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The Wave Kitchen & Bar – Restaurant Review 2018

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

I got a call from the restaurant manager a few weeks ago asking me to come back and check out their summer menu.  If you read my previous review of The Wave, you know that I jumped at the opportunity to go back and try the new menu items.  While the food at the previous review was amazing, they have really stepped up their game and I was quite impressed with the changes.  Dare I say that one of the dishes served to us during this updated review will make my Top 10 Best Dishes list this year?  Keep reading to see if you can figure out which one it might be.

The Wave Kitchen & Bar Restaurant Review 2017

The Wave Kitchen & Bar is located inside Costa d’ Este Beach Resort & Spa.  Owned by seven-time Grammy Award-winning musical artist Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio Estefan, the resort brings Miami chic, sophistication, and the Estefan’s personal taste and style throughout the resort.  It’s centrally located on Ocean Drive in what is known as the “Hamptons of Miami”.

The resort is hard to miss as you drive past it on Ocean Drive due to the geometrical architecture of the covered entrance and the waterfall in front of it.  The landscaping is always well maintained and very tropical.  While their parking lot is mostly reserved for valet parking, there are a few spots that you can still self-park.  As you enter through the front door, you walk directly into the lobby.  The restaurant is just a few steps away to the right and through a stone arch with only their logo to identify what it is.  The hostess stand is on your right and is made up of wood, metal, and glass.  You will notice in the middle of the dining room there is a large table surrounded by black bead walls.  This is their VIP table for special events and can host up to 14 guests.  Gloria and family have been known to use this area for their family gatherings while staying at the resort.  Once you walk past the VIP table the next thing that draws your attention will be the view of the pool deck, the Cabana bar, and of course the ocean view.  Blue accent lighting is used throughout the resort and it’s quite stunning once the sun has set.  

 

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

Shrimp & Crab Ceviche – ($19.00) – One dish that The Wave is very well known for is their Ceviche, and this new twist was exceptional.  Made with fresh shrimp and crab meat, it also contains corn, red onion, jalapeno, tomato, cilantro, and fresh citrus juices.  Plantain chips are served alongside.  All of the ingredients were beyond fresh and the citrus juices gave it a very bright and tangy flavor.  One thing that stood out to me in this dish was how precisely the ingredients were diced.  You could tell that a chef with years of experience took great care when crafting this dish.

Barbeque Shrimp – ($15.00) – Up next for us to taste is this New Orleans inspired dish.  Eight shrimp sourced from the Gulf of Mexico to make sure it’s as authentic as possible, are grilled and then tossed in a sauce made from amber beer, Worcestershire sauce, lemon, and rosemary.  A biscuit is served alongside.  The shrimp were quite large and perfectly cooked.  The sauce had a mild, yet flavorful kick to it, and was very good.

Seasonal Greens – ($13.00) – A summer menu is not complete without a salad option!  With romaine lettuce as the base, it also includes snow peas, tomatoes, radish, and cucumber, and garnished with pea tendrils on top.  All of the veggies were farm fresh, the lettuce was nice and crisp, and the tomatoes were the sweetest I’ve tasted yet this season.  The salad was tossed with a Meyer lemon dressing and had a nice pop of flavor.

Pan Roasted Florida Grouper – ($35.00) – Grouper is my all-time favorite fish, so I was happy to see this brought out for us to try.  The dish consists of a pan-roasted 7 oz. grouper filet served over a charred corn succotash with a lobster tomato sauce and garnished with crispy leeks on top.  First off, the grouper was awesome!  It was light, flaky, and fatty, just as this cut of fish should be.  The dish had lots of colors, a mixture of flavors and textures, which really brought this dish to life.  It was delicious!

Coffee Rubbed Hanger Steak – ($34.00) – We just happened to be at the restaurant on Wednesday night again which is also steak night, so we got to try this new cut of beef they are offering known as a Hanger Steak.  The steak was rubbed with coffee and grilled to medium rare.  It was served on a hot stone and was still sizzling when it arrived at our table.  A potato, pearl onion, and mushroom hash was served alongside.  This cut, while not as tender as a filet, yet not as tough as a sirloin, was of excellent quality and had a rich beefy flavor.  The steak continued to cook on the hot stone which gave it a nice crust.

We were served two desserts options at the conclusion of our evening.  First up was a classic Cuban dish, Churros.  They are fried, then coated with cinnamon and sugar.  Served alongside were a chocolate and caramel sauces.  As an added bonus, a shot of Cuban rum was included for dipping the churros into.  Last but not least was a classic Vanilla Bean flan.  Both great ways to round out our wonderful evening.

Churros – ($13.00)

Vanilla Bean Flan – ($7.00)

In Conclusion:

The Wave has yet again proven to me that they are more than just a “Cuban” restaurant.  They have a wide variety of dishes to please most anyone, yet staying true to the owner’s roots and mixing in a few classic Cuban dishes that pay tribute to the owner’s heritage.  Costa and The Wave both continue to impress me.  The atmosphere here is second to none, and the food quality and options keep getting better each time I visit.  If you have not been here in a while, or even if it’s new to you, then might I suggest you come and check out their new summer menu items and rediscover everything that The Wave Kitchen & Bar has to offer.

Costa de’ Este is hosting our next Vero Beach Foodie MeetUp at the Cabana Bar on Wednesday, June 27th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  They will be providing a few sharable apps for free and a 15% discount off regular menu items.  Our Meetups are a great way to meet other local foodies and discover new and exciting restaurants each month!  Hope you can join us!

Facebook MeetUp Event Page

Have you tried The Wave Kitchen & Bar?  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.

The Wave Kitchen & Bar Website  |  Facebook Page

Address3244 Ocean Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963

Phone(772) 410-0100

Hours: Open Daily from 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

 

 

Vero Beach Lifeguard Association Monthly Beach Report for May 2018

Vero Beach Lifeguard Association

Monthly Beach Report

Jaycee Park  /  Humiston Park  /  South Beach Park 

Our Mission:

To promote lifeguarding and water safety in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities

Email:  VeroBeachLA@Yahoo.com  

Website:  www.VBLA.org

STATISTICS

Total Park Attendance 51,550

Preventative Actions 992

Minor Medicals 3

Major Medicals 1

Rescues 2

Average Water Temperature 78

Beach Erosion Moderate

Stinging Marine Life Minimal

General Conditions

 

May attendance was low compared to 2017 (74,000) mainly due to stormy weather.  The ocean water temperature has risen into the upper 70’s. Sea turtles continue to lay their clutches of eggs up and down the coastline.   Wind and tides have carved out some beaches leaving a steep drop off in some areas of the shoreline. In addition, seaweed and numerous types of shells have been deposited on the beach.  Two swimmers were rescued from rip currents by lifeguards bringing the total number of people saved from potential drowning to 24 in 2018.

All swimmers are advised to pay close attention to beach condition signs and flags, swim near lifeguard towers and avoid swimming during non-guarded hours.

 

Areas of Progress

 

With help from Coastal Technologies Corporation, Hoos Architects, Mills Short Engineers, Farrow Construction, City of Vero Beach Recreation Department, Councilwoman Laura Moss, Mayor Harry Howle and many others, VBLA’s goal of giving lifeguards the ability to see more of the beach and react to emergencies faster by building a lifeguard tower and command center at Humiston Park is progressing.

 

Areas of Concern

 

As beach attendance grows, more and more people are outside the guarded areas increasing the likelihood of accidents and drowning.  More police presence is needed on the beach to curb illegal activities. During lightning storms, it is strongly advised that the public evacuate the beach and seek shelter.         

 

    Key

Park Attendance:  includes areas immediately north and south of each park

Preventative Actions:  stopping potential incidents before they occur

Minor Medicals:  a medical incident which is treated on-site by lifeguard/EMT        personnel

Major Medicals:  a medical incident that required Emergency Medical Services

 

About VBLA

This report is furnished by the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association, a non-profit, 501C3 organization.  Its mission is to promote water safety and lifeguarding in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities.  Contact us at VeroBeachLA@Yahoo.com or (908)797-8725.  Visit us at www.VBLA.org.  Donations are appreciated.  Monies raised are used to purchase equipment, supplies, and training for the lifeguards from the city of Vero Beach.  Please send donations to: VBLA, 1351 White Heron Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32963.

Vero Vine Top 9 Nightlife Entertainment

Summer nights in Vero Beach are anything but boring! Check out these top nightlife activities that’ll make this Summer one to remember. Let us know your favorite spot in the comments below!


Riverside Theatre

Riverside Theatre, Inc. is committed to providing a total theatre arts experience that entertains, challenges, and educates both adults and children. Producing quality works from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Regional Theatres with an emphasis on high production values, providing the youth of the community with a broad range of education opportunities that will cultivate tomorrow’s artist and audiences, while building the skills of today, and providing a nurturing and collaborative environment for the artist, educators, and staff.

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Walking Tree Brewery

At Walking Tree Brewery, we combine creativity with science to produce a large selection of unique and delicious craft beer. You will always find a wide variety of traditional options on tap – from pale ales that dance on the buds to mouthwatering creamy stouts. In addition to creating great beer, we continually strive to develop a culture that unites our community. Our Florida roots are important to us, which is one of the reasons that the name “Walking Tree Brewery” resonated so well. Mangrove trees live with one foot on land and one in the sea, constantly expanding their boundaries. Through our pursuit to produce unforgettable beer, like the mangrove tree, we will never forsake our home, our community, or our roots. 

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Vero Bowl Lanes & Lounge

Vero Bowl is a great place to have fun times with family and friends. At Vero Bowl you can have a great time at prices that won’t break your family’s budget.  We also have our COOL Cosmic where you bowl with the lights down – great music turned up and awesome special effects lighting…it looks like a nightclub!

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Captain Hirams Sand Bar

What’s better than one bar? Three bars in one, naturally. Anchored in the sand, surrounded by coconut palms and buffeted by cool river breezes, our outdoor tiki-style Sandbar is Sebastian’s go-to destination for live music, cold beer, tropical cocktails and the chance to mingle in a trio of spirited spots, each with its own unique personality and drink menu. The Sandbar’s two live music stages regularly host an extensive line-up of the best national artists and bands, including reggae legends like Toots and the Maytals. Weekends tend to be livelier. On quieter nights, you can hum along to the tunes of some of Sebastian’s lower-key musicians performing on the Sandbar’s tiki stage.

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Havana Nights Piano Bar

This popular nightspot features a lively crowd, latin rhythms, and is frequented by “A-list” locals and visitors “in the know.” The menu offers tropical lite cuisine – a melange of French, Spanish and Caribbean-inspired dishes for dinner, supper or just to nibble.

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American Icon Brewery

American Icon Brewery is a family oriented gastropub with a 15 barrel brewing system, a full-food menu and over 400 seat capacity, located in historic Downtown Vero Beach.

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Riverside Cafe

You will find that we are more than just a restaurant. We serve great food, really cold drinks, our bars are equipped with tap lines that chill our beer to 33 degrees, ensuring each domestic, imported, or craft draft beer is perfectly chilled. 

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Gamers Realm

Gamers Realm is a Gamer’s Paradise. We have games for every generation, allowing players to explore libraries of games released over the last 40 years. We also feature virtual reality games that will take you to another world featuring HTC Vive. Other attractions include Room Escapes, Table Top Gaming, and Magic the Gathering. We are open late every night, and at 8pm we turn on the black lights and turn up the music!

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Grind + Grape

Grind+Grape is a versatile and innovative establishment dedicated to giving customers an unforgettable expireince. As the name suggests, Grind+Grape offers a delicious selection of coffee beverages as well as a full bar stocked with the finest wines and liquor. As for the food offered at Grind+Grape, not many places can beat it for quality as well as variety. Baked goods from our award-winning sister store ‘Frosting’ are always on mouth-watering display. The menu itself is filled with Italian inspired cuisine such as flatbreads and Caprese Salad as well as cheese boards and other delicious delicacies. Last but not least, Grind+Grape is proud to offer you live music every single day of the week. We believe local music is something to be supported and cherished, so many of the musicians booked at Grind are Vero Beach natives. So whether you have lived in Vero your whole life or you’re just on vacation, we hope to see you at Grind+Grape, where versatility and quality meet.

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