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Rio Coco Cafe, Vero Beach – What a gem!

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Finally, a new post!  It seems like it’s been ages since I had posted anything.  Terrible, I know.  So what’s been going on with me?  Work, traveling, trying to be healthy and enjoy life.  During my little travels to Vero Beach, FL I found a cute little coffee shop.  There’s just something I love about coffee shops.  The smell of fresh roasted coffee beans, the relaxing atmosphere, it’s just a good place for a quick mental getaway.

 

RioCocoExteriorRioCocoCounterRio Coco Cafe has all that and it’s been around for over a year.  Don’t let the exterior fool you, the inside is full of goodness!  It’s located in a shopping plaza near the Vero Beach Airport.

When you walk in the atmosphere is instantly welcoming, filled with the smells of roasted coffee.  I absolutely love coffee shops and this place doesn’t disappoint.

The staff is extremely helpful and friendly!  There’s a food menu, drink menu and a coffee beans menu.  The food menu consists of breakfast items, salads, paninis and wraps.  I’m at a coffee place so you know I’ve got to try some of the coffee here!  White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Espresso Drink it is!  Sweet, strong and tasty.  Not a bad way to get the day started.

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RioCocoKaraBeanSaladI ordered the Kara Bean Salad with Chicken and my boyfriend ordered the Pesto Chicken Panini.  The Kara Bean Salad ($7.01) is vegan and gluten free unless you decide to add additional items to it.  I added chicken for an additional 2 dollars.  This is a vibrant salad with spinach, romaine lettuce, shredded red cabbage, black beans, corn, mandarin oranges, almonds, Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.  This salad had great texture and was very hearty.

 

RioCocoChickenPestoPaniniThe Chicken Pesto Panini ($7.24) has chicken, roasted red pepper, mozzarella, and pesto.  The wraps and sandwiches come with multi-grain flax chips and a pickle.  This was another filling menu item but not overly filling where you want to take a nap after lunch.

 

RioCocoFlankSteakSaladThere are two flank steak items listed with fairly close prices.  The Flank Steak Salad ($7.48) and the Flank Steak Panini ($7.71).  The Flank Steak Salad has steak, spinach, romaine lettuce, sweet peppers,red onions, tomatoes, and balsamic vinaigrette.  The Flank Steak Panini consists of french bread, steak, red onions, horseradish sauce, and RC sauce.

RioCocoFlankSteakPaniniI found the salad to have more flavor and more content than the Flank Steak Panini.

 

 

 

 

RioCocoCoffeeRoasterYou’ll notice their slogan, “good coffee, great cause.”  The folks at Rio Coco Cafe call their coffee 100% humanic.  That’s right, “humanic”, not organic or fair trade.  They have a nifty little video about it on YouTube if you have the time to watch.  Basically the profits that Rio Coco Cafe earns goes to help children and teachers in Nicaragua that are involved with Project Ezra.  The coffee is roasted in small batches, in house.

Overall the food is good and the service is great, but you should really come here for the coffee.   If you aren’t in the local area to try the coffee, you can always order coffee from their website Rio Coco Beans.


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Smokehouse BBQ Grill in Vero Beach:Best Braised Cabbage

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SmokehouseBBQGrillInteriorSome days, I just get a craving for some good ole barbeque.  Smokehouse BBQ Grill on US 1 in Vero Beach not only has some great BBQ but some amazing sides as well.  Smokehouse BBQ Grill used to be called Fatboys back in the day but over time with the change of owners, the name has changed as well.

The interior is fairly basic, some booths and wooden decor.  The music overheard was 80’s music.

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The menu has BBQ, steaks, salads, sandwiches and homemade desserts.  I didn’t order a salad but from what I saw, the salads were a good hefty size.  For an appetizer I had the fried okra ($5.49).  Nothing amazing to make note of, just some fried okra served with ranch.  I also felt like it was overpriced for the amount we received.

When I’m at a bbq place, I gotta get some sweet tea!  The sweet tea here is more like SWEEEEEET tea.  Not enough tea flavor for me and tasted like straight up sugar water.

My friend and I each ordered the 1/2 rack and a Smokehouse BBQ meat.  There were so many options, I really had a hard time deciding.  So he ordered the Baby Back Ribs with the sliced beef ($16.99) and I had the St. Louis Ribs with the Carolina ($14.99).  The Carolina is a mixture of pulled beef and pulled pork combined and tossed in the mild sauce.

The sides available are french fries, BBQ beans, mac & cheese, coleslaw, hot or cold cabbage, macaroni salad and potato salad.  They also have sweet potato fries for an additional $0.50.

SmokehouseBBQGrillBabyBackRibsBeefBeansColeslawThis is the 1/2 rack of Baby Back Ribs. sliced beef, BBQ beans, coleslaw, and garlic toast.  The baby back ribs were tender and full of flavor.  I could have just eaten the ribs without sauce.  The smokiness was great!  The sliced beef was just as how it sounds, very lean tasting.  The bbq beans were alright and the coleslaw wasn’t too shabby either.  The garlic toast… MMMM…. Anything garlic is excellent in my book.  I really enjoyed the toast because it was full of flavor without being greasy.  Eating ribs is greasy enough, I don’t like my bread oily so the garlic toast was perfect!

SmokehouseBBQGrillStLousRibsCarolinaCabbageMacCheeseThis is the small portion of St. Louis style Ribs, Carolina meat, Smokehouse hot cabbage and macaroni and cheese, and garlic toast.  The St. Louis style ribs were great too.  It really comes down to your personal preference when it comes to ribs.  I thought both were really enjoyable.  The Carolina meat would be great for sandwiches.  The hot cabbage was my favorite item of all.  Seriously, amazing tasting cabbage!!  Tender braised cabbage, bacon, and onions with a slight sweetness.  Anything with bacon is amazing, am I right?  The macaroni and cheese was a bit underwhelming for me.

The sauces they have here is Mild, Hot, Sweet, and Mustard.  I made a mixture of about 40% Hot, 40% Sweet and 20% Mustard.

 

Man, so much food!  But I couldn’t turn down the homemade desserts.  Smokehouse BBQ Grill has cookies ($0.50 each), banana creme pie, coconut creme pie, peanut butter pie, key lime pie, pecan pie and peanut butter with chocolate chips pie for $3.50 each.  The server said the peanut butter pie was the most popular but she liked the banana creme pie the most.  Sounds like a fine idea to me!  Wow, this is some good pie!  They always say a good crust makes a good pie and this certainly was tasty.  Along with a side of coffee, I was a happy camper.

 

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Overall, the food is good here although certain items are slightly overpriced.  The best thing was the cabbage, I think it’s worth just ordering on its own and nothing else.  Well, maybe some pie too.  :)

 

http://smokehousebbqgrill.com/

 

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Tiki Bar & Grill in Sebastian

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If you’re ever in the Treasure Coast area and want to go somewhere for an all around good time then Tiki Bar & Grill is an ideal choice.  Located on Indian River Drive, Tiki Bar & Grill has an enjoyable view day or night.  It is outdoor seating with live music every weekend.  The pricing is pretty good too, nothing over $10.

TikiBarGrillGarlicShrimpTikiBarGrillFishTacosTiki Bar & Grill’s menu consists mostly of sandwiches and bar food.  All of the entrées come with two sides.  You have your pick of cole slaw, french fries, potato salad, or macaroni salad.  I had the Garlic Butter Shrimp ($9) as an appetizer which was more garlicky than I had anticipated (yum!).  Served with toasted bread on the side, you make your own little crostinis.  My friend ordered the Fish Tacos ($9).  The fish was blackened mahi accompanied with spinach, onions, tomatoes and cheese.  This was a tasty meal.

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I had the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich ($8.50) which consisted mozzarella cheese, bacon and blue cheese.  It was a good sized sandwich and full of flavor.  The bun was nicely toasted and the blue cheese wasn’t overwhelming.  I’m a saucy gal but this had enough flavor that I didn’t need to douse it with something.  The cole slaw was pretty good as well, very “KFC-esque.”  I’m pretty content with the sandwich I ordered along with the Watermelon Mojitos that I drank.

 

TikiBarGrillViewTikiBarGrillDockThere’s an area where you can play cornhole, enjoy your drinks, watch some sports games.  Or if you’re more like me, just enjoy the water view.  The music playing the evening I went was all classic rock.  Definitely a relaxing atmosphere.  This really is a place where you can go and just feel like you’re getting away!

 

 

Be sure to check out Tiki Bar & Grill’s website for latest news like live music performances and any other event they may have.

http://sebastiantiki.com/index.php

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