For The Best Claws And Ribs
Stone crab is arguably Florida's greatest culinary delicacy, yet during its too short October-to-May season, many so-called seafood restaurants serve the claws frozen. Not so at Prawnbrokers Grill (3754 Southeast Ocean Boulevard, Stuart; 561-288-1222), a place with comfortable booths, a brief but affordable wine list and a terrific kitchen. Within fifteen minutes of Hutchinson Island's beachside Indian River Plantation Marriott Resort (definitely the place to stay), there are several excellent dining options. Prawnbrokers is closest. Farther into Stuart, in a section of the old downtown where the turn-of-the-century architecture has been restored, is the Flagler Grill (47 Southwest Flagler Avenue; 561-221-9517). It has an ambitious wine list and menu, but the period decor cries out for martinis and rare steak. One street north, across from the Lyric Theater, is the Black Marlin (53 West Osceola Street; 561-286-3126), small, friendly, unannounced--there is no sign outside, only a stuffed marlin--and a real find. Try the grouper fingers and crab cakes. The most acclaimed fare can be found at 11 Maple Street (3224 Northeast Maple Avenue, Jensen Beach; 561-334-7714). Newcomers may feel a strong inclination to try everything on the appetizer list--the pan-fried conch with balsamic vinegar and lime is a signature starter. The entrees are equally compelling, from vegetarian selections to duck, striped sea bass, venison and tuna. If you prefer to eat with a bib, there is Smoky's Real Pit Bar-B-Q (1002 Southeast St. Lucie Boulevard, Bridge Plaza, Port St. Lucie; 561-337-6365)--a symphony in Formica and bright enough for a police interrogation, but the ribs are great.
PGA Golf Club at the Reserve/PGA's Country Club at St. Lucie West: Tee times available three days in advance, further in advance through local hotels. Club rental available. Call 800-800-4653.
Eagle Marsh Golf Club: Tee times available three days in advance. Greens fee $66, mandatory cart included. Club rental available. Call 561-692-3322.
Ballantrae Golf & Yacht Club: Tee times available eight days in advance. Club rental available. Call 561-337-5315.
The Champions Club At Summerfield: Tee times available seven days in advance. Club rental available. Call 561-283-1500.
The Legacy Golf & Tennis Club: Tee times available on a very limited basis; reciprocal membership is helpful. Club rental available by arrangement. Call 561-466-7895.