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By Julian Maiucci
Born and raised in Martin County, I’ve always loved where I live, but it wasn’t until I returned home from college that I began to appreciate all of the fantastic food options in and around Stuart. After college, I quickly obtained my real estate license and found myself going out for lunch and dinner with clients quite often. Many of these individuals were from out of town, so they would ask me to choose a location. This allowed me to show off Stuart’s many family-owned and operated restaurants serving high-quality, delicious food. From waterfront dining, fine dining, casual eateries, boutique coffee shops, sushi, and breakfast and brunch spots, Stuart offers dozens of great dining experiences for every pallet and budget. When asked to select a few of my favorites, it was challenging. In addition to the food itself, I believe the entire dining experience from the service, quality, and value all play an essential part. These are just a few of my favorite spots that I visit regularly.
Address: 555 S Colorado Ave #105, Stuart, FL
This is where you will find me eating lunch at least one day a week. Not your typical Asian or Thai restaurant in town. Fresh quality ingredients and amazing flavors are what separates them from the rest. They are in process of expanding their indoor dining to accommodate more tables, which should be open soon, and also offer outdoor covered seating as well. Chef Emman Christopher M. Eugenio is a Certified Pastry Chef and a Certified Culinarian. Together with his family, they migrated to the United States from the Philippines. He has Degrees in Culinary Arts, Restaurant Operation Management, and International Baking and Pastry Arts. He has worked alongside top chefs and also competed in various competitions and was a Lifetime Television’s “All Mixed Up” reality cooking show winner of the 2012 Thanksgiving Holiday Edition and a Grand Champion Winner of the 2013 Battle All Star Edition. His passion for food and cooking is clearly noticeable in his dishes and you can taste the difference. With his experience and knowledge, he now shares his amazing flavors with his own twist specializing in Asian Fusion. “Cooking is my passion… Its a form of art and it should be treated with respect.” – Chef E
Favorites: (photo) Pad Kee Mao Thai Drunken Noodles, Chinese Steamed Dumpling Shumai, Thai Green Curry-chefs favorite.
Address: 600 SE Indian St Suite 5, Stuart, FL
Beautiful location in a brand new building with a spacious outdoor patio for happy hour, dinner, or late-night bites and wine. Top-notch service, quality, and exceptional menu options make this restaurant stand out and create a memorable dining experience from start to finish. Family-owned and operated, Giordano “Giordi” was born in the city of Milan, Italy. He comes from a long line of authentic restaurateurs, and as young as 8 years old, he remembers observing and learning from his family’s businesses.
Giordi’s son Alberto would grow to love the restaurant business, taking after his father, and choosing to follow in his father’s footsteps. With that in mind, the decision to name the restaurant after his father also came as no surprise.
Today, Alberto and Giordi are proudly serving the community of Stuart in South Florida. They look forward to bringing an innovative dining experience to town, and are eager to share their passion for authentic food and wine with their future guests. This is a must-visit destination and worth a trip if you live outside of Stuart! Ask for the Chef’s Table- A special family style and fun dining option for guests at the designated chef’s table, which entails an exclusive 7-course tasting menu experience, with a wine pairing option.
Favorites: (photo) Terra + Mare- Octopus/cuttlefish/cannellini puree/broccoli rabe, Frittura, Tagliolini Giordi.