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Best of the Treasure Coast

Years ago, I produced a feature on the best burgers in town. What a blast.

Following the recommendations of clients and friends, I visited 12 restaurants to scope out the best burgers our area had to offer. I’ll never forget savoring a burger topped with bacon and a fried egg called the “Hangover Burger.” (I didn’t do anything the night before to “earn” this remedy, but I might have to have a few glasses of wine before the next time I order it to make sure it really works.)

Each burger was full of flavor, fat and tons of tasty goodies stacked on top. It was a Treasure Coast tour of total caloric indulgence, and it was well worth every juicy bite.

So, welcome to our inaugural “Best of” edition, where we aren’t just limited to burgers, but instead 20 categories voted on by our readers. Thanks to those who participated in the poll. We are excited to do this again next year.

As research for next year’s feature, from December to March we’ll be sampling seafood in Fort Pierce, beef in Okeechobee and vegan treats in Stuart. We’ll also be on the hunt for the best pizza, tacos, breakfasts and cheese steaks. (Any nominees?)

Ah, food glorious food! And beer—craft beer—will also make the menu.

So, welcome to our inaugural “Best of” edition, where we aren’t just limited to burgers, but instead 20 categories voted on by our readers.

It’ll be a tough job, but we’re up for the challenge. And we’ll need help—your help. If you’re interested in taking part in our taste-testing team, please email me.

Of course, it’s not all about things to eat. The “Best Of” categories are wide open. There are the best places to workout (which we’ll need after all that taste testing), best doctors, best dentists, best boutiques, best mechanics, best manicurists and more.

On the topic of bests, one of the most acclaimed photographers on the Treasure Coast, Steven Martine, contributed to this issue. Steven and I have been working together for years. His famous photography is seen all over the world. He recently told me about a trip he was going on to the Galápagos Islands, so I was excited to have the opportunity to have him write for us and take photos. Enjoy this adventure with him on page 32.

S​ummertime isn’t just about pool days and getaways. It’s also when families go on the hunt for their dream homes in ideal school zones. To understand what’s going on in the real estate market, we talk to the top realtors in Martin and St. Lucie counties. They provided insights on the hottest local markets, tips on what buyers want, what sellers should do and what questions you should ask before hiring a realtor.

Finally, a huge shout-out to our own Geoffrey C. Smith. The wildlife sculptor and Stuart resident—whose stunning artwork adorns several locations in downtown Stuart—made international headlines recently. President Trump gave one of his sculptures, a lotus titled “Rising Above,” as a gift to Pope Francis. Geoffrey’s artwork will now join Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the creations of some of the greatest artists ever in the Vatican. Pretty awesome!

It’s time for our team to catch a summer break. We’ll be visiting our local museums, dunking in the pool and enjoying our area. We wish the best for you and your family as well, and don’t forget to send in your summer fun photos to Stuart Magazine’s Facebook. You never know, you might end up on our page!