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Restaurant brings New England cooking to the south
Rating: 3.69 / 5 (42 votes)  
Posted: 2013 Aug 23 - 06:40

By Brittany Llorente


MICCO -- In a small restaurant a little north of Sebastian, a piece of New England style food awaits.

Sonny's Roast Beef and Seafood opened in May and has already developed a consistent clientele of fans from Boston and all over Massachusetts who crave the authentic food of their hometowns.

For those who have never experienced authentic New England style cuisine, Sonny's is a treat.

Owned by Severio 'Sonny' Raponi and Carol Lewis, the restaurant not only brings its family style charm, but a lifetime of experience.

After working as an executive chef at Hilltop Steak House, a historic restaurant in Massachusetts, Sonny packed up and retired to the sunshine state.

Then, like many retirees, he grew bored and decided to open up his own restaurant.

The duo, with help from family and employees who are like family, greet each customer as they welcome them into their homey-restaurant.

Their attention to detail, remembering customers' names, previous orders and even where they're from makes the dining experience more like eating a big dinner with family.

And when I say a 'big dinner,' I mean it.

If you don't bring your appetite, you haven't come prepared.

We sipped on bottled tea while we tried our starter dish of New England clam chowder - or 'chowdah' for those from Boston.

The creamy combination of flavors was a delight to the taste buds and a plentiful amount of clams.

My companion, who hails from Lynn, Mass., was particularly after the roast beef sandwiches when we arrived.

Sonny served us up both roast beef and hamburger sliders.

The immediate freshness of the meat, the flavor, the preparation of both was incredible.

Burgers everywhere should taste like this. Roast beef never tasted so good.

A quick glance around Sonny's kitchen proves why: he has no freezers.

Without the meat ever being frozen, the flavors stay true to the cut, and you can tell the wealth of the quality in every last bite.

Next was the Captain Sonny's Platter.

This dish's price may look intimidating, but it is anything but.

Gather your friends; you'll need a few to tackle this monstrous meal.

This piled high basket has everything for every fish and seafood lover.

The bottom of the plate is lined with French fries, cut from potatoes through a slicer that same morning, as Sonny believes freshness is the key.

It is then topped with large pieces of fried haddock. Piled on that are fried pieces of calamari, clam strips, shrimp, oysters and scallops.

There is more...

The wonder of this dish is the incredibly large amount of whole-bellied clams. These, without a doubt, are what people travel around for to get.

On top of all that are freshly sliced onion rings.

The batter is nice and light, making way for the freshness of the seafood.

In true summer style, we finished off our meal with a slice of watermelon.

Between my companion and me, we were unable to fully finish the Captain Sonny's Platter, and had to bring it home with us and we ate it for the next two days.

Ms. Lewis boxed up everything for us and sent us on our way with our bellies full and looking forward to leftovers.

Currently there is a summer menu, but Sonny's will have new items soon with additions of lobster and steaks.

The menu also features a children's meal called the 'Dylan's Kid's Meal' named after Sonny's grandson.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Sonny's Roast Beef and Seafood is located at 8820 U.S. 1, Micco.

For more information or take-out, call (772) 664-4443.

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