Local eatery holding grand opening July 13
By Anna-Marie Menhenott
MARTIN COUNTY -- Stuart Grill & Ale is not your typical sports bar.
Although the walls are adorned with flat-screen televisions, showing everything from major league baseball to Nascar, there's a lot more to discover inside the long-standing restaurant.
Since 1997, Stuart Grill & Ale has been a staple for sports enthusiasts, hungry families and those who want to enjoy some time relaxing on the eateries covered deck. However, those who haven't visited in a while are in for a treat.
Under new ownership and management, SGA has undergone numerous renovations, from a cozy Tiki area with live music, comfortable couches and a full outside bar, to a menu that is out of this world.
Inside the restaurant, patrons will find a game area with dart boards, another full bar, and plenty of comfortable seating for families.
"This restaurant offers the best of everything," said Janet Fier, head of sales and marketing for the restaurant. "The restaurant is completely renovated and we've worked hard to incorporate environments that please everyone. Whether it's a family night, football on a Sunday, happy hour or live music on the patio, all aspects have been covered."
The menu is another feature that has been revamped. Though typical pub-fare can be ordered, many will be delighted to discover that executive chef Joseph Luongo has added incredible dishes fit for a king.
"This is really up-scale dining with a sports bar atmosphere," said Joe Luongo, executive chef. "If a group of people want to sit in the Tiki area and someone wants to order seared duck breast, and someone else wants a hamburger, and someone else wants steak Alise, and one of the children wants chicken fingers, they all can have what they desire. There's really no question where to go for dinner anymore."
Those who want to head out for an enjoyable afternoon of live music and appetizers surely won't be disappointed by the choice of starters.
After my dining companion and I were seated at one of the spacious tables, we were given a generous helping of minestrone soup. The homemade specialty was full of beans and fresh vegetables, and an incredible broth that tasted as good as any homemade soup.
The next appetizer we were given was as much of a visual delight as it was a flavorful one. The crispy tuna rolls were exquisite. The rolls contained seared tuna, cucumber, carrots and lettuce, and were served with a seaweed salad, soy sauce, ginger and wasabi. This was my first time trying seared tuna, but thanks to Mr. Luongo's expertise, it won't be my last.
The steak Alise was something Mr. Luongo wanted me and my dining companion to try. The steak was grilled to absolute perfection and topped with browned gorgonzola cheese, tomatoes and fried onion straws. The tender steak melted in my mouth, and the combination of flavors from the cheese and onions turned each bite into a delight. The steak was complemented with rice pilaf and a freshly steamed vegetable medley.
"We're changing the menu all the time. We're adding things that you'd be surprised to find," said Mr. Luongo. "You won't be disappointed with lunch or dinner here. You can even come for dessert. We'll be adding deep fried cheesecake to the menu. It's incredible."
Other menu items include pizza, calamari, nachos, wings, a cheese plate, an Asian infusion mahi dinner, spinach and artichoke soup and many other culinary delights.
Stuart Grill & Ale will host a grand opening to give the public a taste of what's new at the establishment. There will be live music, food tasting, drink specials and items for children. The event will take place July 13, from open to close.
There are different events each night of the week including no limits Texas Hold 'em, ladies night, karaoke and darts.
Stuart Gill & Ale is located at 1630 S.E. Federal Highway, in Stuart. For more information, call (772) 223-1978.