Unusual Wine Bar Offerings

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Unusual Wine Bar Offerings If you’ve been to a few wine bars, you’ve probably come to expect certain regulars on the food menu: assorted salumi and marinated olives; the requisite cheese plate; a selection of flat breads or crostini; maybe a pâté or two. 

While these are usually solid, reliably complementary choices to the wines on hand, it’s nice to mix things up once in a while and explore the more unexpected – yet equally delicious – eats that accompany your wine. We’ve come up with a list of of some creative wine bars across the country taking their food menus off-road. Check out some of the offerings and be sure to share your local favorites with us below!

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  • Snooth User: Worldnav
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    Hana, you need to check out The Wine Tap in downtown Belleville, Illinois. It's a cozy little place with a great wine list and and the perfect menu to accompany the beverage of your choice. And it's only about 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis.


    Aug 24, 2011 at 5:57 PM

  • We eat at Max's Wine Dive in Houston as often as we can. The Fried Egg Sandwich and the Kobe Beef Burgers are excellent. Taya always finds us a great new wine to try with our meals. The casual nature of the restaurant paired with good wine is a home run.

    Aug 24, 2011 at 7:24 PM

  • Snooth User: Hana Choi
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    @Worldnav - Thanks for the suggestion, the Wine Tap looks right up my alley!

    @pastamom2011 - I'm dying to check out Max's Wine Dive - looks like they really take bar food up to a whole 'nother level! Please have your share for me until I make it to Houston. :)

    Aug 25, 2011 at 5:03 PM

  • Snooth User: StevenBabb
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    good article... but only one mention from california? and its in glendale?

    and a mention of hearth and terrior in nyc... not that they don't get enough press already ; )

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:22 PM

  • Another great new wine bar to check out is Grapes Wine Bar in Annapolis, Maryland. Fabulous wine list that changes weekly as well as amazing small plates. http://grapeswinebar.publishpath.com/

    Aug 31, 2011 at 9:15 AM

  • Great article, Hana! You should definitely check out Secco Wine Bar for out-of-the-ordinary eats. http://www.seccowinebar.com/gallery.

    Aug 31, 2011 at 11:20 AM

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