Fresh Organic Restaurant in Vero Beach hard to find but worth the search
It takes a few moments to “suss out” Fresh Organic Restaurant if you are visiting for the first time.
Located near the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach, the restaurant is tucked away on the right side of the corner plaza at US Route 1 and 37th Street and is easily missed. For those who want organic, homemade, non-GMO foods, it’s worth taking that extra minute to find.
The soups are absolutely sublime, so much so that samples are brought to your table for tasting as soon as you arrive. On the day of our visit, we were greeted with a succulent tomato bisque, spicy black bean soup and savory vegetable soup. We ordered cups of soup ($6) but generous bowls of delicious soup arrived at our table for the price of one cup. Vegetarian and gluten-free soups are offered at the restaurant, and dozens of soup options are frozen and available to take home.
My dining companion was happy to see Roasted Beet and Feta Cheese Flatbread ($17) on the menu. She reveled in the surprising flavors of roasted eggplant, baby spinach, kale and caramelized onions, as well as beets and feta cheese mounted on a large homemade naan bread, spread first with cheese herb cream. It was seasoned with balsamic.
The Rueben fresh fish ($16) was my choice for lunch.
Imagine wild white fish, pickled cabbage, spicy mustard, Thousand Island dressing and perfectly grilled cheese over rye. It was as mouth-watering as it sounds, albeit a little messy, like any good sandwich can be. For my side dish, I chose a kale salad with a nice, slightly sweet dressing. It had a refreshing crunch.
When this restaurant talks about organic fresh, it’s not kidding. Fresh organic also applies to drinks and we particularly enjoyed the iced teas ($4). The fruit mix forever with lightly sweetened iced tea tasted great lemony with a hint of peppermint.
I ordered raw Thai coconut water ($7) but found it sweet and cloying. When my partner shared my dislike of water with the waiter, she quickly offered to switch to another option. I chose Earl Gray green iced tea instead which was wonderfully refreshing.
We were hoping to order dessert but the large and delicious entrees precluded it. There was a Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Cake and a Raw Vegan Carrot Cake on the menu, both $8, which we’ll save room to enjoy next time. There were also offerings of mousse ($8) and cheesecake ($10).
Whether or not you like organic food, you will certainly enjoy the fresh flavors and textures of the Fresh Organic restaurant offerings. Plus, the whitewashed, cool, pastel-colored ambiance is perfect for a girls’ lunch or, for that matter, any lunch.
Fresh organic restaurant
- Kitchen: ORGANIC
- Address: 1880 37th Street, Vero Beach
- Hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday to Friday; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
- Call: 772-925-1940
- Website: organicfreshvero.com