Favorite Jupiter Lunch
Our first day in Jupiter usually finds us at Schooner’s Restaurant for a late lunch. The casual, relaxed atmosphere proves to be a necessary respite after several hours at Mother’s assisted living facility. The patio beckons us to sit back and enjoy an icy drink while lunch is prepared.
Schooner’s specializes in fresh seafood and fresh vegetables although meat and poultry are well represented. The regular menu is supplemented with a chalkboard of specials and fresh fish of the day listings. We always look for the Habanero Mango BBQ Shrimp Gorgonzola Salad. A large bowl of fresh greens and salad veggies topped with skewers of grilled shrimp basted in a spicy mango sauce. I’ve happily devoured other dishes from clam chowder and crab cake sandwiches to key lime pie.
Service is almost always friendly and attentive. During our last visit on Martin Luther King Day they were obviously slammed but the staff worked together to get everyone served and keep drinks refreshed. Our only complaint over the years has been that they don’t automatically serve a roll, crackers or bread with our favorite salad. We’ve learned to ask for a roll when we order and the request is always met.
Most customers prefer outdoor dining if weather allows. A large covered area feels like a big friendly front porch. Palms sway over the brick patio while umbrellas provide shade. The interior tends to be very dark.
Diners range from local twenty-somethings and families to vacationing seniors; the ambiance, menu and service satisfy a broad range.
We’ll be back the next time we’re in town and hope to see our favorite salad on the menu board.
When You Go: Schooner’s Restaurant, 1001 North Highway A1A, Jupiter, 561-746-7558. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.