Caribbean Comes to Clematis

It's Bahama Mama's, mon. 

That's the latest eatery to set up shop on West Palm's very own Restaurant Row (340 Clematis Street; 561-659-2912) a Caribbean-themed, seafood-oriented spot only a block from Reef Road Rum Bar, another island-inspired restaurant. 

Proprietor John Ciulla "has been fishing and diving South Florida and the Bahamas for years," according to the restaurant's website. Together with chef Randy McCartney, he's crafted a menu full of Bahamian specialties, from conch salad, fritters, and chowder to whole fried snapper with peas 'n' rice.  

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Beyond conch are such tropicalesque dishes as smoked fish dip, jerked chicken salad, grouper with pineapple-mango chutney, and yellowfin tuna with spicy soy-wasabi sauce. There are also steaks, fried chicken, and vegetarian pasta for the seafood-adverse, as well as something called "guava duff," a traditional Bahamian dessert of guava baked in pastry. 

Décor is very island-inspired, with a dining room painted in vivid blues, greens, and golds that opens onto tables for sidewalk dining, artfully distressed furnishings, and an etched-glass underwater "mural" at the entrance.

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