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Dagwood’s 2018 – Restaurant Review

by Thomas Miller – Food Blogger / Restaurant Critic for Vero Vine and Vero Beach Foodie

My next tasting experience takes me back to one of my all-time favorite sandwich shops in Vero, Dagwood’s Deli & Sub Shop!  A lot of people often wonder where a food critic likes to spend their money and go back to after the reviews are over.  Dagwood’s is one of those places for me.  Why is that?  I strongly believe in supporting small business over the corporate guys.  They are working hard to give you the absolute best quality and experience possible because their livelihood depends on it.  I know where my money is going and what it’s helping do.  Not only is it keeping the money right here in Vero, but I also know it’s keeping a roof over their heads and putting shoes on their kid’s feet.  Small businesses like this are run by people just like you and me, and it’s good to see them succeed at something they love to do.    

Parking can be tight in the strip mall and this place is always busy over the short 4 hours that they are open.  Plan to come early or be prepared to fight for a parking spot, but trust me, it’s worth it.  Since my last visit, they recently started staying open till 10:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, so parking does get a little easier later in the day since the other businesses in the strip mall are closed.  As you walk into Dagwood’s, you are greeted by a counter with stools and a dining room to the right with low and high-top tables.  One new thing you will notice is a wonderful selection of local beers that they offer on tap.  After placing your order at the front counter, you will receive your drink and then instructed to take any seat and your sandwich will be delivered to your table.  The atmosphere is nice, with ochre-colored walls and black accents.  Decorations are bold and add a unique vibe to the place.  They have also added a large chalkboard menu on the left wall you can browse while waiting your turn to place your order.

 

Now on to the food!  Let’s jump right in and see what I had to eat!

New York Club – ($6.75 half / $9.99 whole) – New York deli is one of my all-time favorites so I was looking forward to trying their version of it.  A combination of Dagwood’s own house-made pastrami and corned beef is layered with swiss cheese, sauerkraut, spicy mustard, and is served on rye bread.  Can’t make the trip to NY for some of the best delis in the world, stop by Dagwood’s right here in Vero and I’m sure you will fall in love all over again.

Open Face Chicken Club – ($6.75 half / $9.99 whole) – Who knew you could have it made open faced?  This sandwich is made with oven roasted chicken breast, bacon, provolone cheese, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and Dagwood spices. 

The Okeechobee – ($9.99) – As one of Dagwood’s newest creations, I could not wait to try this one!  Roast beef, bacon, cheddar, lettuce & tomato is piled high on white bread and dressed with mayonnaise and bang sauce.  This thing was a monster!  I felt as if I had to unhinge my jaw to take a bite.  Everything worked very well together and you get a little heat on the backend from the bang sauce. 

Vero Beach Classic – ($9.99) – This is also a new sandwich that is not on the menu yet, and I think my new favorite!  Chicken, roast beef, swiss cheese, bacon, avocado, peppercorn, parmesan, lettuce & tomato, Dagwood spices, piled high on garlic toast.

BBQ Sub – ($6.75) – Man, doesn’t that look good?  It’s made simply with pulled chicken, BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, on a sub bun.  While it may sound simple, everything just works and it’s quite tasty. 

In Conclusion:

Dagwood’s continues to impress me with their offerings.  From their house-made meats, beyond fresh ingredients, these are some of the best sandwiches you will find in Vero, period.  Now open till 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights, your weekend dinner options just got easier.  Josh and Marie are also some of the nicest, most hardworking folks you will ever meet in the food industry.  Their drive and passion for what they do shows and you can taste it in the sandwiches they make.

NOTE:  My comments about each sandwich were kept at a minimum for this review because there are only so many ways you can describe a sandwich and how it tastes, or how fresh the ingredients are, so I figured I would summarize my experience in the “In Conclusion” part of this tasting experience article.  I also think the pictures speak for themselves!

Vero Beach Foodie is stepping out of our comfort zone and trying something new!  Check out our very first Mukbang video of Dagwood’s review and let us know what you think!

Have you tried Dagwood’s?  What has your experience been with them?  Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts, or feel free to email me at thefoodguy@verovine.com with your questions or comments.

Dagwood’s Website  |  Dagwood’s Menu  |  Facebook Page  |  Chow Cab

Address835 17th St, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Phone(772) 778-1900

Hours:  Open Monday – Thursday, 11:00am till 3:00pm, Open Friday – Saturday, 11:00am till 10:00pm, Closed on Sundays

Cobb’s Landing – Restaurant Review

by Thomas Miller – Food Blogger / Restaurant Critic for Vero Vine

My next tasting experience takes me to down to Fort Pierce and this time to Cobb’s Landing.  I’ve passed by and parked near this place quite a few times when attending the Farmers Market and did not realize it was more than just a bar.  In fact, it’s a fine dining restaurant.  Executive Chef David Gould runs the kitchen and tries to use as many local and seasonal items as possible when creating his dishes.  They do change the menu 3 times per year following the seasonal change and I’m here to check out their summer menu and see what they have to offer.

They are located off North Indian River Drive and Avenue A near the roundabout next to Marina Square.  They do have limited street parking, but plenty of additional spaces are available across the street in Marina Square.  It’s also located next to the Fort Pierce Marina and just a short walk from the Original Tiki Bar & Restaurant.  As you walk in the front door the hostess stand is on your left and a large bar on your right.  The main dining room is open to the outside but they do have the zippered window coverings that can be closed if the weather takes a turn for the worse.  They also have a dining room with A/C if you would prefer to dine inside.

Now Let’s jump right in and see what I had to eat and drink!

Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita – This is one of the newer drinks that is not on the menu yet, so they wanted us to try it.  They infuse tequila with pineapple, jalapenos (seeds removed), and then let that mixture sit for a few days to allow the flavors to bloom.  The margarita is then assembled with a few fresh slices of Jalapeno, muddled with the infused tequila, Cointreau, and poured over ice in a glass that has a cilantro sugared rim.  This cocktail is one that could get you in trouble because it does not have a heavy alcohol taste and goes down easy.  It was sweeter than it was sour, the jalapeno slices added more flavor than heat, and the cilantro sugared rim had an herby scent.  It was quite refreshing!

Lockhart Punch –  This is another new drink that is not on the menu yet, but should be shortly.  It is made by muddling several blackberries with simple syrup.  Then they add ice, vodka, Natalie’s Orange Juice, lemon juice, and a touch of Grenadine.  They shake the cocktail and finish it up with a blackberry and mint leaf garnish.  This one also went down easy, but it was a little bit too sour for my taste.  If that’s your thing, then you should give this one a try.

Chicken and Bacon Quesadilla – ($12.00) – Quesadillas are quite popular and on a lot of restaurant menus, but this one stands out from the rest.  It’s made with herb roasted chicken, bacon jam, goat cheese, and fire roasted peppers.  An avocado cilantro cream sauce was served alongside.  The flour tortilla was perfectly grilled and crispy, the bacon jam added a slightly sweet and smoky flavor, and the goat cheese was creamy and was not as tangy as I expected it to be.  It was very good.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Shrimp – ($20.00) – This is a perfect summer salad, light, fresh and filling with the shrimp addition.  Sliced heirloom tomatoes are tossed in herbs, olive oil & balsamic vinegar dressing and topped with feta cheese, capers, Kalamata olives & pistachio streusel.  The shrimp was an extra charge (included in the price above) and paired nicely with the salad.  The shrimp are wood grilled and seasoned very well.  They tasted like Hibachi shrimp you get at one of the restaurants where they cook in front of you.  The lettuce was crisp, the tomatoes were nice and sweet, and the streusel crumbles added a different texture than I’ve ever had on a salad before.  It crumbled like a pecan sandy cookie, yet was salty because of the olives it contained.

Artisan BLT – ($14.00) – This was an interesting twist on an old favorite.  It’s made with chive and parmesan crusted sourdough grilled bread with Applewood smoked bacon, avocado, micro cucumber greens, yellow and red vine ripened tomatoes.  The bread was thick like Texas toast and had the texture of French toast.  All ingredients were very fresh and the sandwich was quite tasty.

Wood Grilled Rack of Elk – ($28.00) – This dish was a special on the night we visited so the Chef wanted us to try it.  It’s a frenched rack of Elk served with a green peppercorn, Cognac, and demi cream sauce.  The elk rack was served over Irish cheddar & white truffle whipped potatoes.  Roasted carrots and mini zucchini were served alongside.  The elk was fork tender and cooked to a perfect medium.  The sauce was rich and quite flavorful.  The potatoes were not to be taken lightly either, they were just as much a star of this dish as the elk was.  They were rich, buttery, and had a subtle truffle flavor.  A truly fantastic dish!

Seasons Best Veggie Pasta with Grilled Swordfish – ($32.00) –  This one is quite the feast for the eyes with all the different colors.  It’s made with sautéed summer vegetables, wild mushrooms, and tossed in a lemon butter sauce with parmesan cheese.  Vegetables include zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, red onion, and watermelon radish. We had grilled swordfish added on top (included in the price above).  The pasta was cooked to al dente and the sauce was so creamy, it almost seemed like an alfredo.  The grilled swordfish was spectacular!  It was perfectly seasoned, wood grilled, and the sear marks on top were as perfect as I have ever seen before on grilled fish.  The texture was almost chicken like and was fork tender.  Hands down, my favorite dish of the night!

Summertime Ice Cream Sandwich – ($8.00) – Make sure you have a few people with you when you order this because it’s HUGE!  The cookies were at least 3 inches in diameter and the ice cream filling must have been 2 inches thick.  It’s served over chocolate and caramel drizzles and topped with whipped cream and berries.  The cookies had a large amount of chocolate in them, so when they were frozen with the ice cream, it makes it a little difficult to cut into it, so we allowed it to melt a little bit and it was easier to eat.  It was rich, creamy, and it hit the spot after all that we ate.  A perfect summer dessert to round out our meal.

In Conclusion:

This place caught me by surprise.  I was expecting your typical bar food since that was my first impression of the place when passing by on the street. While the atmosphere does not say fine dining, the food certainly did.  Chef David Gould took very good care of us and presented us with several dishes from the menu that gave us an overall view of their offerings.  All the food is freshly prepared to order and served artistically on the plate, so it not only tastes good, it also looks good too.  If you are in the mood for something different, then head on down to Fort Pierce and give these guys a try!

Have you tried Cobb’s Landing?  What has your experience been with them?  Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts, or feel free to email me at thefoodguy@verovine.com with your questions or comments.

Atmosphere – 4 Forks

Service – 5 Forks

Food – 5 Forks

Rating Scale Legend:

1 to 5 Forks – 1 Bad to 5 Excellent

Cobb’s Landing Website | Menu | Facebook Page

Address200 N Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Phone(772) 460-9014

Open Daily from 11:00 am till 10:00 pm, Friday, and Saturday till 11:00 pm.  Happy Hour from 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm everyday

Bluewater Beach Grill – Restaurant Review

by Thomas Miller – Food Blogger / Restaurant Critic for Vero Vine

My next tasting experience takes me to down to South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce and to a restaurant that “is as near to the beach as you can get without getting wet”.  It’s located directly across from Jetty Park in The Graziano building.  I had the pleasure of meeting the new manager, Shane, at my review of Sailfish Brewery a few months ago, and he invited me to come down and see what Bluewater had to offer.  I had not heard of this place before, so I was excited to go and check it out.

As you drive by on A1A, you may miss this place since the front of the restaurant faces north and is not that visible as you pass by.  There is limited parking on the street in front of the building, but ample parking in Jetty Park if you arrive early.  We arrived on a Thursday night around 5:30 pm and had no problems finding a parking spot in the park.  Later that evening as we were leaving, parking was at a premium and there were several cars circling the area looking for an open spot.  There are other restaurants and bars in the area so as the evening progresses, the lots tend to fill up quickly.  As we walked up to the entrance, there were lots of tables outside, and plenty of seating inside if you prefer the A/C.  There was a mix of hi and low top tables, a few booths, and a long bar with lots of stools to choose from.  It had that rustic laid-back beach vibe and was very comfortable.

 

Now let’s jump right in and see what I had to eat!

 

Trestles Salad – ($16.00) – I absolutely love the sunny side up egg on this salad!  This is Bluewater’s take on a Southwestern salad.  Roughly chopped romaine lettuce serves as the foundation for blackened chicken, avocado, tomato, black beans, corn, parmesan cheese, Caesar dressing and it’s topped off with a sunny side up egg.  I’m a big fan of complex salads and this is the first time I’ve seen a sunny side up egg on top of one.  The lettuce was fresh and crisp, the chicken was cooked perfectly and still juicy inside, and the egg yolk added a nice richness to it.  Overall, a great salad that is light, yet hearty enough to be a main entree.

 

Baja Fish Tacos – ($14.00) – Who doesn’t love a good fish taco?  These are made with a flour tortilla, blackened fish, shredded cabbage, cilantro, tomato, jalapenos, and a spicy white sauce.  The blackened fish was seasoned lightly as to not over power the other flavors, the cabbage was finely shredded and crunchy, and the white sauce was like a chipotle aioli and had a touch of heat to it.  The black beans and rice served alongside were both were really good and loaded with tons of flavor.

The Pipeline – ($13.00) – I know what you are thinking.  That is one impressive looking burger, but you’d be wrong.  This is their take on a chicken sandwich and it’s made with your choice of grilled or fried chicken breast, jack cheese, bacon, avocado, and a chipotle mayo.  Fries were served alongside.  This thing was hard to get a hold of.  We extracted it to a plate so we could cut it, then actually take a bite.  The flavor profile reminded me of a chicken club sandwich and was quite good.  It’s messy to eat, so be sure to request extra napkins.

Corky’s Firehouse – ($14.00) – While it’s hard to tell what this is just by looking at it, I guarantee you that this is a burger and a MONSTER one at that!  It’s made with a handcrafted beef patty, pepper jack cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and topped with onions rings and BBQ sauce.  Fries were served alongside.    This was as big, if not bigger than the chicken sandwich.  The burger was cooked a perfect medium just like we ordered, the bacon was smoky and quite flavorful, and the onion rings and BBQ sauce added a slight sweetness to the burger.  It’s one of the best burgers I’ve had in a while.

Ahi Poke Surf Bowl – ($20.00) – I was really impressed with the presentation of this dish.  Marinated Ahi tuna is served over a seaweed salad that is perched on top of a bed of white rice.  It was garnished with green onions, caviar, and a wasabi & Siracha aioli.  The tuna was very fresh and had subtle flavor from the ginger lime marinade.  The seaweed salad added a nice crunch and the aioli added a punch of bold flavor to the dish.

Coconut Cream Pie – ($6.00) – I was a little disappointed when they brought out dessert because I had a preconceived notion of what Coconut Cream pie should look like in my head.  It’s usually this HUGE piece of pie with meringue piled up high, yet this one did not look anything like that.  I must say that it only took one bite of this to dispel my notion of the visual I had expected to see and to fall in love with this new version.  The crust was a lightly sweetened graham cracker crust with just a hint of vanilla.  It’s made more like a cheesecake than a cream pie, but it was light, creamy and it definitely hit the spot.

In Conclusion:

I was not sure what to expect food wise before coming here.  I looked over the menu and it looked like your “typical bar food” offerings such as burgers, wings, hot dogs and tacos.  After dining here, I am happy to report that it’s anything but typical.  Everything we ate was fresh and made to order and even the dessert is house made too.  If you are looking for a great beachside restaurant with some fantastic eats, then look no further if you are down in Fort Pierce and go check these guys out!

Have you tried Bluewater Beach Grill?  What has your experience been with them?  Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts, or feel free to email me at thefoodguy@verovine.com with your questions or comments.

Atmosphere – 5 Forks

Service – 5 Forks

Food – 5 Forks

Rating Scale Legend:

1 to 5 Forks – 1 Bad to 5 Excellent

 

Bluewater Beach Grill Website  |  Menu  |  Facebook Page

Address2025 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949

Phone(772) 466-0023

Open Daily from 11:00 am till 10:00 pm  |  Happy Hour Everyday from 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm