PORT ST. LUCIE DINING
While there are some menu offerings that are more traditionally
Portuguese, Dovale makes sure to offer a variety of
“I want everyone to be able to come in and choose something
off our menu,” Dovale says. “While I am Portuguese,
I also love many types of food. I try to add an Italian, Greek
or Spanish touch to some of my recipes. Besides seafood, we
have veal, chicken, pork and steak.”
The Steak Portuguese is a hearty dish of a flawlessly panfried
Black Angus New York sirloin. It is topped with a slice
of Portuguese prosciutto, a fried egg and a tantalizing garlic
and beer sauce. The steak is served with a side of housemade,
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thinly sliced and very lightly fried potatoes.
Fernando’s Dockside Grille will be celebrating seven years
in business this April. It is ranked as the No. 1 restaurant in
Port St. Lucie on Tripadvisor, has been awarded certificates of
excellence from 2016 to 2019. And it was recently awarded a
Traveler’s Choice award for 2020.
With the pandemic, he has shortened hours and is closed
two days a week. They are taking it one day at a time.
Fernando’s has a very loyal clientele, so while he has seen
a decrease in patrons, it has not been too bad. He is staying
positive and hopeful.
“I really enjoy what I do, and I am proud that we are one of
the area’s few, truly family-owned restaurants,” Dovale says.
“You don’t see a lot of those around anymore. I have my few
staff members that are my right hand, reliable and loyal.”
Fernando’s has most certainly cemented a place in the
local food industry and paved the way for a more culturally
diverse Port St. Lucie. E
Dovale has reopened his
doors with limited hours due
to the pandemic, so diners
have been able to enjoy the
outdoor dining area and
remain socially distanced.