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Food • wilton drive

Devouring These places are bars but many of them serve up some must-try culinary delights

Rick Karlin

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ith so many bars on the drive either serving food, or changing up their menus, not to mention the newcomers joining the party, we felt it was time to take a look at the fare that’s available. We have focused only on those places that are primarily known as bars or clubs, so Tropics and Rosie’s, both primarily restaurants are not included.

Alibi Monkey Bar 2266 Wilton Drive 954-565-2526 AlibiWiltonManors.com Since taking over a little more than a year ago, the new management revamped the menu. It is quite extensive, featuring about 20 appetizers options, mostly the usual suspects; nachos, wings, etc. but some exotic surprises as well; sesame noodles, Thai chicken skewers and ahi tuna nachos. There is a vast array of entrée-sized salads, hot and cold sandwiches, classic and inventive burger creations, including a veggie burger. Happy hour specials are fairly unimaginative, but are more than made up for by the $12 nightly specials, some of which are so popular they run out every night. Tuesday’s bacon-wrapped meatloaf, Friday fish and chips and Sunday’s fried chicken are prime examples. Brunch offerings are pretty much the expected fare, classics with some twists. The late night menu is great for soaking up some of that alcohol.

sauce. My only complaint, they need to give you more napkins with these things. In addition to lunch service, Gym Bar offers happy hour specials; 50 cent wings, $1 hot dogs (add chili or cheese for 50 cents more), $2 nachos and tacos or $3 for mozzarella sticks or chicken tenders. On top of that “Two for Tuesdays” offer day-long specials including; half price burgers (I guess that’s the same as two-for-one), $2 tacos and domestic beer. Thursday’s special features hot dogs for only a buck, from four to midnight. Weekend wings are 50 cents each all day. Matty’s 2100 Wilton Drive 954-900-3973 MattysWiltonPark.com

Gym Sportsbar 2287 Wilton Drive 954-368-5318 GymSportsBar.com

You might be as surprised as I was to learn that Matty’s serves food. The specialty of the house is Tater Totts (sic) which are served nacho style, topped with anything from steak with cheese, Buffalo chicken or pulled pork. There are also a variety of sliders (Korean pork, meatball) and skewers (ginger beef, curry chicken or Cajun shrimp). Naked Grape 2163 Wilton Drive 954-563-5631 NakedGrapeWineBar.com

Gym sports bar is now serving lunch. I’d heard good things about the food, so lunch service gave me an excuse to check it out. Not on the menu as a regular item, but sometimes added as daily specials, the soups are exceptional. On the day of our visit it was one of the best versions I’ve ever had of New England style clam chowder. The base was thick and rich without being gummy and had clams big and plump enough to satisfy size queens or chubby chasers. Burgers consist of two juicy patties (cooked to order) with a choice of toppings (build-your-own or try one of the signature combos). The chicken tacos would benefit from a bit less of the creamy sauce and more heat from the chipotle, but offer tender chicken. The kitchen also gets points for grilling the flour tortilla shell. If you avoid chicken tenders because you hate those pre-packaged things served at most places, rejoice because Gym Bar makes its own on premises, and you can taste the freshness. You can’t have bar food without wings and here there’s a choice of hot, mild, BBQ and soygarlic-ginger. The wings are crispy and tender and dripping with

Naked Grape is the Bentley of bars that serve food. Luckily, you don’t need the deep pockets you need for that vehicle to enjoy an evening of luxury. Sure you can go for the really expensive vintages, but there are plenty of options that won’t put a huge dent in your wallet. Happy hour is from 4-7 p.m. daily with $5 glasses of select wines and continues all night on Thursday. If you do hanker for a pricier vintage, check it out on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when all bottles are half-priced all night. On top of the great deals, the food is phenomenal; whether you opt for a cheese platter, tapas, flatbreads or my favorite; the mozzarella made tableside, you won’t be disappointed. Other options certain to win you over include; crab salad tacos, dates with chorizo and a peppadew-glazed goat cheese gratin. If you’re looking for a spot for a romantic date or want to spend a quiet evening visiting with friends, this is the place. There is also an intimate sidewalk patio which is great for people watching. Service is attentive, knowledgeable and friendly.

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