Thursday, September 16, 2010

Harry's and the Natives - Good and Funky in Hobe Sound, Florida


Harry’s and the Natives
US 1 and Bridge Road (west side of US 1)
Hobe Sound, Florida
Breakfast     Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Lunch          Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dinner         Tuesday-Saturday: 5-9 p.m.
Sunday        Breakfast only 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

By Jane Feehan

Can’t get enough of that funky stuff… so go the lyrics from a 70s Kool and the Gang song and probably what most patrons of Harry’s and the Natives would say about the mood of this roadside eatery.

Earthy remarks greet customers on signs and menus like “Warning: We cheat tourists, drunks and attorneys” or “Never eat in a restaurant next to a pet store.”  A life size camel and bigger-than-life size figure of Marilyn Monroe in a pink hard hat are just a few of the funky “art” pieces throughout. All in good fun, it’s reminiscent of the 50s and 60s when the outlandish beckoned tourists.

Harry’s first opened (different owners and name) in 1941 as a road stop replete with cabins and a filling station; today, under the management of owner Harry MacArthur, it’s probably the busiest place in Hobe Sound. Patronized by blue and white collar types and the ├╝ber rich of Jupiter Island, it’s the place to go to catch up on local news and gossip – and sup on good food.

The menu features the basics: burgers, salads, chicken, pork and steaks. A few gems, like house-made quiche and other baked items heighten culinary interest. Harry’s isn’t for the epicurean but their food keeps business booming.

Indoor and patio seating available; live music scheduled during winter months. Beer and wine. Service: excellent. Say hello to Harry and his mother, Pauline, who  helps run the place.

Copyright ©2010. Jane Feehan. All rights reserved.

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