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Nick’s Family Restaurant Review

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

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My next Tasting Experience review takes me to Nick’s Family Restaurant in Downtown Vero!  This is one of those places that I like to call a local’s place.  It’s somewhat hard to find and parking is not the best, but it’s so worth seeking out.  It has the feel of a place like the TV show called Cheers, and it feels like everyone knows your name since you will most likely bump into your neighbor while you are there.  The building they occupy dates back to the 1920’s and it got its start as a jewelry store called J.C. DuBose.  Mr. DuBose also used it for the practice of optometry.  Through the years it has seen many different restaurants including Sand Bar & Package Tavern, Bobby’s Café, Pepin’s Pub, Pickles Deli Café, and lastly before becoming Nick’s it was the Palm Tree Inn.  Nick and his wife, Meggin have owned and operated Nick’s Family Restaurant for the last 16 years, the most of any previous restaurant tenant.  The word “family” in the name best describes who is working here more than the atmosphere.  Nick and his mom run the kitchen with help from his niece on busy nights, and you can find Meggin working the dining room and waiting tables.  What are they doing differently than the previous tenants did that has kept the doors open this long?  Keep reading to find out!

I’m sure most of you have passed by this place 100 times and did not even realize it was there.  As you head west on Hwy 60 there is a sign and an entrance, but no parking available.  To park and use the back entrance, turn left off of 14th Ave right before Blue Agave into the ally, and a few businesses down is where Nick’s entrance is located.  They have a few designated parking spots, but in the evening when most businesses close, there are quite a few other spots available.  The rear entrance from the ally feels like you are going into the employee entrance, but it takes you into a long hallway right into the dining room.  The dining room has a large bar that has 10 seats and on the opposite wall are tables and chairs.  They do have a few high-top tables at the front entrance if you prefer.

 

Now let’s jump right in and see what this place has to offer and what I had to eat!

Garlic Knots ½ Order – ($3.95) – I haven’t met a garlic knot that I don’t like yet, and these are no exception.  Perfectly baked till golden brown on the outside, soft and fluffy inside.  They are served with a side of house-made marinara is the perfect appetizer to start your meal.

Sausage Parmesan Sandwich – ($7.95) –  OMG that looks so good!  Made with a toasted sub bun, they use a mild Italian sausage and place it inside the bread with their marinara sauce and top it with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.  The sausage was ground very fine and had the consistency of a meatball in a casing.  The marinara was the same as served with the garlic knots, and as you can see from the picture above, they don’t skimp on the cheese.  It was amazing!

Bacon Swissburger – ($8.95) – A classic cheeseburger with bacon and sautéed onions & mushrooms is always an excellent choice.  The burger was cooked to a perfect medium and was very juicy, the bacon was nice and crisp and added a subtle smokiness, and the bun was soft and very fresh.  French Fries were served alongside.

Chicken Wings (10 pc) – ($9.95) – Wings are one of my all-time favorite foods on the planet, and Nick’s multiple Award-Winning wings are some of the best that Vero has to offer.  The jumbo wings are fried then tossed in the sauce of your choice.  The wings are crispy on the outside and moist and tender inside.  With 11 different sauce options, they have something to please everyone. 

Cannoli – ($2.95) – We were getting pretty full from all the food they served us, but we still wanted something sweet to round out our meal.  The cannoli made sense due to the size, and there is always room for dessert, right?  The cannoli shell was fried till golden brown, stuffed with their house-made filling, then dusted with powdered sugar.  The super smooth filling had the perfect amount of sweetness and small chocolate chips added a slight texture to the filling.  It was really good!

In Conclusion:

I only just discovered Nick’s less than 6 months ago and I’m glad I did.  I was so impressed with their wings that we decided to do a Vero Beach Foodie wing eating contest at the end of January with their hottest sauce called Italian Pain.  It was a raving success and we plan to do another one later this year, but with a much hotter sauce.  This is a place that both my wife and I continue to suggest as a dinner option since they have items that we both like, so this place comes up often as our go-to place.  If you have not been here before, then might I suggest you give them a try and see for yourself, I know you won’t be disappointed!

Have you tried Nick’s Family Restaurant?  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.

Nick’s Family Restaurant Website  |  Nick’s Family Restaurant Facebook Page

Address1453 20th St, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Phone(772) 567-2311

Hours of Operation:  Monday & Tuesday, 10am – 3pm, Wednesday – Friday, 10am – 9pm

Dagwood’s 2018 – Restaurant Review

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

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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

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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