Stuey’s looks to fill healthy niche at the end of Wildwood's boardwalk

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Employees James Potee and Sean Devlin pose with Stuey’s owner Laura Stuart and executive chef Arron Milano. Stuey’s opened April 12 on the Wildwood Boardwalk. Employees James Potee and Sean Devlin pose with Stuey’s owner Laura Stuart and executive chef Arron Milano. Stuey’s opened April 12 on the Wildwood Boardwalk. WILDWOOD – Quinoa, kale, and gluten-free pancakes aren’t exactly staples of boardwalk fare, but Laura Stuart thinks she’s fulfilling a new demand.

The Wildwood Crest resident opened Stuey’s, a healthy alternative bistro tucked away at the southernmost end of the Wildwood Boardwalk, on April 12.

“I felt that there was a huge draw for this sort of establishment in Wildwood,” Stuart said in the eatery Friday.

Stuey’s sits in what was the Ocean View Grill, which was known for its coffee and paninis. Stuart has made some small changes to the location, adding wood accents and a juicer, but bigger changes to the menu.

While Stuey’s still offers many of the paninis that were found at Ocean View, it’s salads, bowls, and breakfast items have taken on a new twist. A quinoa and turky sausage bowl includes spinach, kale, Vidalia onions, red peppers topped with tumeric oil for $8.95. For breakfast, there’s an avocado benny boat, which is a new take on eggs benedict, for $7.95.

Fruit smoothies and fresh juices of the day are also served up. One of the most common specials includes kale, carrot, ginger, cucumber, beets and a green apple. Customers can then add in cayenne pepper, protein, or chia seeds.

Christie Rotondo/ Stuey’s quinoa and sausage bowl includes spinach, kale, Vidalia onions, red peppers topped with tumeric oil. Christie Rotondo/ Stuey’s quinoa and sausage bowl includes spinach, kale, Vidalia onions, red peppers topped with tumeric oil. “A few people have come in and said ‘I don’t know how I feel about spinach in my smoothie,’” Stuart said. “So I’ve said, just try it, and if you don’t like it, I’ll make you a new one. I haven’t had to make a new drink yet.”

Stuart has also added on a few “paleo” items to the menu. The paleo diet is based on the presumed diet of humans during the prehistoric era, before the agricultural revolution. The diet consists of fish, grass-fed meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, and nuts, but restricts eating grains, legumes, dairy products, refined sugar, processed oils and some preservatives. In recent years, it’s become increasingly popular among athletes and those with high levels of physical activity.

A signature item at Stuey’s is its paleo pho bowl, which includes “linguini” made from zucchini, a house broth, ground turkey or shaved rib-eye, fresh greens, sprouts, basil, mint, and lime with a side of chile oil for $8.95.

The menu was created with the expertise of Stuart’s executive chef, Arron Milano, who worked at Cape May’s Ebbitt Room and the Bayshore Inn. 

Since opening in April, Stuart said the initial response has been positive. The southernmost spot on the boardwalk is a popular place for runners to end their workout, and many of them have been pleased to see some healthy options squeeze in next to the pizza and fried Oreos.

Just a few weeks ago, Stuart had the chance to serve the members of Jefferson Starship when they headlined the Sensational Spring Concert April 27. They had the juice of the day and smoothies.

“They were really nice, genuine people,” Stuart said.

But it’s not just celebrities who Stuart thinks are looking to eat healthy, even on vacation.

“I think Americans are starting to want to get healthy,” Stuart said. “After eating unhealthy for so long, I think people are looking for a balance.”

Stuey’s is located at 5302 Boardwalk, and is open Fridays 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 7 a.m.-6 p.m. until Memorial Day.

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The fresh take on eggs benedict at Stuey’s includes avocado halves.  The fresh take on eggs benedict at Stuey’s includes avocado halves.

 


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