FORT PIERCE — There's nothing like seeing the Halloween lights shining at Dino's Family Restaurant to remind you that the hot days of summer are winding down and fall and all of the upcoming holidays are right around the corner.
Although the past couple of years have been a challenging time for everyone, including restaurants and small businesses, Dino's is continuing to bring a sense of normalcy back to the area.
While the staff at Dino's continues to take precautions against COVID-19, it's a small relief to gather with your family and enjoy a meal together while getting into the Halloween spirit.
The incredibly popular dining establishment is owned and operated by Halloween aficionados, Chris and Darlene Humphreys. Their love of Halloween has turned the eatery into a must for all Halloween enthusiasts. With a little help from ghosts, goblins, witches and werewolves, those who dare can have a frighteningly good time and a frighteningly good meal, all while socially distancing from others.
Dino’s Family Restaurant has been serving generous helpings of delicious food since 1982. There’s hardly a soul who isn’t familiar with the restaurant, which has been located on the corner of U.S. 1 and Juanita Avenue, just north of North Bridge, for all of those years. But, how many of you have experienced “Spooky Dining” at the restaurant?
Each year, Mr. Humphreys decorates the entire restaurant....Yes, every corner is full of lights and frights. It’s really is a sight to see.
While enjoying the incredible attention to detail, there is also the incredible food to fill your growling stomachs.
Dino’s is known for comfort food. This is the place you go when you want meatloaf and mashed potatoes just like your mom made. Or maybe you want lasagna just like grandma made on a Sunday. There's a knack that the Humphrey's have that makes everyone in the restaurant feel like they're in their own kitchen...without having to do the dishes.
There hasn't been a time that I've visited the restaurant when there has been many empty tables. If you're taking a party of six or more, especially during Spooky Dining, it's best to make a reservation.
When I visited the restaurant, I decided to try the filet mignon with a baked potato and green beans. The meat was perfectly tender and juicy. The potato was steaming hot and and paired well with steak.
My grandchildren joined me again this year and they truly enjoyed the entire experience. Not only did they enjoy the décor, they loved their food. We all enjoyed an appetizer of fried mozzarella sticks which were full of ooey, gooey cheese. My grandsons decided on cheeseburgers and fries and my granddaughter chose fried chicken and french fries for her dinner. They all enjoyed their meals and finished the evening off with a serving of ice cream, topped with chocolate sauce.
For dessert I tried the pumpkin cheesecake. It was creamy and sweet, yet not overpowered by pumpkin. It's definitely the perfect treat to enjoy during this spooky season.
For more information on the Spooky Dining experience at Dino’s Family Restaurant, call (772) 465-5217, visit them on Facebook, or stop by Tuesday-Saturday, from 4-9 p.m. or Sunday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. They are closed on Mondays.