Friday, September 24, 2010

Captain Charlie's Reef Grill - where seafood sings in Juno Beach

Captain Charlie’s Reef Grill
12846 US Hwy 1
Juno Beach, FL 33408  (near the split in the road)
Lunch: Monday- Saturday 11:30 A.M.- 3 P.M.
Dinner: Sunday – 5-9:30 p.m.
Dinner: Monday-Friday 5-10 p.m.

By Jane Feehan

Captain Charlie’s Reef Grill – known to most as “the Reef” - tops many lists for best seafood in the area. The focus is on fresh food, great wines and a convivial atmosphere generated by owner Ross Mathison.

Reef Grill
Ross knows fish. His menu features lobster, clams, shrimp, and fresh fish every day that’s cooked up grilled, blackened, sautéed, broiled or fried ($20-24). On occasion, the Reef serves up grouper cheeks, the most coveted part of that fish - excellent. Panko fried scallops rank as some of the best I’ve eaten. Throw in a few of Ross’s creative touches such as mixed vegetable garlic cream, citrus vinaigrette, spicy marinara, or blueberry teriyaki and - presto – the seafood almost sings.

A selection of wines varies on different days. Dinner at the bar may include a sampling of the daily wine recommendation. Sit at the bar to watch cooks in the open kitchen and, if Ross is there that day, engage in some lively conversation with him. He may even share some of his preparation secrets. One thing is certain, no one is rushed from their seat – and that’s a really good thing here. Casual, unpretentious atmosphere. Service: good. Copyright © 2010. Jane Feehan. All rights reserved.
Tags: Seafood restaurants Juno Beach, Jupiter, Florida, casual dining, best seafood Juno Beach, Reef Grill Juno 

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