Port St Lucie area restaurants
We are planning a trip to Hutchinson Island later this summer. We have never ventured quite this far north, Singer Island is as north as we have gone before. We are looking for a good steamed crab place (like the Crab House in Lantana), local (non-tourist-y) hang outs, and generally good local resaurants featuring local ingredients. Thanks.
There was quite a bit of discussion on the Treasure Coast a few months ago.
Take a look at recent posts about PSL, Jensen Beach, Stuart and Palm City to see what sounds good to you, then let us know what you're thinking. (Some businesses moved/closed after the 2004 hurricanes.)
As for the beach, our favorite beach on earth is Bathrub Reef, all the way at the southern tip of Hutchinson Island. If you catch the tide just right, it's 2-feet-deep for hundreds of yards, with a lovely sand bar that's perfect for babies.
Dolphin Bar in Jensen Beach sort of meets your parameters, and it is conveniently located for you.
Conchy Joes is a neat hang out, they have a Reggae band every afternoon, but don't go there for the food.
DO GO to Jan's Place in Jensen beach for either breakfast or lunch. You can share one item between 2 or 3 people, the food is excellent. They wont say how many eggs are in the omelet, at least 5. Some really good salads too, and all reasonably priced. Mary's in Jensen Beach is very good for breakfast or lunch too, but her hours are hit or miss, especially this time of year. Both Jans and Mary's bake their breads fresh. Jan has incredible desserts too.
Fredgies Hot Dog wagon in the parking lot of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle Shop in Jensen Beach has great dogs and burgers
Prawnbroker has a great bar and decent food that won't break the bank, Renato's is really excellent Italian, and Harbour Bay Gourmet has very good food service as well as wine and cheese by the package, and they all in the same shopping center in Sewell's Point just before you cross the causeway to go to Hutchinson Isl.
Not much to offer on Hutchinson Island proper. There are some popular dives on A1A all the way up at Ft Pierce, right at the inlet. In general, Fort Pierce is a dive sort of town. I avoid it for the most part.
Sarge's inspired me to spout off. (It's been a few years since I lived there.)
Oh man, the omelettes at Jan's Place are out of this world. One I had was as big as my shoe. Baked goods were insane too.
For hot dogs, we love Frank N Stein's, a divey Sabrett-and-draft-beer place next to the railroad tracks, in Jensen Beach just behind the Roosevelt Bridge. 395 NW Dixie Highway (well technically that's in Stuart but it's the north side of the river)
Take the Stuart causeway from HI, past prawnbrokers to the mainland. On your right on Ocean Blvd is Carmela, excellent pizza and Italian dishes, also a wine bar with separate menu. NO PLASTIC.
In another plaza on the right is a good sit-down Chinese place, Peking something. On the left is Stuart Fine Foods, an independent grocer with fantastic wine selection, craft beers, cheese, Dietz and Watson roast beer, huge salad/soup bar. . .
Take Monterey over the bridge to Palm City (becomes Martin Downs Blvd) and in a plaza on the north side next to Walgreens is Bistro Madeleine, awesome French diner-style food. Brie on everything! There's also a PSL location but I haven't tried that one. Last I heard the owner's in prison (not a food-related charge) so I don't know what quality control is like up there. The PC location's much more established tho.
Well, we just got back from our trip on Hutchinson Island. What a beautiful place this was! We enjoyed ourselves tremendously. We did go to Jan's place - thanks for the recommendation. Not being an omlet fan, we shared eggs benedict and blueberry pancakes - absolutely wonderful. And the omlettes by the way are 8-10 eggs, depending on the chef. Sad news, their last day in Jensen is Sept 4, they are moving to Ft. Pierce.
Conchy Joes, to our disappointment, was closed for remodeling. Scheduled to open mid-September. But Wahoo's under the Highway 1 causeway was open and had great music, drinks and food. Dolphin Bar had good food, service and atmosphere.
We also tried a couple of others- Crawdaddy's in Jensen was great - music every Thurs - Sun, best clam chowder I ever ate. Mulligan's seafood was really laid back and had great appetizers. On the Island there was a little pizza/burger joint, can't remember the exact name, Seaway or Seabreeze - a dive with really good pizza and really cold beer. Of course we had to drive a bit to go to 2 of our all-time PB favorites, Capt Charlies Reef Grill (if you go, get the whole Bohemian style yellow tail, it's to die for) and Riggins Crab House, we needed those jumbo blue crabs!
Thanks for all the recommendations. We know our way around now and plan to go back again next year. It's a great area, lots of fun in the sun, good restaurants and fun people.