Fort Pierce food update
Fort Pierce is a diamond in the rough. Like an old house that needs a rehab; it has good bones. The beaches are fabulous, the inlet and lagoon views, some of the best on the east coast. And one of the only towns on the east coast of Florida that has a lovely, historic downtown situated directly on the water facing the Indian River Lagoon.
I've been inactive on the board too long and I see we don't have a large number of treasure coast 'hounds talking much these days. So here's a basic list for those planning to visit our area: (there's lots more, but I just want to get a start…)
3, count them, 3 thai/sushi restaurants: Bangkok in Downtown for Sushi and Tepanyaki grill (think Benihana); Thai Pepper for fresh rolls and thai; Crazy Fish for local catch sushi. They occasionally have invasive Lionfish on the menu. A real problem in our local waters, so eat up!
Bagels: Bagel Girls. Best bagels in town - they even have home fries and omlettes.
Wine Bar: 121 Tapas on the Water. Nice selection of wines. Small tapas menu. Everything is good.
Specialty Beer: PP Cobb General Store. You would not believe the volume and variety of beer they fit int this tiny space.
12A Buoy: Great semi-dive next to boat ramp making the best seafood in the area.
Farmer's Market: Every Saturday, 8-12, on a beautiful waterfront urban park overlooking the lagoon. Come early. The crowds can be intense as the morning wears on. Live music, every sort of food imaginable.
Great spots outside downtown:
Korean: Seoul Garden On US 1 just south of Virginia Avenue. Bi Bim Bap. Mrs. Yun is a genius. Also carries a small selection of hard to find asian groceries: sriracha, sweet rice, black rice, etc. at reasonable prices.
Cuban: Mervis Cafe: 5th and Citrus Ave. Cuban coffee, cuban sandwich, and a great hodgepodge of a place. You can go for lunch, get some plantains with your black beans and rice, sit cafeteria style in a room with the movers and shakers of the area (lawyers love this place), send your mail at the USPS contract desk opposite the food counter, and pick up some Avon Skin So Soft while you're at it. Oh. And maybe buy a greeting card.
Soul Food: Granny's Kitchen, Avenue D and 9th Street. Don't let the naysayers scare you off. Avenue D is not a big deal. Granny's Kitchen is an institution. In this location since the mid '70's, and Ms. Hassie Russ and her husband still cook every day. Meat and 3. Classic. I love the oxtails. The fried chicken is excellent as well.
So there's a start. I'll post more when I have time...
I have family who live in Ft Pierce and they are HUGE fans of Seoul Garden. The family that run the place are always so gracious and good natured - they go out of their way to ensure their guests are well taken care of.
The family also usually has a spot at the Farmer's Market on Saturday.
I'll be there over the holidays and look forward to trying Mervis Cafe!
Excellent review of some of Fort Piece's hidden gems. As a person born and raised in Ft Pierce, moved away from the area in the 90's to college attend and never returned back to the area, I can attest that Granny's Kitchen has been and still is a staple of the community.
As a foodie for Asian's cuisine, I will be sure to check of those other restaurants mention in your review next time I am back in town visiting the family.