By Julian Maiucci (@stuartfoodie)
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 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.
To see more, follow my Instagram @stuartfoodie as I continue to discover new places to eat and drink while sharing my favorites along the way!
Pepe & Sale
Newer to the Stuart food scene but sure to become a staple, Pepe & Sale serves modern Italian dishes with a focused wine list in a fine dining atmosphere. A bright contemporary setting that is sure to delight your palate. If you’re craving some good-quality pasta, this is the place.
Favorites: Carpaccio di Polpo (photo), Pappardelle di Sottobosco, Branzino al Sale (whole baked salt crusted Mediterranean Sea Bass – deboned tableside).
Innovative and upscale New American dishes are served in this quaint setting located off the beaten path in Downtown Jensen in an old building. A true hidden gem. A perfect place for a date night dinner or special occasion. The Menu at 11 Maple in Downtown Jensen Beach has been described as “inventive” with plates presented as true works of art.
Favorites: Oak Grilled Duck Breast & Duck Leg Confit (Photo), Focaccia Bread, Pan Seared Rare Wahoo Sushi Loin.
Riverwalk Café & Oyster Bar
Located in one of Downtown Stuart’s most historic buildings amid exposed brick, Riverwalk Cafe features an enormous selection of quality wine, the freshest seafood, USDA Prime Center Cut Steak, and a fresh oyster raw bar. A quaint setting with some of the best seafood dishes around. Also, open for lunch.
Favorites: Oysters, Ginger Glazed Wild Scottish Salmon, Grilled Chicken Ciabatta (Photo), 14oz. Double Bone Pork Chop.
District Table & Bar
District Table & Bar serves seasonal New American fare with an open kitchen, raw bar, and full liquor bar. For dinner and a front-row show, grab a seat at the bar and watch the magic happen in the kitchen right in front of your eyes. Enjoy numerous small plates and entrees made with the freshest ingredients. The bar offers many signature cocktails with unique names. Don’t forget to finish your meal with homemade ice creams/sorbets or a French press coffee.
Favorites: Steamed Bun (Photo), Sweet Tea Fried Chicken, District Burger, Prime Teres Major Steak, Grand Marnier Soufflé.
High-end American food in a warm, inviting setting with a casual vibe. It is clear the owners and staff are extremely passionate about their service, food quality, drinks, and hospitality. Open kitchen with split floor plan allows options for more private dining, seating next to the kitchen, or bar/high-tops for a more interactive experience. Full liquor bar featuring several
varieties of martinis and old fashions, as well as many house creations.
Favorites: Smoked Duck Wings, Pistachio Crusted Ahi Tuna (Photo), Southern Style Meatloaf.