Undiscovered Foodie Treasures in Indian River County – Part 3

This is the final article in a three part series with all of the restaurants featured below from YOUR suggestions! You submitted over 25 different restaurants and I narrowed the list down to the Top 10 most suggested. With over 250 votes cast for your favorites, these restaurants ended up being your Top 3 foodie favorites in Indian River County! I had a blast working on this article series over the last 3 months and I hope you’ve had as much fun reading about it. Now let’s dive right in and see all the amazing dishes I tasted over the past few weeks while creating this article!

Post & Vine – Vero Beach

Front Entrance
Covered Outdoor Patio
Filet Tips – Hand Cut Tenderloin Tips seared and served atop a bed of Rosemary & Thyme Sautéed Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions covered with Bleu Cheese Crumbles then drizzled with Bordelaise
Pretz-Chicken – Pretzel & Bacon Crusted Chicken Cutlets, Topped with Wholegrain Mustard Beurre Blanc served over Mashed Potatoes and Vegetable of the Day
Bourbon BBQ Burger – Topped with Smoked Cheddar, Canadian Bacon, Applewood Smoked Bacon, then Piled High with Onion Straws and their Black Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce

One of 2018’s most highly anticipated restaurant openings was Post & Vine. Co-owners, Bobby Del Campo and Sean Tuohy did an extensive renovation of the old post office building on 14th Ave before opening their doors. With one of the largest outdoor dining spaces in Vero, they are in a very good position when it comes to keeping their customers safe during these difficult times with Covid-19. The menu has gone through subtle changes over the years, but their most popular items like the Asian Sticky wings and the Cheese Goddess Portabella stuffed mushrooms remain. The dishes I tasted on my most recent visit were new and quite tasty! The Pretzel & Bacon crusted chicken is one of my new favorites!

Post & Vine
Address: 1919 14th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 907-5159

The Tides – Vero Beach

Front Entrance
Dining Room
Beet and Butternut Salad – Mixed Greens, Beets, Squash, Barley, Goat Cheese, Pumpkin Seeds, Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
Flash Fried Calamari – Asian Salad, Wasabi Aioli, Ponzu, Roasted Peanuts
Pan Seared Pompano – Roasted Potatoes, Smoked Bacon Tomato Broth, Caponata

The Tides has been a fine dining institution in Vero for nearly two decades. As you walk up to the restaurant, which appears to be an older converted house, you are greeted with lush landscaping and a covered outdoor patio for al fresco dining. On clear nights, they setup additional tables outside under the stars for your dining pleasure. The inside dining room is tastefully decorated and very comfortable. Chef Leanne’s menu features elevated classic new American dishes using only the finest ingredients available. While it may not be so much as “Undiscovered” like the article title states, diners choose this place because they know they will have an exceptional “foodie” experience every time they dine here.

The Tides
Address: 3103 Cardinal Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone: (772) 234-3966

Trattoria Dario – Vero Beach

Street Sign and Front Entrance
Dining Room
Octopus – Tender Grilled Octopus served over Arugula, Cannellini Bean Salad, Cherry Tomatoes, and Dressed with EVOO & Lemon Juice
Spaghetti Carbonara – Tossed in Pancetta, Egg Yolk, Cream & Parmesan Cheese
Cioppino – Sautéed Calamari, Shrimp, Diver Scallops, Mussels, Clams, Cherry Tomatoes, White Wine, EVOO & Light Broth

I was excited to finally try Dario’s since I’ve not had the pleasure of dining here before, so thank you for voting this as one of your top foodie favorites! Located on Ocean Drive near South Beach Park, this area is not as well traveled as it’s northern half, so I think it goes largely unnoticed by vacationers to the area. The interior is gorgeous as you can see from my photo above. The high red booths allow for a more intimate dining experience for you and your guests. They do have a covered outdoor patio if you feel more comfortable dining outside. The menu has a nice selection of classic Italian dishes expertly prepared by Chef Juan, and a few that are out of the ordinary. You need to try the grilled octopus, it was the most tender I’ve ever had!

Trattoria Dario
Address: 1555 Ocean Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone: (772) 231-1818

In case you missed Part 1 & 2, click on the links below to read the previous two articles!

Undiscovered Foodie Treasures in Indian River County – Part 1

Undiscovered Foodie Treasures in Indian River County – Part 2

Written by Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller, aka “The Treasure Coast Foodie” and “The Foodie Guy” is big on organic everything and very particular about his butter. He has reviewed over 250+ local restaurants in the last 6 years! His food photos are devoured by 10’s of thousands each month on his website treasurecoastfoodie.com. As a Google Maps Local Guide, he has submitted over 2,500 photos that have been viewed over 38 million times. His foodie tribe is over 25,000 on the Treasure Coast and his Foodie Meetups & Chef’s Table Dining Experience events are some of the Top Culinary experiences in the area!