Truth be told, my husband and I very rarely have date nights. I’m totally okay with this, but when we are planning one of our semi-annual outings, we always look for places that we wouldn’t want to bring our kids to. After looking up a ton of places online, Batch Southern Kitchen & Tap Room on Clematis Street, in West Palm Beach popped up. As we read the menu of this new Southern kitchen, we immediately decided this is where we were going! As opposed to the restaurants we usually choose for date nights, Batch is a family friendly restaurant and we would total bring our kids here, too. But, on that night, it was all about us.
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Atmosphere and Vibe
If you’re familiar with West Palm Beach, you’ve heard of Clematis Street. If you’re not and are planning a trip, it’s a place we would recommend checking out. The area is going through a rebirth. There are a bunch of restaurants, both new and established, with a wide array of food options. We went on a weeknight and the place was bumping, with lots of people out and about.
Batch is right in the middle of the action. There are tables outside and the front of the restaurant is open. Inside, we were greeted by a couple of friendly hostesses. We made a reservation on opentable.com (pro-tip!), so we know we wouldn’t have to wait. They asked us if we would prefer a high top or booth. We asked for the booth. One wall is lined with these cool horseshoe shaped booths that are a step or two up. As we sat, the hostess suggested the chicken and waffles, as it’s her favorite item on the menu. Being the researchers that we are, we had already read all about it online and were intrigued.
The decor is modern, yet cozy. Lots of chalkboard like signs over the exposed brick. One place you have to take a picture of or under is the neon “Whiskey Made Me Do It” sign. There’s also a large bar on the wall opposite the booths. In the middle, are a bunch of tables.
Whiskey, Moonshine, and Beers
Since it was a date night, we made sure to check out the cocktails. All of their syrups, bitters, and tinchures are made in-house. It was hard to pick a cocktail, as so many looked good. Knowing that they prided themselves on homemade moonshine and syrups, we knew it was going to be good.
For my drink, I chose the Carolina Sweet Tea. This has American Born sweet tea moonshine, black tea, and lemon. The whole moonshine thing sort of scared me. All I picture is bootleggers making it in their bathtubs. haha Anyway, the waitress assured me it wasn’t too strong and the drink was a good choice. It was so good! The taste was a lot like an Arnold Palmer. The moonshine was not overpowering at all.
My husband is a self-proclaimed beer snob. Well, maybe wife-proclaimed. Haha. Anyway, with the amount of unique beers offered, it was hard for him to choose which one he was going to try. He decided on the Concrete Beach Rose Ale. The beer was slightly dark and, according to my husband, did have a bit of a wine taste. This taste wasn’t overpowering, complimented the beer perfectly.
Both of our choices were perfect for us. When we visit again, it’d be hard to choose a different cocktail, but I can imagine whatever we choose will be just as good, if not better!
New Southern Cuisine
We started off with…
I have to say, the interesting twists that have put on southern food is spot on. Burnt ends, deviled eggs, skillet cornbread, and avocado toast are just a few that we were dabbling with. There are lot of options and, much like the drinks, it was hard to choose just one. So, for appetizers, we chose two!
One we chose was House-Made Bacon Tots. Yes, you read that correctly and, yes, it tasted way better than it sounds. The tots are shredded potatoes, smoked cheddar, scallions and bacon, served with ranch. As the title says, it’s house-made and it shows! So good. Our second appetizer was actually a side dish. We ordered the Crispy ‘Sprouts and Bacon. We believe brussel sprouts are such an underrated vegetable. They’re so good and prepared in so many delicious ways. Batch prepares the large brussel sprouts by roasting so they’re crisp and with bacon. Both were AMAZING.
Then we had…
For my meal, I had The Coop sandwich. This is a sweet tea brine chicken thigh, breaded and fried, with mayo and house made pickles. Sandwiches, under “Picnic Table” on the menu, are served with fries, house salad, or loaded fries (additional $3). I decided to go with a house salad on the side. For me, it was perfect. The lettuce, tomatoes, and onions were just how I like them. The dressing I chose was the honey mustard vinaigrette, on the side (because that’s how I roll). By now, you probably know what I’m going to say, it was delicious!
After reading online and hearing the hostess’s suggestion, my husband had to order the Batch Chicken ‘N Waffles. The meal is massive. It’s a entire cornbread waffle and half chicken, sweet tea brined and friend. It’s served with bourbon maple butter and chili-thyme honey. The sweet and salty mix was perfect. If you’re not a huge eater or tend to fill up on appetizers, it may be a good idea to share this with someone. If you don’t want to share, get it for yourself and bring the leftovers home.
One item offered that I wish we were able to try was what they call “Mac Attack”. They have a base mac and cheese that has smoked cheddar and gouda with Frito (yes, FRITO) dust. Then, you can add a plethoria of toppings. Some of these are brisket, fried chicken, bacon, and whiskey caramelized onions. Next visit, we are trying this!
And to finish…
I wish I could say we tried one of their made from scratch desserts, but we were just too full. The offerings looked amazing and, if they’re anything like the apps and meals, I’m sure they’re delicious. For your sweet tooth, they offer Granny’s Apple Pie, Banana Puddin’, and Southern Whoopie Pies. Next visit, the whoopie pies are all mine!
Will we be back?
YES! Will we bring the kids? Probably. Overall, the experience at Batch New Southern Kitchen was top notch, from start to finish. When restaurants source locally and make their food and drink from scratch, it puts them way up there in our book. Going to Batch, you know you’re eating fresh, good quality food. If you’re in the area, swing by for a housemade cocktail, delicious appetizer, meal, or dessert…or all the above. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
Batch is located at 223 Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, Florida. Check out their website for more information.
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