If you are not familiar with Counter Culture, this restaurant is known for healthy dishes featuring many gluten-free, keto, and Vegan options on their menu. History has shown that a restaurant that serves only these specialty items won’t survive, because there are not enough people in this area to support them. After having opened and operated over 17 different restaurants in 30 years, owners Chef Anthony & Chef Lisa Damiano know this all too well. While they both follow a Vegan diet, the one main thing they learned in culinary school was that you don’t cook for yourself, you cook for your guests. This type of diversity is what has helped keep them in business and thriving too! Summertime is a slow time for many restaurants in the area, but Chef Anthony told me that they are up over 60% from last year from the same time period. They must be doing something right!
Counter Culture is located inside the Boulevard Tennis Club a little bit north in Vero off of Indian River Boulevard. The good thing is you don’t need to be a member to dine here, it’s open to the public! As you enter the tennis club, a parking lot will be on your right-hand side. You can either walk around the perimeter of the main building, or if the door is open, you can walk through the tennis club to get there. They have a large inside dining room with a mix of tables, booths, and high tops. Grab a menu, take a seat, and when you’re ready, head up to the “Counter” to place your order. They will bring your food out to you. If you prefer to dine outside, there are plenty of tables to choose from and all have a great view of the tennis courts, so you can watch the members play as you dine.
During the summer months, we host several cooking classes with both Chef Anthony & Chef Lisa as our instructors! Our next class will be on Fri, Sept 30th, 2022, starting at 6pm! If you would like to learn more about Chef Anthony, scroll to the bottom of this article to check out our video, Chefs of Indian River County video featuring him!
Now let’s dive right in and see what this place has to offer and what I had to eat!