The Wall Street Journal did a story this week on comparing Spring Training ballparks, and Roger Dean Stadium was rated very favorably. They were particularly impressed with the Dean Dog, a jumbo hot dog. I’m annoyed because at two different games I tried to order a Dean Dog only to be told they were out of them. I guess I’ll never know that hog dog euphoria.
In Jupiter, we stayed at the Comfort Inn and Suites. It was okay, nothing special, really. It’s biggest selling point is its convenient location to the ballpark. Being in walking distance to a Starbuck’s was another plus, especially because the free breakfast was less-than-thrilling. Our experience there didn’t start well since we had reserved a non-smoking room via Orbitz only to be told at check-in that only smoking rooms were available. The rooms were fine, and high speed internet was great. The pool was tiny and reminded me of a Motel 6 pool. For $166/night, one hopes for a little more, but I guess that’s just high season pricing.
Here are some places we ate besides Roger Dean Stadium:
- The Blue Water Island Grill – This restaurant is pretty new and was formerly called Reef Grill. It had a festive, margaritaville type atmosphere and a big crowd. The walls were decorated with murals of caribbean islands. There’s a variety of fresh seafood on the menu, and I ordered seafood-stuffed mahi mahi which was pretty good. I liked my key lime martini better than the key lime pie (not tart enough).
- The Crab House – This place was decent, if a little too huge and impersonal-feeling for my taste. I think I would have enjoyed it more if we’d sat on the patio overlooking the inlet instead of indoors. Their main attraction is a seafood buffet, but we just ordered from the menu. Food was fine but not really memorable.
- Marc’s Chophouse – This was our best meal of trip. Its modest strip mall exterior hides a classy yet unpretentious eatery. My dad enjoyed his ginormous veal chop, and I liked my filet mignon. Service was smooth and friendly, and the chocolate cake was decadent.
- Casablanca Cafe – On the way to Ft Lauderdale airport, we stopped at this place for lunch. It had a nice, relaxing atmosphere with ocean views and breezes, and I really liked my lobster salad sandwich. They also had the best key lime pie of the trip.
I’ll also mention a couple of popular Jupiter restaurants that we missed – Nick’s Tomato Pie and Little Moir’s Food Shack. Both places had big lines out front on the 2 occasions we tried them, and we were too hungry to wait. Next time!
If you have Jupiter hotel and restaurant recommendations, please leave a comment.