Setting the Table
In the summer of 2013 Frank Scarpa, who used to cook at Remedies Sports Bar & Grill, teamed up with Jason Klocker, a longtime area bartender and musician, to open Klocker’s Tavern.
Klocker’s is next door to Remedies in the building that has housed a revolving door of former strip clubs, which means there is enough room to accommodate staging for live music including classic rock, jazz and country. The stage faces the dining room, but people sitting at the bar have to turn around to see the band.
Friends and I visited Klocker’s at 7 p.m. on a Saturday, and my overall impression of the décor is that it’s dark. The cavern-like room has extremely dim lighting, and walls are painted black. The dining area has about 10 tables plus a pool table.
Smoking is allowed, and although no one smoked while we were there, it did smell like cigarettes.
Down the Hatch
We shared a $13 variety plate, which has generously portioned servings of hummus, roasted red pepper salad, house-made guacamole, marinated diced tomatoes and warm pita wedges. This was my favorite part of the meal, and my companions also thoroughly enjoyed it. If you want just one of the plate’s components, they’re $6.50-$7.
Side note: Twice while dining out within the past week I’ve been impressed by the tomato quality. The Florida crop is excellent this year.
Subs are served daily from 4-9 p.m., and one of my friends had a meatball sub. We think the meatballs are house-made, because a couple of them were still a little pink in the middle. Other subs ($6.50-$7.50) are sausage with peppers and onions, grilled or fried chicken and chicken Parmesan.
Four burgers are $7.50-$9 and come with fries. One of my friends had the Blue Cheese Burger that’s stuffed with blue cheese and has blue cheese crumbles and bacon on top, and he enjoyed it.
I selected one of the five dinner entrees priced $12.50-$22. Chicken Piccata features twin chicken breasts in white wine/butter/garlic/lemon sauce over linguine. The sauce’s flavor was pleasant and the chicken was tender, but since the chicken wasn’t browned and butter was pooling thickly at the edge of the plate, it wasn’t visually appealing. Other entrees are New York strip steak, chicken Parmesan, grilled salmon and bone-in pork chop. A house salad (the only type of salad available) came with my meal, and the iceberg lettuce and veggies were fresh and crisp.
Klocker’s has a full bar, but no draft beers. Happy hour is daily from 4-7 p.m. when several appetizers are priced $3-$4.50 including meatball sliders, shrimp or Oriental chicken skewers, Caprese, wings, bruschetta and pretzel pieces with dipping sauces.
Also during happy hour, house liquors and domestic beers are $2, and imported beers are $3. Beyond happy hour vodka is always $2 and Pabst Blue Ribbon and Miller High Life are $1.75.
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