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 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!
Harborcove Seafood Bar Grill & Sushi
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!
Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
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
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.
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!