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Sailor's Bread

Sailor’s Bread

By: Dan I. Cook

Last weekend while visiting Stuart Florida, we stayed in a bed and breakfast which is a five minute walk to a restaurant called Sailor’s Return. It’s positioned next to an overpass called the Roosevelt Bridge facing the Sunset Bay Marina & Anchorage.

Sitting in Sailor’s Return and looking out over the marina reminds me of old Fort Lauderdale. When I mean old, I mean the early 70’s Bahia Mar before it became the mega-boat-show-Bahia-Mar. However, inside the restaurant is a present day utopia. Well-appointed with some eye catching artwork and a cool looking waterfall outside.

Happy Hour

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Chicken Salad Sandwich

We went on a Friday afternoon, and not one seat was available at the bar. My wife and I walked outside, and same story. No seats. Instead of getting pissed, I realized this was a great sign that as tourists we have found a good place.

I leaned on the the side rail while my wife sat on the one open chair. “Hey this a great way to lose weight by standing,” I thought to myself. The server came right over and took our drink orders and told us about the happy hour specials. I’m not going to sit here and break them down for you, just show up because they have some great deals. We had a few drinks and BAM! Two seats opened up at the bar. We sat down and started talking with a nice couple who retired from New Jersey. Our server then told us she was from Coconut Creek and we started chit-chatting about Broward County. You can see where I’m going with this; everyone is super friendly. I watched as other folks were getting their food and I told my bride that we had to come back to eat. But since we had to attend a retirement party, we paid our tab and left.

Food

Blackened Mahi Tacos

Blackened Mahi Tacos

We decided to take my in-laws to Sailor’s Return for lunch. They were happy to meet us because they have only been there once for their anniversary a couple of years ago. They felt it was expensive but they loved the food. We ordered smoked fish dip and sailor’s bread, which is described as fresh chopped tomato, garlic, basil, extra virgin olive oil, melted fontina and gorgonzola cheeses served over bread. Basically bruschetta on steroids.

Now the fish dip is made by a local joint called Mrs. Peters. It is served all around Stuart, Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce. It’s a local favorite. I’m not a big fan of this dip because it too fine and has too much mayo for my taste. Many restaurants and bars serve food that is not made in-house. Desserts are a great example of what I’m talking about. But, fish dip? It’s not hard to make this from scratch because I’ve done it and I’m not a chef.  Shit, I’m looking right at the water. You can’t get some damn fresh kingfish and smoke that shit up mix it with a little mayo, some dill relish and some seasonings? That advice goes to all the restaurants that are serving this Mrs. Peters Dip.  By the way, Mrs Peter’s Dip is not bad at all, I think this restaurant can make their own.

Mrs. Peter's Smoked Fish Dip

Mrs. Peter’s Smoked Fish Dip

The sailor’s bread was tasty and original. I’m a big fan of layering flavors without adding lots of salt. This was a great example of taking simple components and making magic.

For the main courses we had, a Mahi sandwich, blackened Mahi tacos, a chicken salad sandwich and a chicken sandwich. I had the tacos and the pieces of Mahi were plentiful and the sauce that was drizzled on top cooled down the blacken seasonings and added a flavor zing to the whole dish. It had a thousand island taste that was thinned out into more of a creamy sauce. Everyone else loved their selections.

Service

Top notch. Our server was Rich and he was so polite as the day is long. I was joking with him as he continued to say, “It’s my pleasure.” I couldn’t help but think of Chick-Fil-A. The employees there always say that, and I often marveled on how polite they are. I told Rich that, and he knew exactly what I was talking about. We had a good chuckle. I was so impressed with him, that I spoke with the manager Michael to give Rich kudos for a job well done.

Verdict

You must come here if you visit Stuart. Shoot, if I lived here I would be a regular. It’s only an hour and a half drive from Coral Springs and it would make a great weekend getaway. Plus, downtown Stuart has some funky shops and cool restaurants right on the water.

At Sailor’s Return, I didn’t see price as an issue because they had a nice summertime menu It had some decent selections with a set price and the drink specials were spot on. Remember to tell Rich and Michael that Dan and Coral Springs Talk sent you and Stay Hungry!

Beers-4

Four beers!

Sailor’s Return

625 SW Anchorage Way
Stuart, FL 34994

Phone: 772-872-7250

Hours

Friday – Saturday 11:30am – 1am
Sunday – Thursday 11:30am – 12am

About Dan I. Cook

avatar Native of Broward, Food Warrior, Beer Ninja, Wine Fraud, and Former Marine. I will give you an honest opinion of my experience. I write for free and I dine with my OWN money. I don't want coupons or gifts. So go screw yourself if you think that will work to make your review better. Whether it's high-end food or the dollar menu, I will steer you in the proper direction. I love Broward and especially the Coral Springs area. I take pride with what I type and I hope you enjoy my twisted take on food reviews or as I call them, Food Stories. LOL. Stay Hungry!

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  • Rob Mullin

    Just wanted to drop a note that I enjoy these local Coral Springs restaurant reviews, despite this particular one being in Stuart. We go out about once a week and are always looking for new places and also other perspectives on some of our favorite haunts. Appreciate the fact that the reviewer tends to give restaurants the benefit of the doubt and provides a coherent thought out review as opposed to so many Yelp reviews which seem to exist only to air complaints.

    • Jeanne M.

      Actually, 78% of Yelp reviews are positive.

      • Dan I Cook

        How much FREE stuff/events have you received/attended from Yelp? Where did you you get that number from?

        • D C

          Most people are capable of searching for information on the interwebs, instead of simply insulting the poster of said information.
          I found corroboration in less that 20 seconds. No small wonder you were denied Elite this year.

          http://www.yelp.com/factsheet

          • Dan I Cook

            Typical Yelp troll. Take your fact sheet, your free parties from Yelp and shove it up your ass.

      • Dan I Cook

        Look at Jeanne sending her Reno Yelp troll here. You are a joke!

    • Dan I Cook

      Thanks! We love Stuart. I have another review ready to for that area too. I set up an adult weekend with 6 couples and we are staying right in downtown at the Old Colorado Inn.