Vero Beach Florida

Treadwell’s Travels – Destination: Sammy’s, Vero Beach

Sammy’s Mediterranean Cafe, Vero Beach Florida

 

Running errands and approaching lunch time, the decision of where to go that I had not been before? I remembered that a friend mentioned Sammy’s. I confessed that I’d never heard of it?

Walking into Sammy’s Mediterranean Cafe, the first impression is basic and efficient in appearance. When the server came to the table, it was immediately confirmed the staff was also efficient. The server was nice, polite, young, and apparently unexperienced. She did keep the water and iced tea glasses full and the table clear. Efficiency in motion, although she had not yet developed a strong personality which can be helpful in the service industry. Starting with Kalamata Olive Humus and Grilled Eggplant, both were Fabulous choices. Both were presented more like a white table cloth restaurant, in a simple, non-pretentious, very casual cafe.

The true test for Fabulous is flavor, and neither disappointed. The humus rich and creamy, drizzled with tasty olive oil and accompanied with pita for dipping. The grilled eggplant slices topped with sliced tomatoes were crisp and flavorful. Both are appetizers that I would definitely order again.

 

 

For my main course, I selected a dish described perfectly and one I had tried previously, so it was an easy decision. My dish was Lentils Over Brown Rice topped with grilled onions. Fabulous perfection on a plate! The onions had been cooked to cartelized (dried) perfection, and topping the lentils that were still firm, yet completely cooked sitting on top of the fluffy brown rice. The seasoning was spot on, making this dish a must have upon my return to Vero Beach. The most unexpected pleasant surprise so far on my visit is Sammy’s. Do not expect tablecloths. Although the light fixtures are Fabulous, they need to decide what color bulbs to use, cool or warm, since they distracted from the beautiful and unexpected lighting in this otherwise plain decor.  In short, Sammy’s is plain, simple service, yet Fabulous Food.

Sammy’s Mediterranean Cafe – 1130 20th Pl, Vero Beach, FL 32960 /  (772) 217-3897

Treadwell’s Travels – Destination Vero Beach – Tea and Chi

Tea and Chi, Vero Beach Florida

 

After a walk on the beach, I wanted lunch so we headed for Tea and Chi, in downtown Vero Beach Florida.  Tea and Chi  just a short drive from the beach to it’s 14th Street location, and well worth the drive. I truly enjoy tea more than coffee which is why I start my morning with hot tea, rather than the traditional java. Tea and Chi is the most eclectic shop I have visited in a long time. To focus on a single item can be a challenge, as there are many items to capture your attention like a twinkling star in the night sky. The limited menu is hand written on a board above the check out stand. Soups and sandwiches predominate with sprinklings of other offerings. I selected one of the soups, split pea and ham with a humus pita. To drink I asked for an iced tea.

My traditional black tea, freshly brewed arrived in about 5 minuets and was Fabulous. The soup and sandwich arrived shortly there after. The soup was Fabulous, thick and rich, seasoned to perfection. The humus pita, a sandwich I had not experienced previously, was also Fabulous. The humus was creamy and flavorful and generously sprinkled with veggies giving the crunch as well as the mouth feel of the rich humus. I would return on any day when offerings include these Fabulous delights. About half way thru my lunch one of the owners walked in the door and without hesitation said “Good to see you! Welcome back!” Now that’s how you build a business, Fabulous products and a Fabulous memory, especially since I had not been back to Vero Beach and Tea and Chi, for nearly 2 years.

Wanting a bite of something sweet, I selected the baclava and a pecan delight, both decadent and Fabulous. The perfect ending to a perfect lunch. My only disappointment was they were no longer offering the best scones on the planet and the best scone mix on the planet. The owner said she was no longer able to get the only flour she uses for both and would not compromise her standard of perfection.

Prior to departure I could not resist purchasing pounds of the loose tea to take home for a taste of Tea and Chi during my morning ritual. Another must visit when I return to Vero Beach.