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
http://chucks-seafood.com/


Harborcove Seafood Bar Grill & Sushi

View of the restaurant from the Boat Dock
Waterfront High Top Tables and Bar Seating
Mahi Tacos – A double flour tortilla is filled with a cabbage slaw, blackened Mahi fillets, and topped with Pico de Gallo. The slaw was lightly dressed and added a nice crunch, the fish was cooked and seasoned just right, and the French fries were above average.
Chef’s Roll – Shrimp Tempura, Cream Cheese, Spicy Krab topped with Seared Salmon and Spicy Tuna Kobachi, Eel Sauce, Spicy Mayo and Tempura Flakes. This one definitely has a visual “WOW” factor when they brought it out to the table. The “WOW” factor didn’t stop when I took my first bite. This roll has everything I LOVE about sushi, its crunchy, sweet, savory, with just a little bit of heat! This is one of the best sushi rolls I’ve had in a long time!

Located in Fort Pierce at the far end of Safe Harbor Harbortown marina is Harbor Cove Bar Grill & Sushi. Most people stop by places they can easily see from the road, but this one you have to seek out, a local’s place if you will. Even from the entrance, you might think you’ve made a wrong turn since you have to enter through a guarded gate to get in. Pull up to the far-left gate, let the guard know you are there to eat at the restaurant, and you can get right in. Upon entry, the outdoor covered dining room has a large centrally located bar and 180-degree views of the water and marina. High top tables line the deck, and they also have plenty of low top tables that are also close enough to the water that you can still enjoy the view. The newest edition, the sushi bar, is separate from the dining room and has about 14 bar stools. If all sushi bar stools are full, don’t worry, you can still order sushi from any table in the restaurant. Chef Mikko is the new sushi chef, and he is creating some of the tastiest sushi I’ve had in a long time!

Harborcove Seafood Bar Grill & Sushi
Address1930 Harbortown Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34946
Phone: (772) 429-5303
http://harborcovebargrill.com/


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
https://www.orderlorenzositalianrestaurant.com/?utm_source=gbp


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
https://pickledinthefort.com/

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!

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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