The Basics: Ian's Tropical Grill, 927 N, US 1 Ft Pierce. (North of downtown Ft Pierce on the west side of US 1) Reservations reccommended at least on weekends, other than that, I'm not sure. Phone: 772-595-5535 Current little bonus deal: They seem to be offering a free movie ticket if you dine at the restaurant on Mondays-- nice bonus for a great meal anyway...
We ate there this evening (friday at 8:30). It was packed, and our reservation got bumped about 20 minutes from when we arrived and we waited in a terribly cramped foyer. Granted, there were tables where we could have waited outside, but it was strangely cold/windy this evening, and I wasn't up to it.
From what i've heard/seen from outside, I expected better than average food in a divey little diner type restaurant. But when we walked in, I was pleasantly suprised. Cozy, yes, but quite well done in a classy-informal-carribbean way. Really, the best I can imagine doing with such a small diner type place off US 1.
While waiting, we looked over the 4? page wine list--very extensive, but I can't speak to the overall quality of the wine list as I'm not that educated in the better wines and their years. My husband did however pick a great wine for our appetizer and bread course. A 1998 Hartford Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley in CA paired really well with the excellent whole bean/salsa dip with the tortilla chips and my pan seared conch appetizer. The Conch was really good. Get it. Chad had the blackened shrimp martini cocktail. He liked it and said something about it reminded him of Korean Kim Chee.
I ordered the Onion Crusted Dolphin which was good and Chad ordered the Macadamia Nut encrusted Snapper, also quite good. The side vegetables were tender crisp as I love them.
By the way, when the restaurant is packed, it is Really Loud. But when things begin to clear out, the noise level really falls off.
We finished off dinner with a great Chocolate Pate (think dense, heavy mousse). It came presented in a chocolate and rasberry sauce with a perfectly ripe and very tasty strawberry above all. I had the Warres Warrior Special Reserve Port and Chad had the Inniskillin Icewine. The great thing about both these desert wines is that his Icewine brought out the fruit in the dessert, especially the strawberry, and mine (which smelled overwhelmingly of chocolate in the first place) made the dense chocolate that much more rich.
I was really lamenting (in regard to restaurants) our recent move from St Paul Minnesota to (Blah, chain filled suburban) S Florida, but Ian's really gives me comfort. And hope...