Tish Boyle's Review of The Braford Steakhouse

by Tish Boyle Dec 2018 Also on Digital Edition

Tish Boyle's Review of The Braford Steakhouse

The recent opening of The Braford Steakhouse in Fort Pierce has added a real spark to the redevelopment of the historic downtown area. The restaurant is a joint venture between the Adams family and the developer of The Galleria of Pierce Harbor, the upscale shopping center in which The Bradford is located.

The Braford features natural antibiotic- and hormone-free beef (Braford cattle) bred at the Adams Ranch, located just 20 miles from the restaurant.

The decor is eclectic, with colorful cowboy-themed pop-art-style murals, chandeliers crafted from wine bottles and a sleek bar adjacent to an open kitchen in the rear.

The menu is traditional, executed under the direction of talented executive chef Gregg DeAquair. We started with a classic shrimp cocktail served in a martini glass. The jumbo shrimp were crisp and succulent, and the cocktail sauce had just the right zing. Next, I ordered the 20-ounce dry-aged ribeye, medium-rare, with a side of bearnaise sauce. Dry aging, which concentrates the flavor of the meat, gave the steak a slightly nutty note. It was flavorful and juicy. My husband chose the 20-ounce Chateaubriand, which was tender and had a charred exterior and a rosy interior.

Entrees come with a choice of soup or salad. I tried the sweet potato crab bisque, which was loaded with crab meat and had a slight kick from the cayenne. For sides, we sampled the creamed spinach, made with a touch of pecorino cheese, and the home-style garlic mashed potatoes.

We indulged in a delicious house-made peanut butter pie for dessert, which was studded with chunks of Butterfinger bars.

Dining at the Braford is a delightful experience, and when an occasion warrants a visit, it’s well worth a splurge.

The Braford Steakhouse; 100 S. Second St., Fort Pierce; 772.882.9131; thebraford.com

The Braford Steakhouse

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