September’s review features a new venue in St. Paul’s Lowertown, PUBLIC kitchen + bar as well as a nearby brewery, Tin Whiskers. A recent Saturday brunch at PUBLIC morphed into a trip to Tin Whiskers and a run in with the “Rails & Ales Light Rail Brewery Crawl”. Now how much fun do you think we had?
PUBLIC, simply put, is beautiful inside and out. It is housed in a turn of the century brick and timber constructed building and adjacent to Mears Park. The space is massive with over 10,000 sf of dining, bar and lounge space. Brunch, lunch and dinner is served in the alluring upper level restaurant while the lower level lounge provides more of a comfortable, private and personal atmosphere along with classic cocktails and small plate menu offerings.
This dining review is of Brunch which was thoroughly appreciated and initiated with an Appetizer of Three Cheese Fondue – apples, candied pecans, bacon and grilled baguette as a shared plate. Entrees of, French Toast – maple syrup, strawberry relish and candied pecan butter | Breakfast Sandwich – bourbon glazed bacon, sausage link, fried egg, white cheddar loaded on an English muffin along with hollandaise sauce and breakfast potatoes. Non-Brunch of, Grilled Chicken Club – bourbon glazed bacon, arugula, marinated tomatoes and garlic aioli | Noyels + Cutler Burger – bourbon glazed bacon, jalapeno jam, garlic aioli and fries.
Next stop and a mere two minute drive is Tin Whiskers Brewing Company. Arriving, we enter a party with 5 flagship brews and on this day a Cask IPA, in addition to a massive crowd on a Brewery Crawl. At Tin Whiskers as with most breweries, flights, pints and growlers are poured and people share tables and tales of their passion for beer. To answer my earlier question, we had GREAT FUN!!!!
Bill’s Beverage of the Month
Notes from Tin Whiskers: “An American pale ale with deep citrus aroma, malty backbone, and a relaxed bitterness. A flip switch is a mechanism actuating the transition between open and closed states of an electrical circuit. Probably the most common example is a light switch. You know that intense bright light you get when you flip on a good old fashioned light bulb? The kind that almost blinds you until your eyes have a second to adjust? Well the bold hop flavor you experience in the first sip of a Flip Switch is kind of like that, without the blindness of course.”