The Tides continues to impress

Written by Maribeth Renne 5/8/2017

Appearing in the Vero Beach Press Journal

The Tides fine dining restaurant is in its 18th year in Vero Beach.

Never resting on its laurels, this restaurant just gets better and better.

Chef owner Leanne Kelleher runs a tight, but friendly ship. From the moment you enter the front patio of the converted house, you are made to feel welcomed and appreciated. The mix of young and seasoned staff is well trained and professional. The restaurant is simple, but beautifully appointed.
Diners have gotten the message this is some place special, too. I never have seen a man without a collared shirt dining there. Women are dressed casually, but with attention paid to their garb.
The stage is set for a lovely evening, but the star of the show is Zagat-rated cuisine.

In addition, The Tides is a frequent winner of the Wine Spectator Award, so we started our evening with a glass of wine. Regardless of our entrée choice, we wanted to have cabernet sauvignon. We knew we couldn't go wrong with the house wine ($9), a Washington Hills wine, and enjoyed each sip. Our guest tried the Meritage ($14) and enjoyed the smooth, silky texture and taste.

My husband shared sublime spoon fulls (but not too many!) from the nice-sized bowl of creamy lobster bisque ($12) and our guest and I shared the tropical salad ($14) with bits of tropical fruits, nuts and coconut over fresh greens with a raspberry vinaigrette. Breaded and fried balls of goat cheese provided a nice tangy bite in the salad. Our server, Joni, overheard us say we would share and considerately had the salad split in the kitchen.

With three of us dining together, we decided to choose a meat, a fish and a chicken dish and share bites.
My husband's expression was bliss at first bite of the tantalizingly seasoned and grilled medium New York strip steak ($35) in red pepper butter with French fried onions atop and served with scalloped potatoes and the day's vegetables of green beans and carrots.

A special that evening was hogfish ($38), something none of us had tried. Joni explained that although it didn't have a pretty name, it had a "pretty taste."

We certainly agreed this large portion of delicate, moist fish fit her description. It was served with grilled shrimp in a buttery sauce over a bed of potatoes and vegetables.

The most visually appealing dish was the herb-crusted chicken breast ($28) rolled with a filling of prosciutto, mozzarella and spinach, sliced and arranged in a pool of lemon butter. Rounding out the attractive plate were vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes.

From the dessert tray, we chose a berry tart ($10) with a tender crust and cinnamon berry filling topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

As reported by Kelly Tyko at TCPalm back in March, The Tides may be moving to a larger building closer to the beach. But for now, be sure to make a reservation. This is indeed a popular dining destination.

Maribeth Renne dines anonymously at the expense of Treasure Coast Newspapers for #TCPalmSocial. Contact her at maribeth.d.renne@gmail.com or follow @mebpeb on Twitter.

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