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Vero Beach Foodie Summer Specials

Vero Beach Summer Specials


Here we have compiled a list of the Restaurant Summer Specials in Vero Beach, Sebastian and Indian River County.


Welcome to Pizzoodles! We are Vero Beach’s finest and most fun family owned pizza and pasta restaurant. We are located on Royal Palm Pointe on the Indian River in Vero Beach Florida. Come in for lunch or dinner today!

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2 for $25.00

Winey Wednesday

Half Off Bottles of Wine

Thursday Wine & Dine

Complete Dinner For $50.00

Dine Time

Daily 4-5:30

Bogo ½ Off Entrees Only

To Go Only

Tuesday – Thursday

All Day Buy A Specialty Pizza Or 1 Topping Pizza Save $7.95 On Your 2nd Pizza

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The Italian Cousin 

Available 4 pm – 9 pm

Monday Night Twinners

Get an exact twin of your dinner for one price! Dine in only!

Steak & Spaghetti Tuesdays – $16.95

Hand Cut 12oz NY Strip with Spaghetti Marinara…additional steak options available

Red & White Wednesdays – $16.95

Cold Water Clams or PEI Mussels with Linguine…Red or White

4 for $40 Thursdays – 4 Choices, 4 People = $40.00 Total!

Includes Salad & Bread – Menu Changes Weekly! Dine in Only!

2 for 1 Wines Saturday

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Capt’n Butchers Seafood Grille & Marina

Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Takes Reservations, Walk-Ins Welcome, Good For, Groups, Good For Kids, Take Out, Catering, Waiter Service, & Outdoor Seating.

A Complimentary Chef’s Appetizer or Drink with a purchase of $20 or more

One per table, up to a $10 value.  May not be combined with any other offers or discounts. Not available on holidays or with special menus. Offer valid only at Capt’n Butcher’s restaurant. Tax & gratuity not included. 

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Johnny D’s Market & Bistro

Welcome to Johnny D’s Market and Bistro, located on Vero Beach’s beautiful barrier island. Whether you’re looking to feed 1 or 100 the Amelio Family looks forward to accommodating all of your culinary needs, using only the finest ingredients around. Stop by today to see what’s new and exciting here at Johnny D’s.

Offered all Night

Prix Fixe $16 Entrees

$5 Select Glasses of Wine

Includes Free Gelato, Any flavor

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Di Mare

Two can dine for $49 with a Bottle of Wine

Meal includes soup, salad and choice of: fresh veal, fresh fish, eggplant, shrimp or liver. Add $10 per person and get a 6 oz. filet mignon with cognac sauce.

Di Mare Vero Beach serves only the finest in gourmet French and Italian cuisine. Fly across the seas of the Atlantic and Mediterranean with the tastes of Paris to Milan and Venice to Nice.

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The Tides

The Tides has been defining Treasure Coast cuisine since March of 2000. Leading a team of classically trained culinarians is Chef Leanne Kelleher graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York. With her distinctively Floridian style, Chef Leanne, uses only the freshest seafood, locally grown, organically raised vegetables and the finest meats to create masterful presentations of both flavor and form.

Sunset Menu $17

Available Daily 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

$5 House Wine & Well Drinks

Choice of Tides’ House Salad, Caesar Salad, or BLF Iceberg Wedge


Pork T-Bone, Chicken, Scottish Salmon, Steak Marsala, Fettuccini & Shrimp

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Bistro Fourchette

Bistro Fourchette was opened in November 2015 by Chef Stéphane and his wife, Loretta.  Chef Stéphanedisplays his talent and skill on every plate served at Bistro Fourchette.  His love for French cuisine is evident in his menu and daily specials.

Tuesdays – ½ Off Select Wines

Prix Fixe – 5:30 – 6:15

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Captain Hiram’s Blackfins 

Blackfins Riverfront Grill offers Sebastian’s best riverfront dining. Grab a table on our scenic riverfront deck for the freshest seafood.

$8 Burgers on Mondays

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Green Marlin Restaraunt & Raw Bar

The Green Marlin Restaurant and Raw Bar serves up high-end seafood in a casual, Irish pub atmosphere. Join us for happy hour today!

Happy Hour – Offered Daily

4 pm – 7 pm & 9 pm –  Close

½ Price Select Drinks

Early Bird Menu

4 pm – 5:30 pm Monday – Thursday

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Trattoria Dario

3 Courses for $29 Per Person


Cozze All’Arancia, Prosciutto E Melone, Carpaccio Di Pomodori


Fettucine Al Salmone, Pollo Asiago, Medaglioni Di Maiale, Mahi-Mahi Francese

Happy Hour

4 pm – 6 pm and 9 pm – Closing

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The Wave Kitchen & Bar Vero Beach

Early Bird Dinner

Three Courses $22 Per Person

Sunday – Thursday 5 pm – 6 pm

$12 Lunch Menu

Monday – Friday


Bloody Mary’s or Mimosas + Entrée Combo for $30

Happy Hour

Daily: 4 pm – 6 pm

½ Off Appetizers

$4 Draft Beer

$5 House Wine

$6 House Cocktails

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Gifts by the Sea: A Few of My Favorite Things

compiled by Sherry Nist

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Mele Kalikimaka has always been my favorite Christmas greeting though I did not have the fortune to grow up in Vero Beach or any beach town for that matter.  I think it stems from my early love for the ocean, nurtured by my Father and by watching Lawrence Welk with both my Father and his Mother.  Most of those performers bored my young self to death EXCEPT Don Ho & his Ukelele.  The gift of Tiny Bubbles & Mele Kalikimaka had me hooked. 

Well, the spirit of that gift is alive and well in Vero during the Holiday season (and year round).  And while giving doesn’t have to mean material gifts, it is a gesture of caring about others. With that in mind, I give you, Vero, some of my favorite Vero things.  Whether you chose to give or receive these suggestions, enjoy the spirit of giving.


Gifts that Keep on Giving

Give the Gift of Food:  Shining Light Garden Foundation

Donate 1 or many avocado or mango tree(s) and feed many Indian River County residents for years into the future.



Give the Gift of SafetyVero Beach Lifeguard Association (VBLA)

Donate funds or services to the NEW Humiston Park House of Refuge (Lifeguard Station).  Better yet, fund the whole project and your name shall be associated with this state of the art building for ever more.


Vero Beach Lifeguard Association


If Fishes were WishesLive Like Cole Foundation

Give to the Cole Coppola Memorial Fishing Pier to be built at Riverside Park.  The pier will provide a new safe place for the public to fish in the Indian River Lagoon & create a new marine habitat for fish and other marine life to thrive.  The memorial pier will also serve as a place of remembrance for loved ones.  Why not donate $300 to name an engraved pier tread?





Catch the Big One


Charters, Gear, Live or Artificial Bait & the BEST Fish Stories:  Vero Tackle & Marina

Gift the love of fish from our Indian River Lagoon by booking a charter with the experts at Vero Tackle & Marina.  The guides and staff are arguably the best in local fishing techniques and more importantly, where to find the “big one”.  They are the only tackle shop on the water and the location was once a Fish Camp and has been part of local fishing history since anyone can remember.







Absolutely Everything for Sun & Beach Fun:  Shark Bait Beach Gear Rentals

Shark Bait provides high quality beach chairs, umbrellas, sail shades, kayaks, paddle boards and more directly on the beach.  Their service & knowledge is outstanding!  Scott (owner) prides himself on a concierge level of service & is happy to relay his expert knowledge of all things beach, reef and ocean in Vero.





Sunrise Qi Gong at South Beach:  The Cloudwalker, John Wolcott

Vero’s South Beach offers a daily dose of spectacular sunrises so why not combine that with Qi Gong to start you and your loved one’s days off on the right breath?  Believe me when I tell you that Qi Gong is amazing and life changing.  Qi Gong and many other classes are also offered year-round at Vero’s Intergenerational Rec Center off Oslo Road.






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Festive Gifts for the Women in your World on Ocean Drive:  Sara Campbell

I have window-shopped Sara Campbell for several years now and decided to stop in the other day.  Let me tell you, their selection of women’s clothing and accessories is simply magical.  There are selections ranging from luxurious cashmere & silk ready to wear to unique, yet affordable totes and clutches.  I picked up a hot pink “Bag of Tricks” clutch that cost me less than $30.



Smart, Unique & Fabulous Footwear on Ocean Drive:  Charleston Shoe Co.

As an Alum of the University of South Carolina, I will admit I am partial to anything from my adoptive home, but let me tell you, I would love this shoe salon even if I had zero South Carolina ties.  Charleston Shoe Co. offers an affordable, comfortable and versatile shoe for the modern woman. Their cobblestones-to-cocktails styles are geared toward ladies who need to be on their feet and stay fashionable all day long!  Walk and shop Ocean Drive by day then dance the night away in a pair of shoes that won’t let you down. These shoes are custom designed with comfort & style in mind and their sturdy construction will last years. Most of the shoes are MACHINE-WASHABLE, including  “espadrille” styles that won’t unravel &  “cork” styles that won’t flake! 




Entrepreneurial Spirit & Amazing Finds for the Women in your World on 14th Avenue:  Seahorse Lane Boutique

Audrey started Seahorse Lane Boutique in 2012 from a bedroom in her parent’s house on Seahorse Lane.  Flash forward to December 2017 and Seahorse is my absolute favorite store in Vero.  The Vero logo on their hats and shirts are not only their creation but proceeds from each and every sale go to a different local charity each month.  The mix of women’s clothing and accessories is truly unique and appeals to women of all ages.  True to their entrepreneurial spirit you can even shop them on Instagram!




Unique, Personal & Healing Jewelry:  Sara LuNa Jewelry

Sara started making bracelets to be productive during long and stressful IV treatments for her chronic illness.  It was her concern with the base metals & toxic materials used in most wrap bracelets, that led her to find alternatives for her jewelry.  She is motivated by an innate creativity & the desire to inspire joy in herself and others during times of hardship. Her materials are sourced from natural gemstones, sterling silver, gold vermeil & Thai Hill tribe silver.  The healing elements and symbolism behind the gemstones is important to Sara so she includes material details for all her creations.  Each bracelet is a unique original.







Inspire the Artistic Soul


Create a Masterpiece with your Friends while Sipping Good Wine:  Vero Beach Museum of Art

Is there any better way to celebrate friends & the season than with a bit of wine and a bit more creative competition?!  Vero Beach Museum of Art does everything well.




Gift  a “We Owe Us” Certificate to your Loved Ones for a First Saturday:  Vero Beach Museum of Art

Enjoy ALL this world-class museum has to offer without paying admission.  Don’t forget to visit the Museum Shop for some possible post-Holiday bargains!

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Gift Tickets or Gift a Sponsorship:  Vero Beach Food, Wine & Music Festival

This is a big deal, First Annual Food, Wine & Music Festival that has been five years in the making and is bringing big names and fabulous array of events to Vero for 3 days in February 2018.  Get those tickets before they disappear!




Pampering the People


Sit Back, Close your Eyes & Melt your Stress Away:  Salt

Salt is a unique and incredibly relaxing way to detox & melt your stresses away.  Your experience involves kicking back in an ultra-comfy recliner, covered by warm blankets & an eye mask whilst salt ions work their magic.  Unlike a massage, you are fully clothed.  An added bonus:  zero tipping!




No Appointment Hand & Foot Heaven with a Side of Wine:  Foxy’s Nails

Foxy’s is my go to nail salon for so many reasons.  While their location is super convenient, I continue to return for the sweet staff, quick service, amazing attention to detail and okay, a glass of wine.  The massage chairs and included hand & feet massages makes a mani-pedi at Foxy’s feel like a top-notch spa day.




Feed your Loves

Gift the MOST Authentic Mexican Food at Unbelievable Prices:  Tres Hermanos

 Tres Hermanos is a Mexican Grocery & Food store on 14th Avenue directly across from Vero Beach High School’s Football Stadium.  They are open 7 days a week and their tacos are not only wildly inexpensive but out-of-this world!  If you are lucky enough to be there on a day the ladies prepare Chicken Mole, you will eat the BEST Mole outside of Mexico.  Fact.




Tutto-Bene & Buon Natale in Vero’s South Beach:  Trattoria Dario

I admit I have an undying love for Dario, just a shell’s throw from South Beach.  There are so many reasons but ultimately it is the FOOD.  Best Italian in Vero Beach as far as I am concerned.  Warmest & friendliest atmosphere as well.  I cannot recount how many times I have had fascinating conversations with both locals and people from around the world while eating or sipping in the lounge at Dario.  I don’t even mind dining alone as Dario and the staff make you feel right at home.  The great selection is endless but might I suggest:  Lasagna Bolognese, Dover Sole, Masami Ranch Wagyu NY Strip Steak, Margherita Pizza, Sauteed Spinach, Gingerbread & Watermelon Martinis & any of the Fine Italian Wines.




Ahi Lollipops, Stone Crab, Lion Fish & Those Views:  Crab E Bills

Take a field trip to Sebastian for a Holiday lunch, brunch or to bring some of the freshest seafood home for the Holidays.  Crab E Bills is an institution and a visual delight on the Lagoon in Sebastian.  Take time to soak in the photos of fishing past as well as the artifacts & exhibits telling the tales of Sebastian’s fish house history.  Make sure to look for the trophy fish photos of Papa Hemingway back in the day when reeling one in might have taken days.



Eat Local, Eat Healthy, Be Friendly:  LaTabla Local Food & Juicery

La Tabla happens to be both my & my daughter’s favorite places to be in Vero.  The food is simple yet filling, healthy & delicious.  Their breakfast, lunches, coffees, juices & kombucha are the absolute best I have had anywhere in the U.S. (and that includes NYC)!  And while I often hang out where I can “WiFi”, I love going to LaTabla so I cannot lose myself online.  


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Taste of Vero 2016 – Part 1

by Thomas Miller – Food Blogger for Vero Vine

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The Taste of Vero 2016 – Part II


After hearing great things about this event last year, I’d been looking forward to it this year.    Where else can you try so many different restaurants in one place, at the same time, for one price?  The Taste of Vero is where!  This event is sponsored by and a benefit for the H.A.L.O No Kill Animal Shelter and tickets go quick!  This year they added an additional 100 tickets, for a total of 550, and it sold out in less than 2 days!  You have to be on top of your game once the tickets go on sale to make sure you get them.  Since Vero Vine was a sponsor, I was invited to attend the event and write about all of the great food served this year.  There were over 20 different restaurants participating, serving up some really great food!  Lets dive right in and see what everyone was presenting!

Jerk Chicken & Caribbean Pork

Vero’s Caribbean Kitchen – The first restaurant we tried is one of my absolute favorites in Vero right now.  Chef Charles has some really awesome Caribbean flavors and he served two of his most popular dishes. Up front is his Caribbean Pork with a Pineapple Mango Caribbean sauce, and in the back is his Jerk Chicken.  The pork was very tender and the sauce was sweet with just a little bit of heat.  The piece of jerk chicken I got had a lot of bone in it, but was spiced perfectly!  I’ve had his chicken in the past and thought it was under seasoned, but not this night.  It was bold, but not spicy, and had lots of flavor.  If you have not had a chance to check them out yet, I definitely recommend you do!


Polish sausage with sauerkraut

Eva’s Polish Kitchen – Up until my recent review of Eva’s, I had not had the opportunity to try authentic Polish food before.  I was really glad to see them at the ToV this year.  On the back of the plate was a Polish marble cake called Babka.  It was moist and delicious!  Next I had the Polish sausage with sauerkraut, and finally a stuffed cabbage roll.  The sausage had the familiar snap to the casing and the kraut was tangy and very tasty!  Their stuffed cabbage was fantastic!  The tangy, slightly spicy red sauce over the top really makes the dish, and the meat filling was seasoned perfectly!  Unfortunately Eva’s ran out of food before the night’s end.  An indication of how good it was?  I think so!  Hopefully if you were there you got to them early enough to try some of their great offerings, if not, head on over to Eva’s on 43rd Avenue, you won’t be disappointed.

Chelsea’s on Cardinal

Focaccia con Verdure

Chelsea’s on Cardinal – Their offering was several different kinds of pizza.  I selected one that looked out of the ordinary.  I believe my selection was a Vegan Pesto Pizza.  The crust was fairly thin, but was still strong enough to not flop when picked up.  The vegetables were well seasoned and the pesto was slightly tangy.  Overall a very nice offering.

Pork Taco

The Buggy Bistro – They were serving a Pork Taco with onions and green pepper, with a cabbage slaw and grated cheese over the top.  While the presentation was nice, the dish fell short of my expectations.  The tortillas were not grilled before service and fell apart while eating the taco.  The onions and peppers were quite crunchy and appeared to be raw. The flavors were somewhat mild, but the pork was nicely cooked and had good flavor.

Joey's Seafood Shack

Crab Cake with Cabbage Slaw

Joey’s Seafood Shack – I’ve experienced Joey’s twice now, once at the Top Chef qualifier, and as a finalist at the Top Chef finale event, and both times their food has been outstanding!  Their offering tonight was no exception, a Crab Cake with Cabbage Slaw.  The crab cake was cooked perfectly, containing a generous amount of crab meat.  It had a slight crunch on the outside which gave a nice texture variation, but the slaw was my favorite part of this dish.  It was sweet, creamy, and oh so delicious!  I definitely need to pay them a visit sometime to see what other great offerings they have on their menu.

Caramel Flan with berry sauce

Ocean Grill – This turned out to be one of my favorite desserts of the night!  A Caramel Flan with berry sauce and whipped cream on the side.  It was very smooth, creamy, and had this wonderful toasted marshmallow flavor.  It only got better with each bite!

Key Lime Cheesecake

Countryside Citrus – Up next we have another dessert offering, this time from Countryside Citrus.  A small slice of Key Lime Cheesecake, their wonderful Orange Soft Serve Ice Cream, and a sample of their Peach Salsa with Tortilla chips.  While the two desserts went well together, I was a bit confused by the salsa.  While it is very good, it did not really belong on the plate with the desserts.

Rock Shrimp Ceviche

The Wave – A very nice presentation and generous offering from Costa d’Este.  They were serving Rock Shrimp Ceviche.  It was topped with match stick sliced radish, micro greens, and fried plantain chips to finish the dish.  Served alongside was a lime mojito.  There was a generous serving of rock shrimp in the cup and they were wonderful.  Tangy from the lime juice, the radish provided that nice crunch and the plantain chips were crispy.  The mojito had a nice limey flavor with a hint of mint.  The rum was a bit strong for my taste, but I’ve heard people rave about the Costa d’Este Mojitos so they must be good!

Trattoria Dario

Polpette dal Lago di Como

Trattoria Dario – They were offering two kinds of Meatballs.  Two were in their tomato sauce, and the one was in their BBQ sauce.  While the tomato sauce was good, and the meatballs were homemade, I was a little disappointed with their offering, considering what else I had already tried thus far this evening.  The BBQ sauce was definitely homemade, but it lacked the punch I was looking for to drive these over the top.

Assorted Crostini

Bistro Fourchette – This is a restaurant I had not heard of, but I definitely need to check them out after tasting their offerings.  The salad is from Osceola Farms and is tossed in their in house champagne dressing.  The three crostinis are as follows, from left to right:  Caramelized Onions with Goat Cheese, Eggplant Caviar, and Oven Roasted Beef & Tartare Dressing.  Everything on this plate was fantastic, the salad was lightly dressed, but very tasty, the crostinis were crisp and the ingredients they were topped with paired nicely with each other.  A very well thought out dish!

Compound Salad Trio

Vero Beach Yacht Club – My wife was in attendance this evening to assist me, and this was one of her favorite dishes of the night.  We were saddened knowing that by not being VBYC members we’ll probably never be able to enjoy this dish again.  The trio of their “Signature Compound Salads” starting on the left are as follows:  Tropical Krab Salad with Chef Bill’s one of a kind dressing, Massaged Kale Salad with an orange poppy seed dressing, and a Chicken BLT Salad with their unique creamy dressing.  All 3 salads were fantastic!  I’m not a big fan of kale, but this was very good.  I think the BLT salad was our favorite out of all of these.  So simple, but SO GOOD!

Seared Ahi Tuna over an Asian sobe

Citron Bistro

Citron Bistro – This was one of my favorites of the night!  The dish was seared Ahi Tuna over Asian noodles and it was outstanding!  The tuna was seared perfectly, and it was extremely tender.  The noodles were cooked perfectly and the seasoned with soy sauce, garlic, and finished with chopped green onions.  Kudos to the chef and staff in the picture above for this fabulous dish!


This concludes part 1 of my coverage of the Taste of Vero event, and I’m just scratching the surface of the offerings from the event with this first article.  Stay tuned next week for part 2 and my final thoughts on this event and my TOP ATE dishes of the night!

Please leave your reviews, favorite plates in the comments below…