By Anna-Marie Menhenott
JENSEN BEACH -- With the picturesque Indian River as a backdrop, a warm, comfortable dining atmosphere and delightfully prepared dishes to feast on, Tony Roma's in Jensen Beach has all of its bases covered.
My dining companion and I visited Tony Roma's on a weekday afternoon. The outside area, which offers a stunning view of the Indian River, along with a delightful breeze and conformable seating, was nearly full. The spacious area was shaded from the sun, yet let patrons enjoy the wonderful Florida weather.
We decided to enjoy our meal in one of the spacious dining areas.
The bar, which included gorgeous views and a piano, was busy with folks relishing in the friendly, lively atmosphere. The upscale dining area had an inviting charm, which had a warm, comforting feel to it.
Our attentive server, Gary Horn, suggested we begin our late lunch with kickin' shrimp. We enjoyed the complimentary bread and herb butter, until the amazing appetizer was brought out. The tender, lightly fried shrimp were served on a large martini glass of salad and topped with an incredible spicy cream sauce. The sauce also doubles as a dressing for the salad.
For our main course, I chose the steak medallions with loaded mashed potatoes and my companion decided to try Tony Roma's specialty, baby back ribs.
I chose to top each of my medallions differently. There are quite a few varieties of gourmet toppings, but I decided on Bourbon BBQ onions, wild mushrooms and asiago crust. Other varieties include Cabernet Demi glaze and peppercorn sauce. I couldn't pick a favorite among the flavors. Each was so unique, and offered incredible bursts of flavor.
The loaded mashed potatoes included cheddar cheese, bacon and chives and were the perfect accompaniment to the tender steak.
The meal comes with choice of soup and salad.
My companion's baby back ribs were simply incredible. The ribs are served with a choice of sauces such as TR's Original, Carolina Honeys, Blue Ridge Smokies, Makers Mark Bourbon BBQ and Tony Roma's Red Hots. The ribs we chose were covered in Carolina Honeys and were so tender the meat practically fell of the bone. The ribs are served with coleslaw and a choice of side. Soup or salad can be added for an additional cost.
Other rib varieties include St. Louis ribs and beef short ribs. Each comes with choice of sauce and sides.
As were enjoying our meal, Mr. Horn asked us to save room for dessert. He brought out a menu of sweet treats and described each one. We decided to try the dessert trio, which invites guests to sample three desserts.
We decided to try the red velvet cake, chocolate chunk cookie sandwich and the pecan cupcake, which is a warm vanilla cupcake cut in two, topped with sugar coated pecans with caramel sauce drizzled across the top.
To say these desserts were incredible is selling them short. They were the perfect end to a perfect meal.
Tony Roma's has live music on the weekends and has daily drink specials.
Tony Roma's of Jensen Beach is located at 3750 N.E. Indian River Drive. They open at 11 a.m. seven days a week for lunch and dinner. For more information, call (772) 225-6327.