Restaurants - love 'em or hate'em

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Last updated: Thursday, October 8, 2009 7:54 PM

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Harry and the Natives - Dave Bigler thinks it is worth the travel to Hobe Sound! Funky atmosphere, great tee shirts and fabulous breakfasts and lunch menu. Dinner Tuesday - Saturday. Call 772-546-3061.

Web site: Harry and the Natives

On Friday night, the Blakeleys, Bergs, Bill and I went to a lovely place, "Gusto's", in downtown Stuart. It's a very upscale Italian restaurant, which means, in my book, no pizza, reservations only, and a wonderful Italian wait staff. The food and wines were excellent, the place very busy, service superb.
Really, you all should try this place and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did, and we'll go back again and again! My only objection was that it is quite noisy, and not conducive for intimate conversation. The china, silver, and wine glasses are wonderful too! Go, go, go!!!!!! Barbara Flinn

Gusto of Stuart, Inc., (772-287-3334)

301 Colorado Avenue, Stuart, Fl.

Mike and Rosemary Mazur - Topanga - in Regency Square (US 1 and Monterey area) Great food, nice atmosphere

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Seafood: Ian's Tropical Grill, 927 N. US 1 in Ft. Pierce, 595-5535, wonderful sauces
and nice wine list. They are also coming to Rio with the same menu.

Theo Thudpucker's, 2025 Seaway Dr. in Ft. Pierce Beach, 465=1078, great for oysters, try the combination stew (oysters & clams) and
Dirty Oysters. Not much on atmosphere, unless you like bars.

Chuck's, 822 Seaway Dr. in Ft. Pierce Beach, 461-9484, butterflied shrimp
is the speciality, but they also have fresh catches daily.

Continental: Le Brittany, 899-A Prima Vista, PSL., 871-2231, Chef is French.
He usually has some country dishes on the menu.

Eurasian: Topanga, Regency Square, Stuart, 223-2000, beautiful presentations.

Atmosphere: 11 Maple, 3177 Maple, Jensen Beach, 334-7714, in an old house,
a little expensive, try the venison filet.

Steamer's Lounge, 2265 N.E. Dixie Hwy., Jensen Beach, 232-1700,
also a bar but the mussels are exceptional.

Bare Bones Grill, 4814 S.E. Dixie, Port Salerno, 286-3535, Great crabcakes

Thai: Thep Thai Restaurant, Regency Square, Stuart, 220-4998,
wonderful flavors, try the Thai iced tea.

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Recommendations from Dave and Carolyn Bigler

They come and go – so check them out and make notes that we can use to update the book.


Surf Side (Used to be called Brock’s) - great pizza (they used to deliver – call to confirm) and other stuff including good burgers. Just l.3 miles south – informal. Phone: 229 9885
10545 S. Ocean Drive – cash only. (Beer & wine only.)

The Landing – in Nettles island - menu in this book
Informal – Closed Monday. Phone 229-0246 (Beer & wine only.)

Villa Parma (Used to be Ruffino’s) – Italian – 2 miles south, across from Courtyard by Marriott and next door to J. J. Plums – we haven’t tried it yet as it just opened in December 2001. Phone used to be 229-9630. (Friends say “only fair” – menu in this book.)

Schucker’s – just down the road – you can walk there on the beach. Very informal, 9800 S. Ocean Drive (Q-1-A) - great for lunch out on the ocean bar. Also, awesome buffalo shrimp. 229-1224 (Under new ownership fall of 2003. Good food and they take reservations for 8 persons or more.)

Holiday Inn – down the road at 3793 N.E. Ocean Drive (The name of the road and numbering system changes at the county line into Martin County.) Currents Café – breakfast, lunch or dinner – has always been good. Their Early Bird Specials can be ordered up to 7 PM, which is unusual for this area. Most Early Birds end at 5:30 or 6 PM. 225-3000

Fairways – just north on A-1-A across from Island Dune Condos. Not a favorite. OK For lunch. 8735 S. Ocean Drive. Card and map in this book.

J. J. Plums – on the island at 10999 S. Ocean Drive – in same strip mall as the Post Office. Very small and informal, breakfast and lunch only. Cash only. We usually go there for breakfast on our first morning here and then go to Publix to stock up. Good pancakes and stuff for kids in your party. We like it.

Copacabanas – next to Eckerd Drug store. Used to be Café Coconuts and was a fun place. They have reopened in 2002. 232-2672 – they take reservations.



Bare Bones – see ad in this book – great crab cakes, ribs, etc. Casual – 286-3535.

Shrimpers – on the water, look at the boats, informal, outside on decks. Good lunch spot. 4905 Dixie Hwy (A-1-A). About 30 minute drive south from here. Owned by the same people that own the Prawnbroker. Great Grouper Rueben. Menu in this book. One of our favorites. Reservations for 6 or more.

Pirates Cove – just up a notch from Bare Bones and Shrimpers off of A-1-A. outside casual dining – lots of boats around.


Prawnbroker – Harbour Bay Plaza, 3754 SE Ocean Blvd. Very nice, fun place – good Grouper Reuben and seafood. 288-1222
Some nice shops in this plaza. At the other end of the plaza, there is a cute deli called Harbour Bay Gourmet that serves sandwiches inside or outside. Very nice. Menu in this book.

Harbor Bay Gourmet – can eat outside – fun place. In Harbor Bay Plaza (see above.)

Renato’s – in Harbor Bay Plaza – we had a great lunch outside there on March 8, 2004.

Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House, nice, moderately expensive, opened June, 2000. For many years, it was Frances Langford’s restaurant and we liked it a lot. On the Indian River with a small marina there that houses, among others, France’s and her late husband’s boat, The Chanticleer. He was Ralph Evinrude, the inventor of the outboard motor. 781-5136. (Our daughter Lynn and her family like this one a lot.)

Benihana – 286-0740 – just before the new bridge in Sewall’s Point on north side of the road. See newspaper write-up – August 2003.


New England Fish Market – good fresh fish to buy
Informal - 1419 NE Jensen Beach Blvd. 334 7324

Wahoo’s on the Waterfront – just off the state route 707 at the Roosevelt Bridge - can eat outside, moderately expensive, bar grub. 692 2333

11 Maple Street – 3224 Maple St., Jensen Beach – Expensive and we have not found it to our liking but others think it is good. 334-7714

Crawdaddies New Orleans Bar and Grill – right in downtown Jensen Beach, on Jensen Beach Blvd. – good, relaxed. Cajun cuisine.

Mulligans - downtown Jensen Beach, on the corner. New in 2002. OK for breakfast and lunch. Lots of noise, traffic, etc.

Dena’s Café – new in ’99 - informal, on the water
Breakfast and lunch only. On Indian River Drive just south of Conchy Joe’s.

Peter’s Steakhouse – downtown Jensen Beach, new in ’99 expensive. Beer and wine only.

Conchy Joe’s - Fun place, especially for lunch. Good Conch Chowder and seafood. They are open for dinner – no reservations. It backs onto the river, just North of the Jensen Beach causeway. (No air conditioning in the summer – too hot.)

Jack Baker’s Lobster Shanty – map in phone book. 334-6400 – we are not particularly fond of this one but many others think it is great.

Regatta Grill – new in 2004 – we have not been. On Indian River Drive just south of Jensen Beach. On the river. We have not been.

Steamers – good mussels, local bar, nothing fancy. 2277 NE Dixie Hwy., Rio, Jensen Beach. Map on the card in this book.


Black Marlin – downtown – good food and drink. 286-3126

Dockside – 131 SW Flagler Ave. – 219-3625. Right on the river, pricey but nice.

The Ashley – just a few doors up from Black Marlin. Good food, expensive – 61 SW Osceola on the corner.

Flagler Grill – 47 S W Flagler – 221-9517 – very nice.

Adam’s Place – in the Post Office Arcade. New in 2003 – nice, expensive – see ad – 219-4446


Carraba’s Italian Grill – chain – 2700 SE Federal Hwy.

Courtine’s – up scale, they take reservations, very good food. ½ mile North of old Roosevelt Bridge – 514 N. Dixie Highway. 692-3663 – a bit hard to find – see map.

Don Romanos (Cuban food – new winter 2000) 2220 E. Ocean Blvd. We have not been.

Hop’s – a chain, microbrewery, good steaks. Informal, on US 1 in Stuart.

Plaza Café – 3168 SE Dixie Hwy. – A-1-A – small, good food, informal, beer and wine only. It looks terrible outside, like a place you wouldn’t go into but the food is fantastic.

Too Jay’s – good deli sandwiches – Regency Square – 2504 SE Federal Highway.

Topanga’s – in Regency Square (US 1 and Monterey area) – good food, dancing, a little pricey but pretty good value for money. Next to Too Jays. Reservations are available.

Chantals – in Cedar Point Plaza – 2517 SE Ocean Blvd. 286-1988 – beer and wine only but good food.


Courtyard Grill – Hobe Sound – 11970 S. E. Dixie Highway (Rte. A1A) Phone 546-2900. Cute place, cute shops on either side of restaurant.

Harry & The Natives – crazy little bar with cute things on the menus. Federal Hwy. just south of Bridge Road. Closed Monday, cash only. Breakfast or lunch.


The Crab House – 1000 N. US #1- big, informal, right on the Jupiter Inlet water way. Used to be Harpoon Louie’s.

Jetty’s – very nice – on the water at the Jupiter Inlet – next to the Crab House. Dinner only. Opens at 5 PM daily. 1075 A-1-A North. 561-743-8166. It is about a 45 minute driver from the condo. Good view of the Jupiter Lighthouse. (Across the parking lot from The Crab House.)


Mangrove Mattie’s – 1640 Seaway Drive (A-1-A) - still out on the island – take A-1-A north from the condo and you will go right past it coming into Ft. Pierce. It is right on the Ft. Pierce Inlet waterway. 466-1044. (About a 20 minute drive.)

Ian’s Tropical Grill – Opened in 2001 by the former chef at the Black Onion in Vero Beach. Beer and wine only and the food was good the one time we went. 927 N. US #1 (Between A-1A from Hutchinson Island and A-1-A back out to North Hutchinson Island on the west side of US #1. Phone 561-595-5950. They take reservations.

Harbor Cove – next to the Marina. Small, informal, no air conditioning. 772-429-5303.


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