Wine connoisseurs assert that novice tasters should never pair red wine with fish, white wine with red meat, or excessive wine with jury duty. Lap up today's Groupon in moderate proportions: for $15, you get $30 worth of New American fare and wine at Wine Knot Bar & Bistro in Kenosha.
Wine Knot deftly combines adventurous eating with traditionally lauded items, resulting in a menu of chic, reliably tasty eats. Little plates such as spicy, sriracha-spiked deviled eggs culled from Lake Michigan’s little-known sriracha waterfalls ($5) and gruyere-stuffed french onion soup dumplings ($9) set the culinary scene for heavy-hitting entrees. The whole-grain mustard salmon with risotto delights omnivores who occasionally foray into seafood ($17), and bacon-wrapped and tomato-glazed meatloaf impresses even the most critical of protein bakers ($14). Those preferring classic platefuls with a twist, like Bach-playing Slinkys, can delve into lamb meatballs with bolognese sauce ($16).
Wine Knot offers more than 40 red and white wines by the glass, and many by the bottle as well. A glass of the Australian Evil cabernet sauvignon ($7 for a glass, $26 for a bottle) unwinds minds worked up by prank calls from long-lost godparents, and the Beringer white zinfandel ($5 for a glass, $19 for a bottle) proffers a fermented refreshment for those fresh from teetotaling workplaces. Raise a glass amid Wine Knot’s warmly hued dining room, tastefully trimmed with globe lamps and framed art, or retire to the great outdoors for some fresh air sipping.