scallops.
Royal red shrimps

Royal red shrimps

Royal red shrimps are another of their specialty. They are caught wild and are seasonal, so supplies are often limited. This year the supply has been more than other years, so there is plenty to go around.

rock shrimps peeled

Rock shrimps

And then of course, the famous rock shrimps.

Rock shrimps

Though they look like shrimps, their meat tastes a lot like lobster. Sweet and succulent, they are broiled on a conveyor belt til they reach just the right temperature. There is also a trick to neatly opening the shell and if you request, your server will show you exactly how.

 

Scallops

Scallops

The only weak link in an otherwise fabulous array of seafood. The scallops were over cooked and chewy.

Cape Canaveral Special: 30.99  

 

double fudge brownie with ice-cream

Double Fudge brownie with ice-cream $4.99

The portions were great and though we ordered only two major entrees, we had enough for the four of us.

Dixie Crossroads is a convenient restaurant to go to from Kennedy Space center, and it’s about 45 minutes drive from Orlando. If you are great seafood buff, then the ride will be worth it.

Dixie Crossroads

1475 Garden Street

Titusville,

FL 32796 

Phone: 321-268-5000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 comments for “Dixie Crossroads, Titusville, Florida – Restaurant review

  1. CCU
    June 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    This looks like a seafood dream my friend :D
    Delicious review!

    Cheers
    CCU
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  2. June 18, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Looks like you guys had a good time in Florida! Seafood place looks great. The rock shrimp looked very delicious but I was taken by the corn fritter photo! I would probably go for them more than the seafood!

    Nazneen
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    • June 19, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      The fritters were so very good, truly, worth visiting that place just for those alone.

  3. June 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    This is the kind of place you expect when you’re anywhere along the southern coast of the US. “Expect” but not always “find”, unfortunately. Now, though, thanks to the web, the odds of finding one are in our favor. With the exception of the scallops, Minnie, it sounds like you found a good place and everyone enjoyed a great meal. If and when I get back down to Florida, I’ll be sure to look for this place. Thanks for the heads-up.
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    • June 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Rightly said John! With the exception of this place, and another back in Orlando, our Florida food experience was terrible. Thanks so much!

  4. June 19, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    I had never heard of Rock Shrimp before, but they sound very good and perhaps a less expensive alternative to lobster. Wow, a double fudge brownie for only $4.99- save a place for me!
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  5. June 19, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    What a wonderful review Minnie, I am not a big fan of seafood but this looks like a place that is worth visiting for sure
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  6. June 19, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    I was drooling while reading this post! I love all seafood and this would be the perfect place for me :D
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  7. June 19, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    Sounds and looks like a cool restaurant to hang out. The prices seem reasonable, the same dishes would cost the same here in goa. I wouldn’t mind if you d take me there for a seafood treat Minnie! =P

  8. June 19, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    I used to live not far from Titusville and spent quite a bit of time around there. What a lovely meal :)
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  9. June 19, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    This place sounds amazing. I want to get addicted to this amall donuts :D

  10. June 27, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Oh, those pictures look so blissful!
    I LOVE a good cup of tea and a book and enjoy the lovely dishes.

  11. July 2, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Ohhh everything looks delicious. And complimentary hush puppies corn fritters? YUM! I can eat those shrimps endlessly… :)
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  12. July 13, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Looks like seafood to die for. Only been to Titusville once in my life and can’t see myself going back since the shuttle is no more :-( but just in case i visit one day i’ll put this in my little black book.
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