Foodie Day Trip – Fort Pierce, FL

I’m continuing my “Foodie Day Trip” article series and this time I’m heading to Fort Pierce Florida! In my first article, I started in the Melbourne & Palm Bay areas, and I’m eating my way down the Treasure Coast! In case you missed the last article from my visit to Sebastian, FL, CLICK HERE to catch up on the series.

I live in Vero Beach, so I’m quite familiar with the Fort Pierce area. With over 100 different restaurants to choose from, this article is not a complete list of all the great places, but a few of my personal favorites. Be sure to explore my website for other great restaurant suggestions in the Fort Pierce area!

Now let’s dive right in and see what all these places have to offer and what I had to eat!

Chuck’s Seafood

View of the Back of the Restaurant
Indoor Dining Room
Crabmeat Stuffed Shrimp topped with Hollandaise – The shrimp are topped with a crab stuffing mix, broiled, and then topped with Hollandaise sauce. These were one of the table favorites of the night! The crabmeat stuffing had a good amount of crab in it, and it was seasoned nicely. The Hollandaise sauce was bright and lemony.
Chuck’s Famous Fried Shrimp – As one of the more popular dishes on their menu, we definitely had to try them. They were butterflied, twisted (how do they do that?), and coated with a lightly seasoned breading. They were fried till golden as you can see from the picture above, and the shrimp were cooked perfectly. A side of tartar sauce was served alongside, but we thought cocktail sauce would have been a better option.

Chuck’s is located in Fort Pierce on Seaway Drive and backs up to the Fort Pierce Inlet. Parking was quite plentiful, but they still had a parking lot attendant that provided assistance, which was a nice touch. Upon entry into the restaurant, you step into the main bar, with the hostess stand on right, which was a little hard to see because it was tucked in the corner. The dining room and outdoor patio are up a flight of stairs. The dining room is quite large and had beautiful 180-degree views of the inlet, which was really nice! If you prefer to dine outside, let them know when you make a reservation because they tend to fill up quickly!

Chuck’s Seafood Restaurant
Address822 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949
Phone: (772) 461-9484

Chicken and Waffle at Kinfolk

Front Entrance
Dining Room
Peach Cobbler Waffle
Southern Catfish Breakfast with Cheesy Grits

We recently switched from grocery shopping at Publix to Winn-Dixie on Oslo Road in Vero Beach due to better prices on most items. The store is a bit smaller, and doesn’t have everything we need, so I suggested that we go check out the Winn-Dixie in Lakewood Park. It’s a much larger store with a better selection. In doing so, we discovered this hidden gem of a restaurant and decided to check it out for breakfast before we go shopping. Boy am I glad we did, this place is fantastic! One of the best breakfasts that I’ve had in a long time! Everything was cooked to perfection and had tons of flavor! Chef Willie also came out to check on us during our visit, which is always nice to see owners meeting with their customers. With lots of other great sounding dishes on the menu, we can’t wait to go back again soon!

Chicken and Waffle at Kinfolk
Address: 7319 Indrio Rd Suite 5, Fort Pierce, FL 34951
Phone: (772) 742-8942

Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Dining Room
Garlic Knots – Yes, folks, they were as delicious as they look! They were served warm and had a wonderful garlic parmesan flavor and were soft and fluffy on the inside.
Chicken Marsala

My neighbors (who are of Italian descent) keep telling me that Lorenzo’s is their favorite Italian place in Fort Pierce, so I had to stop by to check it out! While I enjoy “Sunday Gravy” as much as the next guy, I do love Chicken Marsala! This is the one dish that I order quite frequently and is how I judge an Italian restaurant based on how well they execute this dish. The dish should have nice balance of sweet & savory flavors, with a nice earthiness from the mushrooms, and Lorenzo’s delivered on all those points! Portion size was quite large, enough for 2 to split, or take home for leftovers the next day. Be sure to arrive early, the place is quite small and fills up quickly!

Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Address: 222 Orange Ave, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Phone: (772) 460-5445

Pickled Restaurant & Bar

Front Entrance
Dining Room
Shrimp Ceviche Tostada – Red onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, tomato, cilantro. Jason is well known for using Rock Shrimp in a few of his dishes, and this is one of the latest to use them. I really like the way they served it “some assembly required” so the tortillas stay crunchy until you are ready to eat it. The ceviche was flavorful with notes of lime, peppers, and a tiny bit of heat from the jalapeno.
Oven Roasted Half Chicken – Pink peppercorn Au Poivre, baby gem potatoes, grilled heirloom carrots. This smelled SO GOOD when they sat it down in front of me. That is one of the most perfectly roasted and seasoned half chickens I’ve had in a LONG TIME! They cook it fresh when you order it, so be prepared to wait about 38 minutes, but it’s well worth it! It was tender, very juicy, and had a very rich, garlic & herb flavor that is so addicting. I can’t wait to go back and order this again!

Owners Jason and Hallie Alfonso opened Pickled Restaurant & Bar in December of 2020, as their latest restaurant creation. If you’ve been a longtime fan of Chef Jason’s cuisine, then the menu here will be familiar, and you won’t be disappointed. It’s southern inspired with dishes like Fried Green Tomatoes, Shrimp & Grits (featured below), and Chicken & Waffles. Upon entry into the restaurant, the dining room is very spacious as is the ceiling height. It has that semi-industrial chic vibe with the open ceilings and air ducts exposed. One of the main features is the large bar with a TON of comfy bar stools to choose from. If you are in the mood for a drink or a bite to eat a little later in the evening, they are open until 1:00am most evenings.

Pickled Restaurant & Bar
Address201 N 2nd St, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Phone: (772) 448-4239

I’m planning to continue this blog post series and visit a few new areas of the Treasure Coast. I will work my way from North to South, unless you have any suggestions for me? I travel anywhere from Melbourne to West Palm Beach. I’ll be heading to Port St Lucie next, so send me your restaurant recommendations for that area!

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 8 years and I’m very passionate about finding “Holy Grail” dishes and supporting local mom and pop owned restaurants! I’ve reviewed over 300 local restaurants in the last 8 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 3,500 photos that have been viewed over 72 million times. My foodie tribe is over 125,000 strong on the Treasure Coast and my Foodie Meetups and Chef’s Table Dining events are some of the Top Culinary experiences on the Treasure Coast!

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  1. Little italy in Port St. Lucie has great Italian food at reasonable prices. The sauce has a wonderful flavor. Since the new owners this place has become a popular place to eat

    1. I just completed my Foodie Day Trip article for Port St Lucie and it drops on Wed, Nov 9th! I’ll have to check this place out next time I’m in the area!

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