Please Critique my Port St Lucie (& Vicinity) List
It's time for my annual pilgrimage to PSL. You guys were great last year. This year, I've been following you closely and have compiled the following list...please let me know what you think...
Me: Foodie. But likes "food for the people." The first choice should make that clear! I am keen to get some Japanese recommendations, as well as Cuban and Vietnamese. Also, most specifically, I'm flying into Orlando, so a dim sum recommendation in Orlando would be GREAT. (I think I know what you'l recommend, but I just want to double-check.)
OK--so here's what I have on my to-do list...
Fredgies Hot Dog wagon in the parking lot of the Snook Nook Bait and Tackle Shop in Jensen Beach
Prawnbroker in Fort Meyers for seafood.
Crawdaddy's in Jensen Beach for seafood. Particularly the chowder.
Bistro Madeleine in PSL for breakfast.
El Cubanito in PSL. Call ahead for the paella.
Peter's Steak House in Jensen Beach for steaks and a touch of Brooklyn, by way of Austria.
The Flagler Grill in Stuart for a casual but fancy dinner.
Seminole Inn in Indiantown for a nice brunch.
The Black Marlin in Stuart for a casual dinner.
Monkey King in Stuart for local beer! I can't wait. I love local beer.
Ian's Tropical Grill in Jensen Beach for Old Florida and 40% of wine on Thursdays! (Found that tidbit in the Palm Beach Post.)
Delmonico's in PSL. My mom always wants to take me here anyhow. Sweet potato fries, I know.
So that's all I've got. Would love tweaks, replacements, other suggestions, etc. I LOVE local beer and local food. (I think one of the best things about living in England is the emphasis on "eat local." So if you have recs for farmers markets or farm stands or anything market-like, please let me know that too. If you don't want to write an essay on the boards, e-mail via my blog on my About page. You'll find the link to my blog on my profile.)
Cheers, as they say here!
Do not miss Jan's in "downtown" Jensen Beach for breakfast. We spend a week in Stuart every winter and bike to Jan's most mornings. It was out of commission a year or so because of hurricane damage but they reopened in 2006 and it's better than before.
My company owns an estate in Sewall's Point near Stuart (that's why I get to spend a week there each year) and occasionally we have a business meeting there. Several times our group of 10 went to the Flagler Grill but no more; we felt that when you pay $32 for a steak and have to send it back because it was overdone and dry, it's poor value for the money. Good bar, though, one of the best in town.
Thanks for the tip on the Cuban place. Generally we've taken one day out of the six we have and driven to West Palm Beach for our annual Cuban fix. Maybe we'll see the place in PSL instead.
Never had sushi in Stuart because we eat it all the time up in DC and Baltimore.
Finally, Dale's Barbeque in Fort Pierce (Route 1, south end of town) is a MUST unless you are unable to eat pork. This is the real thing, authentic pit-cooked, big ribs, not those silly baby backs, cold beer, beaten-up benches, irreplaceable.
Someone suggested Casa Bella, but I've found that they've gone downhill in the last couple years.
There's a great Vietnamese place in PSL- it's on US1 in a strip mall and is basically a hole in the wall, but it's pretty good. Called Double Dragon.
Courtine's in Stuart is terrific- continental.
The Bistro in a plaza off US1 in Jupiter.
I had Dale's food at a housewarming party and it was pretty terrific- pulled pork and cole slaw.
Jan's is up almost to the Fort Pierce Inlet now, so no biking from Sewalls Point.
The place in Indiantown is quite a distance to go.
I agree that Flagler Grill is over priced and under served, I would second Courtines for a substitute.
Conchy Joe's is a great place but not for the food.
I was also disappointed with Casa Bella a couple of months ago
Pretty solid list overall!....11 Maple Street in Jensen Beach...right next to Peters...is nothing less than outstanding 4/5-star dining....incredible food and presentation...Wine list is a little overdone....but overall excellent....Seminole Inn...Flagler Grill....all very solid....SeaBass at Flagler Grill is always a great choice....CrawDaddy's cajun food is also very, very good...But I do have serious issues with the unprofessional youngsters that decide who gets a table and who doesn't....and they act like they don't need your business...so I no longer give them any.....Did see a mention of Dale's BBQ in Ft. Pierce...we get BBQ sandwiches from there and they're reasonably good for lunch...but hardly to die for....just OK....Conchy Joes...been there 5 or 6 times...food was reasonably good...but service was iffy every time....Chris' Hurricane Bar & Grill is decent for Wings on Jensen Beach Blvd.....
Most of my food experience in FL are further south and east coast (eg WPB, Delray Beach etc) but I've been to the Prawnbroker twice (Ft Meyers) and found a disappointing inconsistency. I noted the post below regarding the chef and do not mean to be arguementative but the first occasion was very good and enhance by the very nice casual bar before dinner. For whatever cause, the second occasion was far less than satisfactory both regarding the food and the server. It has been a long time now and I have no recorded notes as to particulars. None the less, it was a real disappointment and I have not been tempted to return again.
Dale's in Ft Pierce is a gem. The given address doesn't click with my memory, is it a new location (eg Rt 1?)? I remember it being on Okeechobee Rd (sp) but in any case it is the same place I remember and it is worth a visit or even a bit of a drive.
Just wanted to report that I had the fish tacos at Monkey King yesterday and they were pretty darn good. My uncle had a burger stuffed with blue cheese and carmelized onions and he can't stop talking about it. I would go back!
Also checked out a farmstand (Al's?) that was about a 10 minute drive from the Indrio exit on 95. Great OJ.
More to come!
As mentioned Courtine's on Dioxie highway is one of the best in the treasure coast. Also Riverwalk Cafe in old Stuart is a great find. Small menu but everything is Wonderfull. Brickwall is new in town on Ocean Blvd. in the Stracuzzi plaza excellant food and very resonable wine list.
Stay away from Prawnbroker and Black Marlin. As stated owned by the same family very mediocre!
So had an early lunch at Bistro Madeline...it was good. My mother wasn't sure if it was worth the drive though. I had the monte cristo sandwich which everyone raves about, and while tasty and filling, it wasn't to-die-for.
Had lunch today at Hurricane Grill? The wings place. Was pleased with the plumpness of the wings. Also liked the sweet potato fries (paid $1 extra for those). Nothing gourmet, for sure, but good just the same. I would go back here again for a casual lunch or dinner.