February 27, 2014
There is always that one place you can go to grab a quick bite and maybe a drink…or vice versa. That place that everyone knows your name.
The other day, for my “Expressions of Food” class, we met at a restaurant named Public House. Public House, located off Colley Ave in Norfolk, VA, is a dark but homey atmosphere where I felt everyone was going to shout out my name when I walked in. It was as though I had walked in to an American spin-off of an English Pub, although I’ve never actually been to one.
We had a rather large group, but our waiter, Matt, made us all feel as though we were sitting alone. I was very impressed with the speed and personal service that was given. Public House is well-known for their Bacon and Egg Cocktail, having been featured in the national Huffington Post, however, I just ordered my usual champagne and cranberry Poinsettia to start the meal off. It was a beautiful mixture of the two components, the champagne being bubbly and crisp and the cranberry adding just enough tartness to make it refreshing.
For my meal I ordered the club sandwich which was pretty standard as far as club sandwiches go. They were quite accommodating when I asked not to have cheddar included in the layers of cheese and meat offerings, but fell a little short when I requested to have it all between 2 slices of bread and not three. I’m honestly not quite sure if only two slices would have supported everything that was jam-packed into the sandwich, so I made due and took the extra layer out myself. I do wish I had been more courageous in trying something else after seeing everyone else’s plates, but I have to say that my sandwich was up in the top five for club’s that I have eaten in the past. Rather than fries, my plate had a side of sliced apples which was a very fresh respite from the heaviness of the bread, meat and cheese. I did try my neighbor’s fries which I have to say were quite good and the amount served on the plate was far too many for one person.
Considering the large group we had, it went well and all the food brought to the table was in a very timely manner. No one had to wait on theirs and from what I could tell all the orders were as requested, without having to send anything back. Kudos to our Waiter Matt, for getting everything correct!
I highly recommend Public House if you’re in the Norfolk area. I’ve decided to go back after reading several of their reviews and order the Blue collar Mac and Cheese. Just from the comments I’ve read, I’m already drooling, thinking of a tangy blue cheese sauce over the macaroni. I cannot wait to revisit.
Maybe next time they’ll even call out my name when I walk in!