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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Address: 2025 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949
Open Daily from 11:00 am till 10:00 pm | Happy Hour Everyday from 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm