The Publick House
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5/5 rDev +12.6%
I love the Publick House. I would like a home bar that resembles the Monk's Cell.
I lived and worke in the neighborhood of this place and find that since I moved to the left coast, I compare every beer bar to them. Though my education in beer goes back decades, I have gained so much beer minutia from the Publick House and its top-notch crew.
Not only do they have a comprehensive beer selection and knowledgeable staff, they have a spectacular food menu. My tip: try the frites, the mussels, mac & cheese. These are staples of the menu and they have been for years. I've still never had a better mac & cheese in the Boston area.
They have a menu that changes seasonally as well as specials. My most recent visit, I had the pork confit fried in panko breadcrumbs.
So. Damn. Good.
12-03-2011 08:05:57 | More by stevecooks
5/5 rDev +12.6%
My wife and I had a little trouble finding Anam Cara. We tried our best to keep our eyes peeled as we fought traffic but realized we overshot it as we noticed the building numbers decrease. So, we turned around and parked in a spot we thought was close by. As we walked up the sidewalk looking at the building numbers in all the windows I looked up at just the right moment and there it was. A Chimay sign affixed to the side of the facade. I knew that had to be it.
As we entered the building, I noticed heavily worn wood floors, stone features, and an overall gothic church like feel. We sat at a table by the window and I immediately grabbed the beer menu. I had to ask the waiter to give me some time with a selection like that. He smiled and walked away. Upon his return, I ordered a Stone Old Guardian on tap. The beer was served very quickly in a clean, 10 oz. wine glass. As I enjoyed the beer I looked around at the surroundings and the people gathered and realized that I was surrounded by beer advocates. I have yet to get that feeling anywhere before, even at my local "beer" establishments in PA. What a wonderful feeling of unspoken cameraderie. I kept glancing at the young guy sitting in the bar area at a table with who appeared to be his Dad and could see that he was thoroughly enjoying every sip of his beer. Every other table was adorned with glasses of beer with thick heads and lacing down the sides. Heaven on earth as far as I'm concerned.
The food was outstanding. I had wings and a cheessteak while my wife had chile and battered shrimp. The wings tasted a bit more barbecue like than I am used to but very good indeed. The cheesteak was about as upscale as I think a cheesesteak could be. Real cheddar cheese, quality meat, and bell peppers on a toasted roll. My wife's chile was gourmet and the shrimp was the best she had ever eaten. That's saying a lot since my wife has certainly had her fair share of battered shrimp.
Upon departure, I asked the waiter if I could take the tap menu with me. He said, "Go ahead, it's only a piece of paper." What he doesn't realize, is that piece of paper will be framed and hung on the wall in my brew room to bring back great memories of a wonderful evening.
Anam Cara, you have a friend in PA. Keep spreading the gospel of great beer.
02-09-2005 15:12:52 | More by ggroller
The Publick House in Brookline, MA
98 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.