Culturally Diverse Restaurants in Indian River County

Food is a very important component of culture because it helps bring people together from all walks of life and connect on a more intimate level with their family and friends. Comfort foods, for example, frequently show who we are and where we come from because they are deeply rooted in tradition, and they help nourish, not only our bodies, but our souls as well. Sharing meals, exchanging recipes, and sharing food photographs are all wonderful ways that food brings people together.

Now let’s dive right in and check out what these culturally diverse restaurants have to offer and what I had to eat!

Crab Stop of Vero Beach

Front Entrance
Dining Room
In this photo: Fried Clam Strips, Fried Oysters, Mrs. BB’s Salad topped with Mahi Mahi, and a Black Cherry Cheesecake
Mayor Robbie Special – 4 clusters of Snow Crab, 10 jumbo shrimp, 1 lb of their famous garlic potatoes, and 2 corn coblets
Left to Right: Crab Stop Owners, Brandy and Ellis Buckner

Owners Ellis & Brandy Buckner opened this place over 6 years ago and business has been booming ever since. Their menu features king crab, snow crab, peel & eat shrimp, scallops, crawfish, fried shrimp, garlic red potatoes, sliced sausage, garlic eggs, all dusted with their secret spice blend, and then lots of garlic butter ladled over the top. When they bring your order to the table, the aroma of the garlic butter is intoxicating! Be sure to wear your “crab eat’n” clothes, this is a full contact sport and it’s gonna get messy!

Crab Stop of Vero Beach
Address: 89 Royal Palm Pointe, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 257-5221
https://crabstoptc.com/


Mo-Bay Grill – Sebastian, FL

Front Entrance – (Photo Credit to Mo-Bay Grill)
Dining Room
Parmesan Crusted Haddock – Served over Lemon Butter Angel Hair Pasta
Blackened Sea Scallops with a Sweet Plantain Butter Sauce
Left to Right: Thomas Miller and Chef Wesley Campbell at the 2019 Golden Fork Awards Ceremony

Owner and Executive Chef Wesley Campbell has created a very diverse menu with an influence on Caribbean and Jamaican flavors. He uses only the freshest spices to create the perfect balance of sweet and spicy in his dishes. His menu also features international cuisine so there is something on the menu for just about everyone. The atmosphere is very laid-back with an island vibe and murals on the wall of life in Jamaica and the Caribbean. You can find Chef Wesley in the dining room nightly greeting his customers, making sure they have an exceptional dining experience.

Mo-Bay Grill
Address1401 Indian River Dr, Sebastian, FL 32958
Phone: (772) 589-4223
https://mobaygrill.com/


Phatz Chicken Shack – Vero Beach, FL

Front Entrance (Photo Credit to Phatz)
Lemon Pepper Wings with Dirty Rice
Mac Attack Burger with Tator Tots
Phatz Chicken Shack Co-Owner, Tessa Adams

Phatz Chicken Shack originally started in Fort Pierce, FL. After much success at that location, co-owner Tessa Adams decided to expand to Vero Beach with a second location in the fall of 2017. Their first location was originally at 43rd and 60th, but they quickly outgrew that location and moved into the old Hurricanes location right off US Hwy 1. I’ve had the pleasure of dining here a few times and I’m a big fan of their burgers and wings. In fact, their classic Chubby Burger made it to my list of the Best Burgers on the Treasure Coast! With a menu that includes chicken & waffles, fried shrimp, chicken wings, burgers (greedy style), hot dogs, milk shakes, dirty rice, and French fries, they definitely have something for everyone!

Phatz Chick n Shack
Address: 1555 US-1 #104, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 925-0336
https://phateatz.com/


Zafè’m Caribbean Restaurant

Front Entrance
Dining Room
Fried Pork, Red Beans & Rice, Spicy Coleslaw, Gravy for the Rice, and a Tostones
Fried Red Snapper, Djon-Djon Rice, Spicy Coleslaw, Gravy for the Rice, and a Tostones
Two of the Four Owners (Left to Right) – Rachelle Jacques and Ena Jaques, Not Pictured Lugens Simeon and Toninio Louissaint

Vero’s newest Caribbean / Haitian inspired restaurant just opened about 7 months ago and is located off of US Hwy 1 on 45th Street, just north of the Cumberland Farms. The name is pronounced “Zaff emm” which means mine, or MY Caribbean restaurant. The owners, recently moved to the area from Tampa to be closer to family who live in Port St Lucie. During my visit I got a chance to try several different items from their menu, which were all quite delicious! I especially loved the fried red snapper and the Haitian coleslaw! It’s made like a traditional coleslaw, but they do add sliced up habanero peppers for a spicy kick!

Zafè’m Caribbean Restaurant
Address: 2190 45th St #105, Vero Beach, FL 32967
Phone: (772) 584-3886
https://zafem-caribbean-restaurant.business.site/

Written by Thomas Miller

My name is Thomas Miller, aka “The Treasure Coast Foodie” and “The Foodie Guy” and now the host and producer of the brand new show called Holy Grail Eats! I’ve been a professional food blogger for the past 7 years and I’m very passionate about finding “Holy Grail” dishes and supporting local mom & pop owned restaurants! I’ve reviewed over 250 local restaurants in the last 7 years and my food photos are devoured by 10’s of thousands each month on my website treasurecoastfoodie.com. As a Google Maps Level 8 Local Guide, I have submitted over 3,000 photos that have been viewed over 50 million times. My foodie tribe is over 125,000 strong on the Treasure Coast and my Foodie Meetups & Chef’s Table Dining events are some of the Top Culinary experiences on the Treasure Coast!

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