Harbor Cove Bar and Grill in Ft. Pierce Florida was the immediate response we got from Chris, the owner of the Mellon Patch Inn on N. Hutchinson Island Florida when we asked about waterfront dining. And with it being only a 5 minute drive we immediately called for reservations.
We knew if it was Chris’ favorite place that it had to be good. But we were not expecting a dining experience quite as wonderful as what we had.
Since there is no indoor seating we were asked if we wanted to be under roof or by the marina. We chose to sit along the rail that separates Harbor Cove Bar and Grill from the marina itself. We were blown away by how beautiful the setting was. With all of the boats, the water and the moon putting on a show just for us. As you would expect the ambiance is casual but the food is the big surprise. The kitchen staff makes sure to present each dish with care and artistry.
We decided to select three starters and share an entrée. Steve and I really love eating this way because we can taste so many more offerings and often still have room for dessert. I think somehow it makes us feel less guilty about indulging in a sweet ending. There were so many fantastic sounding appetizers, both hot and cold, that it was not an easy decision. But after much debate we selected the Philly Cheese Steak Flatbread, Coconut Shrimp and the Crab Queso Dip which was a wonderful and very rich combination of claw and lump crabmeat and a blend of cheeses all melted together in gooey harmony and served with tortilla chips.
And for our main we shared the Filet and Shrimp Pasta and certainly made the right choice. The dish consisted of tender Brasstown grass fed filet of beef, jumbo sautéed shrimp, asparagus and sun dried tomatoes a creamy gorgonzola sauce served over Cavatappi pasta and accompanied by garlic toasts. And yes. It did taste just as good as it sounds!
Before our dessert came I looked out at the marina and the sky that had been quite black due to cloud cover. Suddenly a bright light started to appear and I really thought it was a boat’s beacon until the clouds moved out of the way to reveal an almost full moon. It was so huge and bright that it was really spectacular!!! And then in an instant it was gone. Covered by clouds and back to darkness. But the fleeting glimpse was wonderful entertainment. Only surpassed by the luscious Key Lime Pie.