Fermented drink and fine food is a matched pair, like Cagney and Lacey or Wayne Gretzky and the only thing people remember about hockey. Slapstick your face with flavor using today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of upscale comfort fare, wine, and craft beer at Ernesto's Wine Bar in Benton Park.
Food and potables were made for sharing at Ernesto's, where extensive menus temptingly beckon guests to wash down their sophisticated snacks with flavorful doses of beer or grape beer. The cheese and charcuterie collection offers single ($3), triple ($8), or double-triple ($15) selections of domestic and international edibles, including a French camembert, a Spanish chorizo, and a New York duck prosciutto. The nibbles are easily paired with three-way wine flights joined together based on color or type of grape ($15). Brunch is available on Sunday mornings, and a modest snack and dinner menu is served six nights a week. Warm your winter-chilled bellies with a robust beef stew simmered in a burgundy broth ($9), and wash it down with a bottle of Schlafly Pale Ale ($4), creamy Left Hand Milk Stout ($5), or Schneider Weisse ($9).
- They had the fireplace on the patio going and there was a very cozy feel to the place…The food was excellent and seasonal.
- The entrees were excellent and the service great, and we plan on returning. – WingManNate, Urbanspoon
In his 2010 review, Riverfront Times reporter Ian Froeb revealed the origin of Ernesto's Winebar’s distinctive name. Instead of honoring a chef or long-lost relative, the name pays homage to the owners' love for Ernest Hemingway's simplistic style. Chef Stephanie Hay has risen to the challenge, translating the clean complexity of The Sun Also Rises or the masculine energy of Green Hills of Africa into a menu of tapas and hearty entrees. Diverse flavor profiles mimic Papa Hemingway’s wanderlust, corralling global flavors including chili lime, wasabi tobiko, and even red pepper sauce to create festive tapas such as the truffle-infused grilled cheese, which was named the best grilled cheese of 2010 by Riverfront Times.
The cheese-and-charcuterie menu details hearty repasts from all corners of the globe, with plates of smoky blue cheese from Oregon and salchichón white pork from Spain joining notes of green peppercorn, tomatillo, and even brown sugar for nods to Latin America and the Mediterranean. Ernesto's has also gone to great lengths to locate wine varietals from France, Germany, and Spain for pairing with large steaks and seafood entrees delicately sautéed in a wide array of wine sauces.
Ernesto's butter-hued walls appear to melt in the light from wall sconces and flickering red candles. Above lush hardwood paneling, several framed photographs offer a glimpse of Hemingway at his most virile––aggressively writing at his desk, and using a large steak as a body pillow. For a touch of warmth during fall weather, patrons can also retreat outdoors, where a mammoth brick fireplace casts rich glow on Ernesto's sleek cobblestone patio.
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