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Mike in Rhinebeck Mar 18, 2008 03:00 PM

my wife, 16 year old son, and I are heading down to see the Mets play several spring training games in Port St. Lucie over Easter Weekend. We will be staying in Stuart, FL, near Port St. Lucie and Jensen beach. We would appreciate recommendations for informal, inexpensive to moderately priced, dining options, primarily for dinners, as we will likely eat most lunches at the park. Because my son is a picky eater, exotic ethnic choices are out of the question. He/we like seafood, sandwiches, pizza, barbeque, brewpubs, and/or burger joints. We are willing to drive up to 30 minutes in any direction from Port St. Lucie, and we recognize that because of the Easter holiday, we may face some crowds. Thanks!

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    boodie1821 RE: Mike in Rhinebeck Mar 20, 2008 09:08 PM

    the ashley right in downtown stuart is very good, however may be a little fancy for what you described..
    conchy joe's in jensen beach (right by the hutchinson island causeway) would prob be absolutely perfect for you.
    i also recommend the sailfish marina on Singer Island if you are willing to take a short drive south. it is a beautiful place, and the food is great

    1. freakerdude RE: Mike in Rhinebeck Mar 22, 2008 02:34 PM

      The Ashley might be up your alley for dinner. Also, the Monkey King (private owned brew pub), Bono's BBQ (decent food), and Duffy's Sports Grill for good food beyond just your average bar fare. All are in Stuart.

      Please see this thread, as someone asked almost the exact same thing about 2 weeks ago. Go Braves!

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/496472

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        HotMelly RE: freakerdude Mar 22, 2008 02:54 PM

        A kinda fun place where you can be noisy is Conchy Joe's in Jensen Beach.It's on the water and the food is good

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        LargeLife RE: Mike in Rhinebeck Mar 24, 2008 12:22 PM

        The Palm City Grill (PSL West / Publix Shopping Center) is a very solid, reliable choice...Chris' Hurricane is also located in the same shopping plaza...very informal....and their wings there are tasty....The West End Grill just up the street and on the south side) is also a local favorite....

        Monkey King in Stuart (as previously mentioned here) is quite good and we like the Fish Tacos.....Peter's Steakhouse in Jensen Beach is like Peter Luger's in NYC....The New England Fish House on Jensen Beach Boulevard has a great seafood market and restaurant and their Mahi GreeK Salad is unbelievable....For Pizza we recommend Europa Pizza on US1 in PSL...it's outstanding......For sandwiches / wraps....Sebastiano's Italian Deli is awesome....It's located on US1 just south of PSL Boulevard on the east side.....Tropical Smoothies are located all over the place and their smoothies / wraps are reasonably good but a bit pricey......Conchy Joes?....Not so much......

        EMac

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          Mike in Rhinebeck RE: Mike in Rhinebeck Mar 26, 2008 03:36 PM

          thanks for all the replies; here is where we wound up eating dinners:

          Archies's Seabreeze in Ft. Pierce i\on A1A. great atmosphere, as we sat outside during happy hour and drank beer (soda for son), ate burgers and hot wings, and watched the locals and not-so-locals enjoy Fri evening.

          New England Seafood Market in Jensen Beach. as others have posted, this was very fresh and very nicely done at moderate-to-slightly high prices. son had fried clams (his standard seafood fare), wife had a hot lobster roll (lobster was hot and dipped in melted butter as opposed to being mixed with celery and mayo and served cold), and I had Florida grouper steamed in parchment paper with veggies. Excellent and delicious hush puppies with pieces of corn in 'em. a little tight on the seating but comfortable nonetheless.

          Bare Bones Brewery and Grill in Stuart on Dixie Highway. apparently this is the second outpost of a brewpub that started in Maryland; unfortunately, beer is not brewed at this location. had a great Belgian wheat beer, however, so all was not lost. Son has a humongous rack of baby back ribs, wife had a large salad with grilled chicken, and I had tempura-battered dolphin fish. service was outstanding, as were the coconut cream pie and snickers cheesecake desserts.

          Duffy's Sports Bar & Grill in West Palm Beach - we hit this on the way back to our hotel in Stuart from the Mets-Orioles game in Ft. Lauderdale. standard sports bar fare, although with several seafood items. son had a BBQ bacon cheeseburger, while wife and I had specials" she got the skewers of 20 grilled shrimp while I got grilled ahi tuna with grilled zucchini and slaw. not bad for a chain and we got to watch NCAA women's tourney as well.

          ball game fare was OK - the best variety was at Tradition Field (Mets), whereas Ft. Lauderdale Stadium (Orioles) was fairly standard. Roger Dean Stadium (Cardinals) has good variety but also is adjacent to several restaurants if you want to chow down prior to the game.

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            freakerdude RE: Mike in Rhinebeck Mar 26, 2008 06:53 PM

            It's always good to hear reports from recs visited on here. Most ppl don't bother and I'd like to see more rec reports from those who go.

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              Danielle11 RE: freakerdude Mar 27, 2008 11:05 AM

              I totally agree! I recently moved to Florida and I love it. This website has been a huge help in locating great recs. Especially hidden jems that out of towners would have had no idea existed

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              Egregious RE: Mike in Rhinebeck Feb 16, 2009 06:19 AM

              Four of us went to Archie's Seabreeze on a Wednesday night in February 2009. It's a funky place, crowded, beachy, and pretty much open-air. Since it's open air, smoking is everywhere, so we ate outdoors to get ventilation. My friend is diabetic, and took his reading and gave himself an insulin shot in the car before going inside.

              We ordered drinks, which came right away. We ordered burgers and chili, which came about an hour and a half later. In the meantime, we asked for and got onion rings, then french fries, to keep us from starving and to keep my friend from having a diabetes problem.

              We asked the waitress why the extra-long wait for food. Well, she told us they had brand new cooks, and they couldn't keep up the pace, and the owner was in the kitchen screaming at them. We should have walked out at that point.

              Finally, the food came. It was adequate. Not worth the wait. The burgers were ordinary. The sweet potato fries were tasty. The chili was pretty bland -- meaty, with beans, but no heat to speak of.

              It is very unlikely that we'll return.

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                LargeLife RE: Egregious Feb 16, 2009 07:39 AM

                Apparently they were having a tough day at Archies. I've been there dozens of times and with solid successes. Hopefully things get ironed out. Hopefully you'll give them a second chance. But if you don't that's cool too....

                Emac

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                  flavrmeistr RE: LargeLife Mar 4, 2009 09:33 AM

                  Times have sure changed. Back when Archie Summerlin was still alive, Archie's was only known for two things--beer and the occasional stomping. They did have smoked fish dip, chips and pickled sausages, though.

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              moegreen RE: Mike in Rhinebeck Feb 28, 2009 01:54 PM

              For a great bang for the buck try FINZ in Stuart's happy hour from 3-6 Mon-Sat. 1/2 price appetizers like the fish dip, fried calamar and mussels. Delicious crab balls (better than crab cakes) for $2 a pop and raw local oysters for $1 each at the happy hour. On the water and great for boaters pulling in. Very casual.

              Crawdaddy's in Jensen has the best (and maybe only) Cajun/Creole in the area at the end of Jensen Beach Blvd. The jambalaya and the titular crawdads are winners.

              El Cubanito in a strip mall on Port St Lucie Blvd about two blocks west of US1 is a primo homestylke Cuban joint. Don't leave town without trying this place, Best Cuban I've had in Florida. The lechon pork and marinated chicken are worldbeater.

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                sarge RE: moegreen Mar 1, 2009 05:55 AM

                I stopped in El Cubanito about a month ago for lunch. I was impressed. Good empanadas. The cafe con leche is pre-sweetened

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                  LargeLife RE: sarge Mar 1, 2009 02:00 PM

                  CrawDaddy's really has good food and fun atmosphere....Unfortunately it's a place that's very, very popular...especially during "the season"....and there is a tendency by the wait staff and the hostesses to really not give a damn whether you ever come back....because they're that busy....and that popular....and they're level of service...attentiveness....and respect is reflected in that belief.....When I pass by there in the dead of summer....and it's dead empty....I sometimes thing....they should have treated me a little better.....but they're in business and kicking butt....

                  Emac

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                    bigb426 RE: LargeLife Oct 1, 2009 08:07 AM

                    Anyone know of a good place for an office party, my company http://www.adgraphics.us is planning a office party and we are looking for A. Good Food and B. Live Music. Anyone can help??

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                moegreen RE: Mike in Rhinebeck Mar 5, 2013 12:17 AM

                Quick update. Back again for what has now become the annual kickoff for the "Mets Bataan Death March" (2013 version 2.0) to survey the participants in this year's upcoming slaughter. (To Fred Wilpon...and the rest of the usual gang of idiots who thought it was a good idea to jettison Dickey...all I can say is "You broke my heart, Fredo. You broke my heart".)

                Rant completed. We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming.

                Immediately following a 4-2 loss to the Braves, we headed to Stuart (about 20 min drive) to check out the AYCE ($9.95)ribs at Cowboy's BBQ on US1. On Mondays and Fridays, you can drown your sorrows on $1 margaritas while ingesting your own weight in darn good baby backs (with 2 sides---jump all over that fried okra, kids). It's the deal of the century...no Groupons necessary. And take care of your waitresses. They're workin' hard to ease the pain you suffered earlier in the day at Digital Domain Park.

                Hit Palm City Grille (Shoppes at PSL West) for lunch. Nice neighborhood place. Their fried grouper sandwich hit the spot.

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                  freakerdude RE: moegreen Mar 5, 2013 06:15 AM

                  If in Stuart, try Carmela's for a really good pizza & other Italian goods

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                    HoosierFoodie RE: freakerdude Mar 5, 2013 09:47 AM

                    Completely agree about Carmela's. New England Seafood in Jensen Beach is consistently good, too.

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