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Mar 6, 2008 12:14 PM

Port St. Lucie recs

I'll be spending a few days in mid-March in Port St. Lucie for a few Mets spring training games. Can anyone recommend any family-friendly chow-worthy places nearby. We'd like to avoid the chains and fast food, and we're open to pretty much any cuisine.



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  1. Cafe Creme is a family frendly german restaurant on the corner or Port St. Lucie Blvd and Westmorland, also has a great breakfast menu. If you're looking for something on the beach The Breakers hotel on Jensen Beach has a great location and good food lunch/dinner. Conchy Joes on US1 is also good for local seafood. If you don't mind a 15 minute drive I'd reccommend a restaurant in Stuart Fl called The Flagler Grill it's fancier than the ones I've mentioned but I've always had great service there and excellent food.

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    1. re: rwmega

      I'm not familiar with Cafe Creme, but in good conscience I must steer you away from Flagler Grill in Stuart (mediocre-way overpriced) and Conchy Joe's (good entertainment and drinks-lousy food, not exactly a family place-more of a bar with dancing and not appropriate for kids).

      I have lived in Jensen Beach for 8 years and I have never heard of the Breakers Hotel???????????

      PSL is sort of a wasteland for good food, but Stuart is near enough. Try TooJays for deli food, Don ramon for cuban. If you are staying near the stadium, try Palm City Grill, it's not fantastic but it's pretty good, also try Sam Snead's Tavern at PGA Village. These are very convenient to the stadium, and you won't be unhappy. Bistro Madeleine would also work for you, and it's nearby the stadium as well

    2. I can recommend Riverwalk Cafe & Oyster Bar in Stuart. It's in the "historic downtown" area and the crabcakes are very good. It's behind The Ashley and is a small restaurant with entrees in the $20 to $30 range. Another rec is Osceola Street Cafe in the same district, but I have never been. My brother has lived in Stuart for 15 years and has frequented both of these places quite often.

      Both Toojays Deli and Don Ramon Cuban are chains.

      Maybe someone else can comment on these two Stuart restos that I mentioned.

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      1. re: freakerdude

        Don Ramon is a chain? Does 6 locations in two counties make a place a chain?

      2. Unfortunately chains dominate the market down here but there are a few hidden gems to try. One is Red Ginger Asian Bistro. They have excellent pad thai. And it's two seconds from the stadium. Another one is called Arthur's Dockside in Stuart. It's a little expensive but the view is amazing and the food was great!

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        1. re: Danielle11

          Again, this reply is not timely but I'm responding for the benefit of future searches. I used this thread in finding candidates for dinner in PSL last night, and for various reasons we ended up at Red Ginger Asian Bistro. I cannot recommend it, service was slow and very sloppy, food was okay but typical americanized, dumbed down for the masses "asian-style" food. A little bit japanese, a little bit thai, a little bit chinese, all thrown together ends up pretty bland and tasting the same. We had to ask for plates when we received our shared appetizer, and we had to ask for plates so we could share the mains (an no serving spoons were provided), beer glasses chipped and lipstick-stained and soapy.. Yeech! Go elsewhere.

          1. re: janniecooks

            I found Red Ginger decent but highly overpriced.

            I feel you're better off going to Spice Thai on Peacock if in the mood for Asian food.

            1. re: janniecooks

              Your about as far off base as you can get - Red Ginger Asian Bistro is one of THE BEST around and they have the following to prove it - I just CAN NOT believe that all of what you said is true - we have been going there for over 2 years now and have yet to have a bad expeience!! Oh, by the way, when I say WE I mean a group of us from PGA anywhere from 8 - 20 people that go no less than once a week.

              1. re: daddyjim

                well to each his own. All of what I said is true because it accurately reflects our experience there and our tastes. Maybe we went on an off night, but I assure you there are better dining experiences elsewhere.

          2. There's a great Vietnamese place just south of US1 and Tiffany (in a plaza with an Aaron's rent to own, Wendy's and a Goodwill). It's a hole in the wall but food is good.
            I haven't been but I've heard good things about a new Indian restaurant also on US1 (not sure of the cross street) called Curry and Merry. Both are in PSL
            In Jensen Beach, there's Peter's steakhouse, which has a Peter Luger style menu. The steak is terrific. In Rio, there's Ian's Tropical Grill, a seafood place with great food and ambience. Courtine's in Stuart is also terrific- continental.

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            1. re: twinmommy

              I know this post is not timely but in the interest of serving future searches, note that Curry n' Merry is under new management , now called Taste of India. We had planned on trying it last night but when we arrived there was not a soul in the place, so we went elsewhere.

            2. You've received good information here....Head to Jensen Beach!!...Which is just minutes away....11 Maple Street in Jensen Beach is 4/5-star dining...and it's right next to Peter's Steakhouse which is also reliable but a bit pricey...Peter's does have a chopped salad that's to die for...CrawDaddy's serves relialbe cajun food and has live entertainment on weekends.....The New England Fish House isn't fancy but they own their own seafood market and they serve outstanding seafood and they have a Mahi Greek Salad that can't be beat ANYWHERE....PSL...generally speaking...and for whatever reason...doesn't have 'great' restaurants per se....That said....In PSL West....The Palm City Grill is very, very reliable....The West End Grill is also quite good.....In Stuart...we like the PrawnBroker.....Monkey King in Stuart (US1) is imaginitive....they serve excellent fish tacos....and they produce home-made beers that are tasty.....The Black Marlin in old, downtown Stuart has a limited menu but is very good as well.....


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              1. re: LargeLife

                I've been to Monkey King and the menu is creative. But their nut crusted fish with berry sauce didn't work for me.

                1. re: freakerdude

                  I'm sorry the nut crusted fish with berry didn't work for you.....We've eaten there three times....and each time was quite good...not spectacular...just quite good....We liked the fish tacos quite a bit...They also had a combination plate that had a filet mignon...a nice piece of grouper...and a fish taco...with cuban dirty rice....and it worked out nicely....The rice was in dire need of salt & pepper but otherwise it was a tasty combination of flavors.....Maybe you go back and try something that's perhaps more 'vanilla'.....I'm not a beer drinker and even liked the beers.....We in Ft. Pierce...and it's a little bit of a hike down to the south end of Stuart....But we liked it....Just because that one dish didn't work for you...that doesn't mean they don't have something else that will.....Kind of not getting lucky on that first date.....


                  1. re: freakerdude

                    I was just out in Florida and was pretty underwhelmed by my fish in almond crust with passion fruit sauce. Sounds like that might be a standard in Florida.