Saturday, June 26, 2010

Juno Beach Fish House a Florida seafood treat




Juno Beach Fish House
13980 US 1
Juno Beach, Florida 33408
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30
Dinner:  5 P.M.
Sunset Menu:  5-6 p.m.
561-626-2636

By Jane Feehan

After dining for more than a year in New Orleans and along the Mississippi Coast where seafood reigns supreme, I entered the Juno Beach Fish House in South Florida a bit of a skeptic about its quality, creativity and taste.

That skepticism unraveled plate by plate.

House made bread served with seasoned olive oil proved to be a great intro to what was to come. A Juno Fish house salad adorned with fresh chopped tomatoes and cucumber and topped with blue cheese and white vinegrette was excellent. And then the main course: Grouper Piccata (about $20) set atop bow tie pasta dressed with lemon and capers.  The fish was fresh, the portion oversized and it was sautéed perfectly. Maryland Crab Cakes (about $18.00) ordered by a fellow diner were not the star my meal was; they were on the gummy side. But the two sides, whipped sweet potatoes and a fresh (not frozen) vegetable medley were outstanding. To end the meal, we split a crème brulee prepared just right - a browned sugar topping over a room temperature custard.

Hats off to Chef/Owner Glenn Cockburn, once a student at the Culinary Institute at Hyde Park. He takes pride in his menu that includes lobster (half pound for about $20), salads, fresh catch of the day and an array of items for meat eaters.  Juno Beach Fish House, located at the site of a former Denny’s and Howard Johnson’s restaurant, is uncommonly good – and relatively inexpensive. ©2010 Jane Feehan. All rights reserved.

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