My husband and I went to The Publick House for the first time a couple of weeks ago. We had heard that they had an extensive beer menu and their food menu looked pretty good, too.
We arrived around 7:30 on a Tuesday night and the place was packed to the rafters. There was not a space at the bar, not a seat to be had. We had our hearts set on finally trying the place out, however, so when we were told that the wait would be around 45 minutes we agreed to wait. The staff will take your cell phone number and call or text you when a table opens up, so you don't have to stand around the front door waiting, you're free to roam the neighborhood.
We did receive a call about an hour later, and were promptly seated when we walked in the door. Service from this point on was great. Our server was knowledgeable with respect to the beer menu and made some great recommendations. He came back quickly with our drinks and our food order was taken promptly and brought out in a reasonable amount of time, especially when the place was clearly very busy.
Everything we sampled was tasty. We loved our beers. I tried the mac & cheese for dinner and was not disappointed. My husband tried a couple of items from the appetizer menu and enjoyed them both.
If you enjoy discovering new beers, or enjoying some tasty (but pricey) favorites, I would absolutely recommend a trip here. The prices for the food are a little bit on the high side for what you get, and the beer prices are high but in the realm of what is to be expected for such delicious gems.
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