If you liked the now-defunct Gratify gastropub in downtown West Palm, you’ll be gratified to know that a new pub of the gastro variety has taken its place.
It’s Barrel & Grain (125 Datura St., 561/833-2767), from Chase Woolard of The Local in Coral Gables, and it’s dishing up a menu of hearty, inventive comfort food along with more than four dozen beers on tap, not to mention a hundred or so whiskeys. The space itself sports an artfully funky look, with brick floor, mismatched tables and chairs, open kitchen and blackboard chalked with the day’s specials.
Doing the cheffing is Kevin Preble, late of Delray’s Park Tavern, who’s turning out some pretty interesting-sounding fare, from buttermilk fried oysters with chow chow and smoked salt to bahn mi duck confit tacos to espresso-rubbed hanger steak with chipotle-infused sweet potatoes. There’s weekend brunch too, where you can get such stick to your ribs fare like shrimp and grits, fried chicken and waffle, and steak with huevos rancheros.