13|EVEN has been open for almost 4 months, but when you walk in, it feels like they’ve been open for 10 years. This quaint addition to the Drive isn’t just another restaurant, they are quenching our thirst for craft beer, great wine, and amazing homemade tapas.
If you don’t take notice of the décor when you walk in, you’re missing out on the handcrafted bar stools made of pallets. The bar itself is made out of kitchen cabinets and the light fixtures are made out of wine barrels. Even the food presentation is something; the flatbread is served on slate.
Start off with a drink. There are 40 different kinds of beer, with 10 on tap. And both Carol and Nancy – owners of 13|EVEN – will let you try whatever you want, bottle or tap. Employees know they are serving non-traditional beer in hopes palates will be challenged. If a guest wants to try something new in a bottle, owners are happy to oblige. In fact, they encourage it.
The same goes for the 40 different kinds of wine. Every single bottle is also sold by the glass. Carol says great wine shouldn’t only be offered by the bottle, and patrons can also taste any of them at their leisure as well. Wine flights are also offered for $15.
The Round Pond Cabernet 2010 is one of the more popular choices by guests, and the Concannon Conservancy Crimson and Clover 2010 is a big favorite as well. The restaurant also supports local breweries, serving two from neighbor Funky Buddha: Floridian Hefeweizen and Hop Gun IPA. A couple of Cigar City Brewing options are available as well. Beer flights are available for $6.
13|EVEN also supports other local businesses. Carol says they buy fresh food roughly four times a week, frequently visiting Living Green Fresh Market in Fort Lauderdale for produce.
But the constant visits sure pay off since you can taste the freshness in each meal. The most popular dish by far is the sautéed skirt steak ($8) – teriyaki marinated and topped with sliced green onions. Another house favorite is the BBQ chicken flatbread pizza ($8), with smoked Gouda, sliced red onions, fresh jalapenos and cilantro. For the heat lovers, delve into this flatbread. For others, it’s just as tasty without the jalapenos.
Another favorite is the rigatoni macaroni and cheese ($7), covered in Brie and Gruyere, and topped with toasted panko breadcrumbs. Bacon is optional – and often encouraged – for an extra $1.
The two mini Panini options ($6 each) are delicious, so if the decision is difficult, opt for the chicken, mozzarella and spinach. Desserts change every few days, but rotate through bunt cakes and tarts. Don’t be afraid to inquire about any of the dishes or drinks – all employees have tasted everything the restaurant serves in order to be fully educated on the menu.
With endless amounts of delicious food, local beers and friendly staff, you can’t stay away from 13|Even for long.
If You Go:
2037 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Sun – Thurs: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 4 p.m. – Midnight