New York Yankees and Giants fans may be royalty at Juno Beach’s Thirsty Turtle, but the bona fide sports bar appeals to everyone regardless of age or team of choice.
“We’re a local family place,” said manager Ron Paranzino, son of owners Joe and Karen Paranzino.
A fixture on the local restaurant scene for the past 18 years, Thirsty Turtle opened a sister eatery in Port St. Lucie 10 years ago. Both places feature family-friendly menus, not to mention 110-inch screens that are focal points for customers during games.
Appetizers like conch fritters, buffalo chicken fingers, fried mushrooms, and spinach and artichoke dip lead the way, with assorted soups and salads, burgers, pasta, seafood, and more available as main courses.
Daily chef specials are always hearty, and in a nod to our seaside community, the kitchen will cook your catch for you.
“We’re known for our wings, but we also have great fresh fish and burgers,” Ron Paranzino said. “Our conch chowder is awesome, and I like the skirt steak, which we marinate in a chimichurri sauce.”
A kids’ menu, featuring chicken fingers, hot dogs, hamburgers and spaghetti with marinara sauce, appeals to Thirsty Turtle’s youngest patrons.
“We also have happy hour from 2-7 p.m. every day,” Paranzino said. Thirsty Turtle’s famous wings are $0.75 each during those hours (dine-in only).
For those with a sweet tooth, dessert is not to be missed. Options include a Coca-Cola cake, Key lime pie, and turtle egg (a frozen mound of praline and pecan ice cream hand-dipped in dark chocolate).
The dining experience is a refreshing addition to the Thirsty Turtle’s sheer entertainment value. In addition to broadcasting all New York Yankees and Giants games, the restaurant offers live music on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights.
For the rare moments when a game or band isn’t playing, there’s always the jukebox.
Thirsty Turtle, located at 13981 U.S. 1 in Juno Beach, opens at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon on Sunday.
- By Shawna Gallagher Vega
- Posted October 11, 2012 at midnight