Five Best Restaurants on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach
|The view of Clematis St. looking east from Roxy's rooftop bar, Sky309.|
West Palm Beach has never been known for its dining scene, but several new restaurants have helped to make the Clematis Street strip a new downtown destination for South Florida foodies. These days, there's a little bit of everything, from sports bars and Mexican at Rocco's Tacos to Cuban-style eats at Don Ramone's and ginormous burgers at Grease Burger Bar. The list goes on and on, with two Asian-inspired spots (both of which made this list), a "not so snooty" wine bar, and an Italian gastropub (the first of its kind on Clematis).
Without further ado, here's our list of West Palm Beach's top five restaurants on Clematis Street. Have a bone to pick about our choices? Feel free to hash it out in the comments section below, and let us know who you think deserves to be added to the list.
|The Palm Beach roll at Fuku.|
It used to be that you couldn't find a decent Asian-themed restaurant anywhere near downtown West Palm Beach. That was until about six months ago, when several Asian-themed establishments showed up. Among them, Fuku (pronounced foo-koo), a bold new lounge-like pan-Asian concept that opened this August on the far east end of Clematis Street. With dining-room décor that could be featured in the next issue of Architectural Digest and sexy takes on sushi created by a former Food Network Star competitor, Fuku offers a dining experience unlike any other downtown.
Fuku, which means "good fortune" in Japanese, offers a diverse selection of pan-Asian dishes with an offbeat twist. Entrées fall under two categories: "Chinatown Traditions," which include Mongolian beef and General Fuku's chicken, and "Fuku Signature Plates," like the angry lobster, one of Fuku's signature dishes that pairs whole Maine lobster with a spicy tomato-based sauce.
Just don't expect to find any spider or California rolls here. Instead, house rolls are named for major global cities like Milan, Tokyo, and Los Angeles -- each a sort of deconstruction of popular, quintessential dishes emblematic of that area. For example, the Philadelphia roll -- what is really a steak and cheese in bite-sized pieces -- has no rice but is wrapped in fresh-baked brioche bread instead. Our favorite: the Palm Beach roll, a combination of wagyu beef and lobster.