Five Best Restaurants on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach
|The Wine Dive is a "not so snooty" wine bar off Clematis St.|
2. Wine Dive
Is it a dive? Not at all. Is there wine? Plenty -- 40 reds and 20 whites by the glass, dispensed by the ounce from a sophisticated dispenser system in which argon (a noble gas and ode to tenth-grade chemistry) keeps open bottles good for more than 30 days. The Wine Dive servers' slogan: "Not So Snooty" -- which they proudly proclaim on T-shirts. That means you'll never feel out of place, underdressed, or pressured to order an expensive wine.
Instead, be prepared for what comes out of the kitchen -- termed American-style tapas, although it fails to fall into one category neatly. Helmed by a team of four brilliant chefs, the menu is an amalgamation of funky, creative small plates including a Kurobuta (think of it as the Wagyu of pig) slow-roasted pork belly served with a sugar beet apple slaw and a basting of housemade barbecue. Another favorite: the fried chicken for two, served with a Tabasco-honey mustard slaw.
If you prefer dessert (and one that's not in a glass), order the Hot Damn Doughnuts, fried Louisiana-style. They're served with an intense housemade cinnamon Schnapps ice cream, then topped with candied bacon and syrup. Sample it all during live jazz Thursday, or sit back and relax during Sunday brunch, which offers a special breakfast menu and bottomless $10 mimosas.
215 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL