Grease is the word

Every town has its neighborhood bar, and on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, it’s Grease. It’s only been open for three years, but Grease seems like it’s been there forever. It’s a burger joint with a fun and upbeat vibe. Throw in some amazing burgers and other wonderful choices, and it’s a win-win.

Grease is one big space (over 3,500 square feet), encompassing the restaurant and a full-liquor bar specializing in over 100 craft beers, by the bottle and on tap. There are large flat screen TVs strategically placed throughout, featuring news and sports channels, depending on the time of day.

The theme is “iconic cool, making it an interesting destination,” said owner Bill Watson, a local icon himself and founding partner of the Big Time Restaurant Group, one of the area’s leading restaurant firms. (In addition to Grease, Big Time owns City Cellar, Rocco’s Tacos, City Oyster and Big City Tavern.

On the walls are nostalgic posters of quirky ads from the 1940s and 1950s, plus black-and-white photos of old Hollywood stars. Factor in some “meat-packing” artifacts like butcher hooks and a cow on the roof of the entrance named “Fred Asteer,” and you have some interesting conversation pieces.

One bite and you will understand why Grease’s 10-ounce, freshly ground, hand-shaped burgers have won awards. These burgers are amazing – super juicy and tasty. I inquired about the grade of meat, and all the restaurant staff would tell me is that it’s a “secret blend” of high-quality beef cuts. Standard toppings are available, and a separate section on the menu called “Burger Bling” includes interesting items like fried pickles, truffle ketchup and nuclear relish.

Another favorite is the turkey burger Rueben, which consists of a scrumptious turkey burger served on grilled rye bread with sauerkraut, Russian dressing and melted Swiss cheese. Grease’s “OMG” French fries, including sweet potato fries, are also outstanding — thin, crispy and perfectly seasoned.

The menu features other specialty sandwiches, including a grilled mahi mahi served with a slice of pineapple and a grilled chicken breast with mozzarella cheese, pesto, soppresata, tomato and lettuce. There are also a number of salad choices and a decent selection of appetizers, such as wings, newly added tater tots with a yummy dipping sauce, and a nice hummus and pita chip platter.

Also, Grease offers an array of Bratwurst sandwiches, such as the “Hey Dere” Wisconsin-style mouthful, consisting of two brats cooked in “Arrogant Bastard” beer and served on a bun with bacon, mushrooms, onions and pickles.

Desserts are simple but delicious. Check out the hand-spun milkshakes, malts and ice cream floats drowned in the famous Eli’s Root Beer or Brown Cow Cola. Warm home-baked cookies are always a good choice, too.

For lunch, it’s a popular spot for local business people. A daily happy hour menu, available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, offers two-for-one cocktails, beer and wine. On most days, you will find a crew of regulars at the front corner of the bar, including Leo Noble, a semi-retired local business guy and Grease investor. Be careful where you sit, though, because one of those bar stools is reserved for Leo and has his name on it. Just look for the small brass plate. (There are actually two plates — one for the adjacent stool, inscribed with “Mrs. Noble,” which is “open” right now, so feel free to make yourself comfortable.)

Grease caters to everyone, and it is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Whether you’re meeting friends for drinks or looking for a delicious burger or sandwich, you can’t go wrong here. The staff is friendly and attentive. There is nothing on the menu priced over $11.95. They even offer a children’s menu.
For more information, visit Grease’s website atwww.greasewpb.com orwww.bigtimerestaurants.com.

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