This is a two-for-one special, with the first part being the “ever-popular” explanation of words one does not need, followed by a restaurant review.
Your word today is Schwein (clever ones should be able to figure this out), which means swine, pig, or pork (although more correct is Schweinefleisch or pig meat, but you don’t need that until your first trip to a Metzger or butcher).
I was reminded of this word last night, because we ate at Tony Roma’s in Jensen Beach. It was better than I had expected. We have eaten at this chain three, maybe four, times over the past twenty years on different coasts. The last outing—Cocco Beach, Florida—was not good, and I swore never to return. (Just shows the value of my word to myself!) But, my wife wanted ribs, so the choice was Tony Roma’s or a trip to the Black section of Ft. Pierce. The latter might offer more authentic cuisine, but is probably less safe after dark for two honkies in a white Cadillac. Not being in an adventurous mood, we drove to the more upscale Jensen Beach.
The restaurant is located in a new building on the Intercoastal Waterway, just over the bridge from Hutchinson Island. The staff is young, friendly, and helpful to people asking stupid questions about the menu (which was difficult to read, given that the incompetent design agency chose white font on mixed background, including white and yellow). The hostess informed us that the wait for a table would be twenty minutes, gave us a buzzer, and directed us to the bar. A trip to the men’s revealed a number of empty tables, so I guess they needed cash flow at the bar.
Once finally seated at one of the vacant tables and served (after my wife contributed to profits by having 2 blue martinis), the meal was excellent. Need I say more?
If you are ever in the area, you could do worse than this outlet of a national chain. Obviously, Mr. R. has some consistency issues, so you are own your own at any other outlet.
Caveat emptor. Which is not German…
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.