Clematis Street Restaurants
Clematis Street has a large selection of successful restaurants, despite the current economic situation. In fact, as of late July 2009, the Clematis Street district has 21 open restaurants, which slightly exceeds the number of restaurants in City Place (17). So if you want a large number of food choices in West Palm Beach, Clematis Street is the place to come. Of the 21 open restaurants, 13 of them are on the 200 block and the 300 block of Clematis Street, making the clear center of the restaurant district the corner of Clematis Street and Olive Avenue.
Here is a list of the open restaurants on the north side of Clematis Street, starting at the waterfront and moving toward the west:
Grease Burger Bar
Phat Sandwiches (lunch)
City Cafe (lunch)
De Napoli (Italian)
Here is a list of the open restaurants on the south side of Clematis Street, starting at the waterfront and moving toward the west:
Nature's Way Cafe (lunch)
Hot Pie Pizza
Jimmy John's (lunch)
Hong Kong Express (lunch)
Dempsey's Cafe (lunch)
One interesting thing to note when comparing Clematis Street and City Place: Although Clematis Street has 21 open restaurants while City Place has only 17, every single one of the City Place restaurants is open at dinner time, whereas 8 of the 21 Clematis Street restaurants are only lunch places. So if you're most interested in an evening meal, City Place actually outnumbers Clematis Street in available choices by 17 to 13.
The pages of this website which cover the specific blocks of Clematis Street contain more information on many of these restaurants, including links to the websites of those restaurants that have them.
There are so many changes coming to the restaurant scene on Clematis Street in the fall of 2009, it's almost impossible to keep up with all of them. One of the most interesting trends involves the conversion of the 300 block from a furniture destination to a restaurant destination. Most emblematic of that is the conversion (happening right now) of the huge former Z Gallerie furniture store space into the huge Egyptian restaurant/lounge "Off The Hookah". Displays have already appeared in the windows hinting at what is to come (see picture below of Egyptian figure and "hookah" smoking apparatus).