The Restaurant at Kiepersol
With the vast array of creative options on the menu, we were tempted to just appetizer our way through dinner at this winery/restaurant/B&B. The Duck “Cigars,” a tasty study in opposites, were wraps filled with shredded duck, chopped jalapeño, and cilantro, then deep fried and served with a fruit relish and tangy plum sauce. Oysters Rockefeller came baked in butter and served on the half shell topped with spinach, bacon, and bread crumbs. We followed these two delicacies with the lobster bisque, an appealing blend of lobster stock, local Jacksonville tomatoes, and fresh cream garnished with lobster meat and crème fraîche. The New York strip was tender, juicy, and cooked to a perfect medium. And our fish eater was over the moon with his pistachio-encrusted sea bass. Accompany your meal with a bottle from the winery; the 2016 Kiepersol Bourbon Barrel Merlot was perfect for our meal. Note that there is a business-casual dress code for dinner.