Treasure Coast restaurant roundup
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The nationwide ice cream chain opened a new Vero Bespanch locspantion Sept. 3 in Indian River Square. Carvel is known for its handmade ice cream, ice cream cakes and other take-home treats. Featured menu items include the Oreo Cookie Sundae Dasher, a parfait-style sundae with layers of vanilla ice cream, fudge, Oreo cookie crumbles and whipped cream; the Flying Saucers, a classic chocolate cookie and vanilla ice cream sandwich with sprinkles wrapping around the outside; and Fudgie the Whale ice cream cake, vanilla and chocolate ice cream separated with a layer of “Crunchies” and decorated with icing on top. Carvel was the first nationwide franchise ice cream shop, founded by Tom Carvel in 1936. This is the only Indian River County location. There are two more Treasure Coast locations, both in Port St. Lucie.
South Florida Restaurant and Bar
Sophonie Zidor opened the restaurant and bar on Aug. 15, but a grand opening celebration is planned for October. The menu is being finalized. Currently, it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and breakfast is served all day. It also has a bar that serves beer and wine. Breakfast features Southern comfort foods, Caribbean and American breakfast dishes. It has omelets, biscuits and gravy, steak and eggs, pancakes, waffles and corned beef hash. Lunch features cheeseburgers, Philly cheesesteaks, chicken tenders, fish and chips, grilled cheese sandwiches, meatball marinara subs, chili, BLTs and fish sandwiches. Dinner includes a 16-ounce T-bone steak.
That Crepe Place
Longtime Port St. Lucie residents Jeanetta Torres and Rob Kellar wanted to bring a new, eccentric restaurant to the city. That Crepe Place opened in mid-August, serving sweet and savory crepe dishes in addition to espresso, coffee, specialty teas and gelato. The most popular menu items have been the Gimme A Chimi ($15), with beef brisket, gouda cheese, onions, spinach and chimichurri sauce; and the Strawberry Cheesecake ($9), with strawberries, graham crackers and whipped cream. All savory crepe dishes can also be served atop rice or fresh greens instead. That Crepe Place aims to be a classy yet casual place where people can have an affordable but unique meal.
Tina’s Food Shack
Tina Coggins has opened her own restaurant after 22 years working in home management. “I was going to do a food truck, but then I decided to do this because it was a lifelong dream.” Tina’s Food Shack opened Sept. 7 in an industrial area that’s part of a strip plaza between Interstate 95 and Florida’s Turnpike in western Martin County. “It’s kind of like a little deli.” She wanted to provide fresh, home-cooked meals and something different every day to keep it exciting. She posts her daily soup and specials on her Facebook page. The menu always has cold and hot sandwiches, such as Philly cheesesteaks and meatballs subs. It also has fresh bread and lots of salads, including potato, macaroni, chicken and broccoli. “I make all fresh salads every day, and my deviled eggs are to die for.” At the end of October, she plans to expand her breakfast hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day.
Pete’s Supreme Pizza
Father-son duo Peter and Colby Gillich have dreamed of opening a pizzeria together for decades. Pete’s Supreme Pizza, which opened in southern Stuart Sept. 1, serves classic Italian eats including subs, sandwiches, pasta, calzones and more. Pizza pies include traditional cheese; white, with ricotta, mozzarella and garlic; meat, with pepperoni, sausage, meatball and ham; and supreme, with pepperoni, sausage, meatball, ham, onion, green pepper, mushroom and black olives. Pizza dough and sauces are made in-house daily. Prices vary based on size. You can buy pizza by the slice. Other popular menu items include the mango habanero wings, oil and herb garlic knots, buffalo chicken tenders and tiramisu. Peter Gillich has been in the Martin County restaurant industry for nearly 30 years, and hopes Pete’s Supreme Pizza provides a family-oriented atmosphere where customers always feel welcome.
Just south of the Martin County line, a new pizzeria brings its signature “Hot Oil Pizza” to South Florida. Riko’s Pizza, in the Countyline Plaza, uses a spicy homemade oil created with the restaurant’s batch of stinger peppers. Pizza pies include clam; chicken; veggie; and the famous hot oil pizza. The menu includes salad pizzas, in which typical salads, such as Caesar, are made into a pizza pie. It also has alcoholic drinks and oven-baked wings, including hot honey wings.
Mondo Wood Fire Pizza
A Mexican restaurant will be moving into the Stuart location at 950 S.E. Indian St.