On a recent trip to Florida, I had the opportunity to visit four different eating establishments in as many days. The Riverwalk Café and Oyster Bar was undoubtedly the best of the bunch. First, I must say that this area of Florida seems to have an identity crisis. I saw and read it being referred to variously as Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Treasure Coast or Martin County. You can apparently take your pick. In any event, this charming little cafe was just a couple of miles from where I was staying and seemed to be located in downtown Stuart just off the main drag close to the river. Because it was still early evening, we took the time to wander around a little and found that this really is a serene and peaceful little spot. The café is aptly named, since the river walk is just steps away and is a good place to work up an appetite.
Since it was still barely evening, upon enering we had our choice of tables and selected one by an open window looking onto the street. Our hostess/server greeted with that cheery amiability that comes with obviously enjoying one’s station in life. Indeed, I suspect that she was either the owner or manager, and if not, at least comported herself in a way that would have made the real owner proud! 😉
Whilst perusing the wine list, I came across a Château Ste. Michelle Riesling that I first discovered in P.F. Changs in Saddle Neck, New Jersey. It was just as good as I remembered it; So good in fact that later I would go crazy and order a second glass! For a starter, I ordered shrimp cocktail. Not too adventurous, to be sure and not something that I would often select but it turned out that the plump, juicy crustaceans served over cracked ice with a delightfully tangy seafood sauce were a worthy start. Since Mike is not exactly an afficionado of seafood, he abstained. To follow, I opted for the Roasted Maple leaf Duck and Mike picked the Double cut char grilled pork chop (both pictured below)
We were both extremely happy with our selection. My only slight gripe might be that the amount of meat served, (both the entire breast and leg/thigh portion were offered), was too much for me personally, especially given that duck is fairly rich.
Since I seemed to be on a roll, I decided to order dessert, something which is becoming a fairly rare event for me these days. Unfortunately, I can no longer recall exactly what it was that I had but do remember that it was neither stupendous nor horrible. However, overall, this was an extremely pleasant dining experience and one I shall definitely repeat sometime in the future.
Note: Thanks to Garey Ris for pointing out some garbled text in this post which made it pretty hard to read. 🙂
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- Positives: Great location, great ambience, great food.
- Negatives: None!
- Recommendation: Highly recommended..
|Food Quality||****||Very good|
|Overall Rating||****||A ‘must try’|