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New Restaurants in Indian River County – May 2022

If you are just joining us on this 2-part article series, CLICK HERE to read part 1 first, then click on the link at the bottom of part 1 to come back here and read part 2.

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Now let’s dive right into part 2 and check out these new places and see what I had to eat!

Kitty’s Cuisine – Vero Beach, FL

Front Entrance – No Sign
Dining Room – Front Entrance is in the back right of the photo down the hallway
Braised Virginia Rabbit Fricassee – Shitake Mushroom Ragout, Toasted Walnuts, Chili Flakes, Chevre, Egg Noodles
Pineapple Mango Upside Down Cake

As the pandemic hit, one of its unfortunate restaurant victims was Kitty’s previous restaurant, Blue Star. From what I hear, it briefly re-opened, but then closed once again. Vero has been waiting for this chef to find a new home and open once again so they can taste her delectable cuisine. I heard a few weeks ago that she was back at a new location in Royal Palm Pointe. I stopped by one evening and had a hard time finding it because there was no signage. You could see lights on inside, so I pulled on the door handle, and it opened, so I went in. I spoke with the chef briefly after trying the dishes above, and she wants to focus on the restaurant and the food she is creating, and not worry so much about social media, websites, reservations, or even a phone number. She is bucking the trend and going old school. I visited on a Wednesday night, and for not having any of these things, the restaurant was busy. Only time will tell if not being digital helps or hurts this place.

Kitty Wagner’s
Address: 48 Royal Palm Pointe, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 5pm – till ???


Sunset Island – Vero Beach, FL

Front Entrance
Dining Room
From Left to Right: Vero Bowl topped with almond butter, and the Peanut Island smoothie

A husband & wife team, George and Jelena decided to open Sunset Island so they could share their passion of serving healthy food to the local Vero Beach community. They are located off of 15th Place next to Hurricane Grill & Wings’s new location. I stopped by one afternoon to check out a few items and they were beyond fresh and quite tasty too! They first opened back in June of 2021 and business has been steadily growing. What else can you find here? They have build your own bowls, smoothies, crepes, and popsicles too!

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Sunset Island
Address: 927 15th Pl, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 217-8375
https://order.tapmango.com/merchant/bbc70ad9-bcc6-41a8-af0e-8a62212f3d7f/order/catalog


The Grill at CW Willis Family Farm – Vero Beach, FL

Front Entrance
Outdoor Covered Patio
Pancake Tacos – Two buttermilk pancakes stuffed with your choice of bacon, sausage, ham, with scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese
Classic Cheeseburger with Waffle Fries – All Beef Angus Burger topped with your choice of cheese, green leaf lettuce, red onion, and tomato on a toasted bun

The Willis family got started about 20 years ago in the citrus industry, but as we all know, with the hurricanes and greening disease, it’s beginning to dwindle here in Florida. While they still do own a few citrus farms, they’ve shifted their focus to being more of a landscaping and maintenance company. As the business began to grow, they looked for a location to open a garden center, which now resides on 9th St SW (Oslo Road). With the families love of food and cooking, they decided to open a restaurant and try to source as many local ingredients as possible. With the addition of an upcoming open-air market / produce stand currently in the works, it will give them even more local products to serve their customers with these two new additions that are desperately needed on the SW side of town.

CW Willis Family Farms
Address: 3700 9th St SW, Vero Beach, FL 32968
Phone: (772) 770-5970
https://www.cwwillisfamilyfarms.com/grill-home

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The Oar – Vero Beach, FL

Courtyard Front Entrance
Dining Room
Grilled Octopus – Served over Arugula tossed with grape tomatoes, olives, capers, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil
Pan Roasted Pork Chop – Over sweet potato puree with grilled asparagus topped with pear chutney and toasted almonds

If the name Chef Chris Lawrance sounds familiar, it’s because he was the previous owner of Smokehouse BBQ off of US Hwy 1, where Cafe 66 now resides. At the time he opened that restaurant almost 7 years ago, BBQ was the hot trend of the time, but he never forgot about his passion for fine dining. He had been eyeing the old Bistro Fourchette location for about the past 2 years and decided to officially take the leap and open in August 2021. The space has been nicely renovated and feels quite comfortable. The menu has plenty of wonderful options to choose from. So, what’s behind the name “The Oar”? Growing up in Cape Cod, he and his dad would sail the smaller lakes, where no motors were allowed, so they were always using an “Oar” to row the boat.

The Oar Restaurant
Address: 1309 19th Pl, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 226-7155
https://theoarrestaurant.com/

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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 9 years and I’m very passionate about finding “Holy Grail” dishes and supporting local mom-and-pop and one of a kind restaurants! I’ve reviewed over 300 local restaurants in the last 9 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 4,000 photos that have been viewed over 90 million times. My foodie following is over 125,000 strong on the Treasure Coast and my Foodie dining experience events are some of the Top Culinary experiences on the Treasure Coast!

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