As we were making our way towards the John Dickinson State Park, we were keeping an eye out for a place to have dinner before getting to our vacation accomodation.
The Waffle Jr. had just woken up and was, also, eager for dinner. We made an infructuous stop at Duffy’s Sports Grill on Indiantown road in Jupiter (The parking lot was full, it was Friday Night, it was a Sports grill – we though better than bringing in a starving baby).
We kept going North on Highway 1, until a colourful sign attracted our attention. We were at Pep’s Island Grill in Tequesta, Florida.
It being Florida, we decided that despite the cool evening, we had to have our first vacation meal outside. Pep’s has a very large deck, surrounded by palm trees and going all the way around the corner. There is also a Tiki bar at the back. As we set up, we noticed how the interior seating was not very appealing, looking more like a roadside diner, but the patio was certainly more interesting. And considering the time of day, the road traffic noise was very limited.
There were three other tables occupied on the deck, but we had to go inside to indicate our presence – it seems that no one had noticed us, even though at least two staffers came to look after their tables. Hopefully, this was not a sign of the service to come.
Pep’s Menu features $10 Real Deals: A starter, an entrée and a dessert – the selection includes Jumbo Crab Cakes, Lamp Chops and Chicken Picata. Not a bad deal at all, but we took a pass.
Melissa went for the Dozen Shrimp, half grilled, half tempura ($13.50). With her dish came two sides of her choice, she went for the Lobster Mac and Cheese and the Garlic Mash.
But first, a starter was included and she got the Bimini Salad.
I can only assume that this salad is from the Bahamas, Bimini being the closest point in the Bahamas to mainland USA – about 80 kms East of Miami.
On a bed of greens were some tomatoes, green peppers, mango, pecans, with a honey poppy seed dressing. Interesting, different.
The shrimp were very good, especially the grilled ones, lightly seasoned and greatly smoked. They were cooked to perfection and simply melted in the mouth.
The tempura shrimp were also quite good – golden, crispy, yet tender on the inside.
Both types were good with lemon, or with the cocktail sauce but the tartare sauce that also came with was heavy and masked the shrimp’s delicate flavour.
As for the sides, the garlic mash were correct, but the star was definetely the lobster mac and cheese. Creamy, with good chunks of lobster and a bread crumb and parmesan topping, it was quite good. It would make a very rich main if it were available as such.
I ignored the main menu and had to try a Florida Delicacy currently available at Pep’s: I ordered a pound and a half of Florida Stone Crab claws, medium size ($25.90). They came with two sides as well, and I picked the coleslaw and the Grilled Asparagus with Chinola Sauce. Continue reading »
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