While we were in Rockledge, Florida for Easter and baby Oliver’s baptism, we spent an afternoon at the beach, naturally, soaking up some sun and bringing out the freckles. We went to a park first and walked along walkway watching ships.
Our son, Isaac, had his son, Oliver, all set with sun glasses, a hat and his binky. Oliver loved the whole day. Sophia and Clare loved the water and entertained themselves looking for shells.
Later we had dinner at a fabulous place called River Rocks Restaurant. We chose the casual side, called the Dock and it was perfect for us.
http://www.riverrocksrestaurant.com/My daughter-in-law, Kara, and I both ordered grouper, which was one of the fresh fish offerings. And wow was it fresh! In Iowa when the stores offer “fresh fish” in the winter that means it was just pulled out of a freezer. In the summer, it may have been pulled from a farm pond. This grouper was fresh without being fishy and the orange mango sauce was incredible. The garlic mashed potatoes were also divine.
Later, we ordered several desserts, including the one our server recommended: Sweet potato and banana fritters. We liked them so much, we ordered an extra basket. They are like little doughnuts and neither the sweet potato nor banana flavors were dominant, but they made them very tender and moist. The tray comes with a caramel sauce on one side and a raspberry sauce on the other. Our server said he likes to dip them in both. Please try them if you ever get to Rockledge, Florida.
The service was wonderful; the outdoor setting was ideal; manager Steve Brandon was very obliging and God painted the sky with a sunset to remember.
One more bonus: they provided a sandy area – and pails and scoops – near the tables for children to enjoy. Sophia and Clare were quite content to play for a bit and let us linger over our meal and enjoy the live music…until they spotted the fritters, that is. Later that night, after the girls were ready for bed, I spied Sophia reading a bedtime story to Clare from the “Chocolate Bible.” A fitting end to our day.