Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Raw Kitchen Debuts on Clematis

Fans of raw, vegan and organic cuisine have something else to cheer about with the debut of The Raw Kitchen (509 Clematis St., 561/820-0144), a small but stylish eatery smack in the middle of West Palm’s Clematis Street restaurant row.

Partners (and sisters) Gigi and Iris Garcia and chef-partner Brenda Kunkler got their start selling vegan food products at local farmers’ markets, attracting enough interest and generating enough word of mouth to convince them to open their own restaurant.

Among the menu items are raw versions of pasta primavera, with garlic and olive oil-marinated zucchini “noodles;” pizzas made with sprouted buckwheat crusts topped with house-made nut cheese, broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes, olives and basil; and the “Mac Daddy” salad, which layers macadamia nuts with avocado, tomato, turmeric, scallions, eggplant pancetta, sprouted millet, smoky chipotle vegan “mayonnaise” and micro-greens. Entree prices range from $12 to $25.

The restaurant itself boasts cherrywood tables, olive green walls and dangling pine cone-shaped light fixtures. There’s room for 40 diners inside and another 10 on the sidewalk.

Organic wines and beers are also served, and the restaurant is open daily for lunch and Wednesday through Saturday for dinner.

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