Aaron Fuller is the former executive chef at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s exclusive Florida retreat. No matter what your political view you are certain to cast your vote in favor of Chef Fuller’s new venture, Aaron’s Table, which he opened last September in the vibrant Abacoa section of Jupiter, Florida, close to the campus of Florida Atlantic University.
Any restaurant that has “Wine Bar” attached to the name has a lot to live up to. Aaron’s does so with flying colors. The décor can best be described as “funky but comfortable” in fitting with the throwback architecture of the neighborhood. If you prefer your dining al fresco, there is a small outdoor sidewalk patio shaded by the always lovely palm trees lining the picturesque Floridian streetscape.
Arriving with a small group on a Wednesday evening, we were seated quickly and relaxed with pre-dinner cocktails. The menu relies heavily on local farm-raised entrees, and varies with the season. I enjoyed a bacon appetizer, which was served hanging from clothespins, something truly unique in my dining experience. I followed that up with perfectly prepared filet sliders, giving the entire meal a real Florida vibe.
The wine pairings were faultlessly selected, and the service from seating to espresso was impeccable, yet relaxed. Everybody in the party raved about their food, wine and how much fun they had.
Aaron’s table is open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner, but also offers Sunday brunch (which I am betting is an experience in itself). Well worth the trip up A1A to Jupiter.
1153 Town Center Dr.
Jupiter, FL 33458
Located at the Jupiter Inlet Marina, hard by Florida’s famous Route A1A, U-Tiki Beach is the picture-perfect waterfront hangout. Swaying palm trees, lapping waves, and a postcard view of the marina and lighthouse create a great backdrop for some outstanding food and interesting “people watching.”
We stopped in for dinner and were lucky enough to avoid a long wait. However, if you do encounter a crowd you can pass the time aboard a relaxing 30-minute Conch Cruise for just $10 per person. Feel free to bring your cocktails along for the ride.
We started off with sushi and “bang bang” BBQ shrimp, with some crispy calamari thrown into the mix. For our main course we shared a serving of sweet potato crusted “hogfish” snapper with mango salsa – a house specialty. Delicious. We ended the evening lingering over coffee and enjoying the flashing of the Jupiter lighthouse and activity at the marina.
U-Tiki Beach seems like the kind of place where Jimmy Buffet would hang out to chill without even being pestered by the other patrons, who are too busy enjoying the food and view to ask for an autograph.
U-Tiki Beach has a more “formal” sister restaurant – Jetty’s – which is right next door. Look for a review of this waterfront dining spot soon.
1095 N. Highway A1A
Jupiter, FL 33477
I had read several reviews of Uncle Eddie’s and, based on the excellent ratings, I had to try this year-old restaurant. The menu, which listed some Northern Italian staples, looked intriguing and included one of my favorites–a 16 ounce grilled pork chop.
Upon arrival my wife and I were greeted by the owner – the real Uncle Eddie – along with music and singing from the piano bar. The atmosphere was inviting, with low lighting adding a little formality.
The food was outstanding. We started by sharing a linguine vongole, which featured al dente pasta and tender half shell clams. The hot seasoned bread was a perfect complement. Our Caesar salad was made table side by Uncle Eddie himself. The portion was large enough for four but somehow we finished it all.
We could have shared an entrée, but those who know me also know that there is no sharing my pork chop. My wife ordered the chicken piccata which proved to be delicious. In addition to the pork chop I ordered a side of rigatoni with oil and garlic. The pork ranks up there with my all-time favorite which I had in Austin earlier this year.
The wine list is not extensive but ample and the prices of the wine and dinner very appropriate for the value received.
I confess that neither of us was able to finish our meal. But we revisited our dinner for lunch the next day. Still delicious – a sure sign of a great Italian meal.
We plan on becoming regulars at Uncle Eddie’s in the hope that, over time, he will adopt us.
4050 South US Highway 1, #307
Jupiter, FL 33477
Fish from the boat straight to the grill.
1001 N. A1A
The “Woods” in the name is none other than Tiger Woods, the once (and future?) top golfer in the world. This elegantly appointed eatery, located just off the Intracoastal Waterway, is Tiger’s first venture into the restaurant business, and he clearly picked his partners well. This is one of the classier sports bars you’ll ever find. My recommendation is to make a reservation to sit in the bar area to soak in the ambience and take in a game on one of dozens of big screen televisions.
As for the food, it is up to par. (Sorry, couldn’t resist!) I found the center cut pork chop to be excellent. The flatbread pizzas are also a cut above. The beer list was a little shortsighted. But, then again, how many sports bars have a cigar list?
129 Soundings Ave.