PUBLIC HOUSE IS THE STRIP’S NEW MAN CAVE
Yours Truly spent Groundhog Day dining at the recently opened Public House in The Venetian. This seemed fairly apropos since hanging out at Public House is much akin to spending time in a man cave or as I must imagine from my female viewpoint — a groundhog’s den, as it were. The menu choices are just what you would think the cave men in the Geico commercial would covet at suppertime albeit with a few high-brow ingredients thrown in to take the dishes up a notch or ten.
For example, from the Bar Snacks portion of the menu were the devilishly good Spiced Pork Rinds that were elevated with a creamy Poblano dipping sauce. And how good can pork rinds really taste without beer? Public House offers a sizable beer selection that includes 200 bottles, 24 on tap, and even beer flights for those who like to sample. We also sampled a pillowy Welsh Rarebit, also a Bar Snack, that had such a rich buttery flavor from the cheddar-beer sauce, garlic bread is now a distant memory.
If the pork rinds and Welsh rarebit wasn’t our first clue that this restaurant was 100 percent testosterone driven, then the Smalls (appetizers) section of the menu soon confirmed our suspicions. Choices included Roasted Bone Marrow with a Bacon Marmalade, Grilled Octopus, and Poutine – a magical mix of French fries, duck confit, and cheese curd with “gravy” (aka Bordelaise) poured over the tasty concoction tableside.
The man fest also includes Public House’s Butcher Block, which offers up your choice of Potted Duck Rillettes, Foie Gras Parfait, Country Pate, Jamon Serrano, or Finocchiona Salumi. The restaurant’s signature dishes are a hearty take on Lamb “Shepherd’s Pie” Pierogies and a Pub Burger of all natural grass-fed beef. I opted for the breakfast inspired and very creatively conceived Buttermilk Fried Quail served with waffles, bacon-braised kale and a maple glaze.
For more traditional diners, Public House offers a Shellfish Platter (shrimp, oyster, lobster and crab) a selection of steaks (Butcher, NY Strip, Dry Age Rib Eye). And, yes, ladies there are several salads on the menu but we are sure it must have pained the man-chefs at Public House to include them.
I sampled an array of desserts but was completely smitten with the Irish Coffee Cheesecake with Hazelnut Crumble. It didn’t have the density of cheesecake but instead was almost as light and fluffy as its accompanying Jameson Caramel Chantilly. And, of course, in homage to all things manly, there is a Chocolate Stout Layer Cake served with Malted Milk Ice Cream that is, naturally, topped with carmelized rice crispy bacon.
The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, 702.407.5310, www.publichouselv.com
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight
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