Space Coast Daily TGIF Show Highlights Q’s Crackin Crab & Seafood Kitchen, Obloy Family Ranch and Crydermans BBQ
By Space Coast Daily // September 25, 2020
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ABOVE VIDEO: Space Coast Daily TGIF Show – Highlights Live Shows, Q’s Crackin Crab & Seafood Kitchen, Obloy Family Ranch, High School Football, and Mel Fisher’s Treasures .
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Space Coast Daily’s TGIF Show is back for another week, the only show on the Space Coast that highlights upcoming events and entertainment for the weekend and upcoming week.
Q’s Crackin Crab & Seafood Kitchen
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Q’s Crackin’ Crab & Seafood Kitchen, located at 5240 North Atlantic Avenue in Cocoa Beach, is an independently owned and operated restaurant that provides flavorful, soulful delicious seafood, which started with the chefs serving their family and friends.
With beginnings in a small restaurant location, and Q’s Crackin’ Crab & Seafood Kitchen now has their dream spot in world-famous Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Oyster baskets, lobster tail, seafood bowls, Q’s Giant Fish Platters, Rib-Eye Bowls, Krackin King Crab Clusters, garlic-infused lobster tail – and a whole lot more – await you at Crackin Crab in Cocoa Beach 0n Florida’s Space Coast.
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Obloy Family Ranch in Merritt Island
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – From interactive animal encounters to wine tasting – Obloy Family Ranch has something for just about everyone.
After many isolated weeks at home throughout spring and summer, it’s a safe bet many of us are feeling a bit stir crazy.
If you’re looking for something easy, outdoorsy and entertaining to do this summer that keeps you close to home and won’t break the bank, consider heading to North Merritt Island for a visit to Obloy Family Ranch.
From interactive animal encounters to wine tasting – the Ranch has something for just about everyone. Obloy Family Ranch features includes:
■ A fully interactive petting zoo with a big “animal family” of friendly farm, exotic, and rescue animals who love visitors
■ Horseback trails and friendly, well-trained horses visitors can ride
■ VIP animal experience tours
■ Hayrides, tractor rides, train rides & monster truck rides
■ Country Cabin rentals for overnight stays
■ The Obloy Saloon for tasty BBQ & Barn Stall Winery for a wide selection of local wine
■ Full-access, well-stocked freshwater fishing (equipment available for rent, if needed)
■ A mechanical bull & large, outdoor playground
■ A beautiful event barn designed to host all sorts of get-togethers
■ Birthday parties, field trips, weddings and other special events…and lots more
Enjoy the delights of a simpler time, and some good, old-fashioned summer fun at Obloy Family Ranch.
■ Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
■ Website: obloyfamilyranch.com
■ Phone: 321-848-2486
■ Facebook/ Instagram: @ObloyFamilyRanch
The Obloy Family Ranch is located on a historic property in Merritt Island, which dates back to the 1890s when it operated as a navel orange grove and later transitioned to become one of Florida’s first gator ranches.
In 2015, the Obloy family purchased the ranch and helped transform the property into a wildlife sanctuary and farm, adding horseback riding trails, restoring and restocking freshwater ponds, and adding a new event venue, the Barn Stall Winery & Wedding Barn.
“We focus on wildlife preservation and value education on conservation, culture, and history,” said Samantha Skinner.
“We love our animals! They are the best, friendliest and the most unique bunch of furry, scaly, and feathery friends we could ask for. Through a lot of tender loving care given to these animals, they are healthy and capable of giving love while living a stress-free life on the ranch.”
THE OBLOY FAMILY RANCH is located at 165 Gator Drive on Merritt Island. For more information, call 321-848-2486 or email ObloyFamilyRanch@gmail.com
Brevard Cultural Alliance
Cultural events provided courtesy of Brevard Cultural Alliance – visit us at ArtsBrevard.org
American Police Hall of Fame, Titusville, 321-264-0911, APHF.org
Art Gallery of Viera, Viera, ArtGalleryofViera.com
Brevard Museum of History & Natural Science, Cocoa, 321-632-1830, MyFloridaHistory.org/BrevardMuseum
Brevard Zoo, Melbourne, 321-254-WILD, BrevardZoo.org
Eau Gallery, Eau Gallie Arts District, 321-253-5553, EauGallery.com
Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Eau Gallie Arts District, 321-259-8261, FifthAvenueArtGallery.com
Florida Historical Society, Cocoa Village, 321-690-1971, MyFloridaHistory.org
Florida Surf Museum, inside Ron Jon’s Watersports, Cocoa Beach, FloridaSurfMuseum.org
Foosaner Art Museum, Eau Gallie Arts District, FoosanerArtMuseum.org
Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex, Mims, 321-264-6595, HarryHarrietteMoore.org
Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures, Cocoa Beach, 321-783-7300, MuseumofDinosaurs.org
Rossetter House Museum & Gardens, Eau Gallie Arts District, 321-254-9855, RossetterHouseMuseum.org
Strawbridge Art League Gallery, Le Galerie, Downtown Melbourne, 321-952-3070, StrawbridgeArtLeague.org
Studios of Cocoa Beach, Downtown Cocoa Beach, 321-917-5788, StudiosofCocoaBeach.com
The Downtown Gallery, Downtown Titusville, 321-268-0122, TheDowntownGallery.net
Sept 18 & 19: Field Manor’s Paranormal Investigation, Merritt Island, 321-848-0365, FieldManor.org
Sept 11-20: The Pirates Eye, Surfside Players, Cocoa Beach, 321-783-3127, SurfsidePlayers.com
Sept 18- 20: Seussical the Musical Kids – Stars of Tomorrow, Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, 321-636-5050, CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com
Sept 4-27: Beehive, Titusville Playhouse, 321-268-1125, TitusvillePlayhouse.com
Thru Oct 24: Animal Nature: Recent Works by Linda Mitchell, Foosaner Art Museum, Eau Gallie Arts District, 321-674-8916, FoosanerArtMuseum.org
WATCH: Crydermans Barbecue in Cocoa Village and Melbourne is the Purveyor of Fine American BBQ. For more information, call 321-877-0796 or 321-914-0276 or visit crydermansbarbecue.com
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Love wood-fired BBQ? Take a special tour with Space Coast Daily’s Giles Malone through Crydermans Barbecue in Cocoa – a purveyor of fine American BBQ.
There is a reason Cryderman’s Barbecue is ranked by Tripadvisor in the top 10 among the more than 100 eateries in the Space Coast area, and it has to do with salt, pepper, good-quality meats, fire and a lot of patience in the cooking process.
Crydermans Barbecue was founded in 2017 and is a great destination for barbecue that’s both high in quality and rooted in tradition using simple ingredients that produce BIG flavor.
It has been a whirlwind of barbecue for owners Amy and Chad Cryderman, who had done extensive research into the subtle points of the cuisine (translation: eaten a lot of different barbecues across the country) before opening their barbecue joint in 2017 on the site of a former gas station in Cocoa Village.
South Brevard residents are also singing Cryderman’s praises after the restaurant has opened a second location in Melbourne in 2019.
The hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6:30 p.m.
“We traveled to the Carolinas, to Georgia and to Texas to try out barbecue,” said Amy.
In the end, Central Texas took the prize and the couple fashioned their new restaurant’s recipes according to the tried-and-true barbecue style of the Lone Star State.
“The sauce is not big in Texas, so our recipes are not sauce-driven,” explained Amy.
“We offer the sauces, but they are there just to complement the meat.”
The Crydermans spent almost two years tweaking recipes before they felt they had mastered the art with enough proficiency to open their own place.
During this experimental periods, lots and lots of barbecue were consumed by friends and family, as well as by the customers to the catering business the couple had.
“We got some really great feedback, and we finally felt we had had enough practice,” said Amy.
As with all Central Texas barbecue places worth their salt, salt, together with pepper, is a big component in the rub that Cryderman’s depends on to lend the meat its unique flavor.
At Cryderman’s, as it is in those Texas midlands, beef brisket, rubbed with salt and pepper, rules. The Crydermans make it seem easy, but it is not.
“It is one of the most difficult meats to work with, but brisket is the star of our show,” said Amy.
Food, although not necessarily barbecue, has always been an important component for the family.
“I grew up in Florida in a family where Southern cooking is a part of life,” said Amy, who met Northern Michigan native Chad at Grills Riverside.
The couple began dating and dreaming about opening their own place. In less than two years’ time, now they own two. Long gone is the neighbor’s borrowed smoker that Chad once used to experiment with the meats.
“He had a smoker of his own built,” said Amy.
Location was as important as the recipes. The couple fell hard for one of the last of Cocoa Village’s 1930s-era gas stations, but the place went originally to another tenant.
“We were really upset,” said Amy.
Fortunately for Central Brevard barbecue lovers, the Crydermans must have been destined to be there, for the owner contacted them when the original deal fell through. The rest is barbecue history.
Hurricane Matthew provided Chad and Amy with plenty of dock wood and fence pickets to help them create reclaimed hurricane wood seating from the salvage.
“Chad built everything,” said Amy.
There are no frills in this fast-casual eatery.
“The format we used is what is used in Texas,” said Amy. “We wanted to keep it simple, so guests could see exactly what they were getting.”
The family-style dining approach also serves a purpose beyond simplicity.
“You get to meet somebody new,” said Amy. “It’s community-friendly and social.”
When guests comment on the high quality of the meats, as they often do, the Crydermans know they are on the right track.
“We call it hippie meat because we only choose all-natural meats with no growth hormones or antibiotics,” said Amy, referring to the brisket, turkey and Duroc pork that form the bulk of the menu.
All the “ancillaries,” the sauces, the salads and the mac and cheese, are made from scratch, as is the bread pudding.
“That recipe is from my Nana, so it carries big childhood memories for me,” said Amy.
Unlike many barbecues, Cryderman’s specializes in meats by the pound.
“That doesn’t mean you have to get a pound,” said Amy. “You can get as much or as little as you want and create your own platter.”
Prices range from $14.98 to $21 per pound. Sandwiches are also available, with six ounces of the preferred meat served on a freshly baked bun.
The Melbourne location, which opened in April 2019, offers the same menu as its Cocoa Village big sister, but with expanded seating. Both serve beer and wine plus the signature Hawaiian sweet tea and Cheerwine.
“It’s the official drink of the Carolinas,” said Amy. “We have people who visit regularly for the Cheerwine.”
For parties, catering is available in several options. With a minimum order of $100 or five pounds of meat, customers can pre-order their preferences for pick-up. Drop-off catering and full-service catering is just a phone call away.
“There is no catering job too small or too large for us,” said Amy.
Cryderman’s Barbecue rapid rise in the highly competitive restaurant scene reflects its owners’ passion for excellence.
“Nothing in Florida compares,” said a delighted diner.
Cryderman’s Barbecue, with locations at 401 Florida Ave., Cocoa Village, and 401 E. New Haven Ave. in Melbourne, is open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. (or until they sell out, which often happens), from Wednesdays through Saturdays.
For more information, call 321-877-0796 or 321-914-0276 or visit crydermansbarbecue.com
With locations in Cocoa and Melbourne, Crydermans invites the local community to stop by and enjoy some fantastic barbecue in Cocoa. They are located at 401 Florida Ave. in Cocoa and their second location is at 401 East New Haven Ave. in Melbourne.
For more information, visit crydermansbarbecue.com or call 321-877-0796.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Saturday 11 am–6:30 p.m.
Brevard Cultural Alliance
High School Football
ABOVE VIDEO: The Merritt Island Christian Cougars have become the first team in Brevard to start an eight-man football team. Space Coast Daily’s Ron Lighthall caught up with head coach Greg Gage to discuss MICS’ unprecedented 2-0 start.
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA — The Merritt Island Christian Cougars have become the first team in Brevard to start an eight-man football team.
Space Coast Daily’s Ron Lighthall caught up with head coach Greg Gage to discuss MICS’ unprecedented 2-0 start.
Senior Dom Pratt and Junior Nathan Nevad, who both play on offense and defense, commented on how grateful they are to be able to play given the circumstances with the ongoing pandemic.
The undefeated Cougars have outscored their opponents 112-18 in their first two games and will host their first home game on Friday at 7 p.m. against the Harvest Warriors.
Founded in 1977, MICS offers Pre-K through 12th grade and is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools.
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