The star of this chic yet convivial Tom Douglas eatery may be the 45-foot bar, but the real show takes place in the giant open kitchen at the back. Wood-grilled chicken wings, olive poppers, Penn Cove mussels, roast-pork ravioli, and a nightly selection of cheeses vie for your attention on the ever-changing menu of small plates. The half-pound Palace Burger Royale is one of the city's best, and there are always a few entrées, mouthwatering desserts, and a rotisserie special
from the apple-wood grill. If it's after 10pm, ask about Palace Kitchen's secret late-night breakfast menu.