Public House offers great-quality pub fare, whether you're going for a brew and a snack or for a three-course meal.
The noisy, elbows-on-the-table restaurant features a bar area with low tables to sit and have a drink. The main dining area features plush tufted leather booths in rich reds and browns and a dark wood-plank flooring, an element that is also carried throughout the restaurant's walls. Wacky art lines the walls (see smiling chimpanzee in a suit) and gives the restaurant a touch of whimsy. There are a few flat-screen televisions throughout the restaurant just in case your favorite team is playing. There is also a private dining room, which can be closed off to accommodate larger parties.
There are amazing artisanal brews available. You can choose one of them off the four-page beer menu or consult with the beer cicerone (think sommelier, but for beer.) Public House has the first beer cicerone in the state of Nevada.
To go along with that beer, try some of the snacks available like "devils on horseback," tender dates stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in bacon or spicy pork rinds with chili-seasoned lime. There are also charcuterie options like duck rillettes, a foie gras parfait and cheeses including Collier's Welsh cheddar cheese---a tangy, sharp cheddar used in several dishes including the Welsh rarebit (open-faced grilled cheese on thick-cut country bread.)
Appetizers include delicious roasted bone marrow with grilled bread. Three tall bones are served hot out of the oven with a tiny spoon to scoop the marrow out. Other appetizers include grilled octopus and a potted farm egg with mushroom and ricotta cheese.
For main courses, try the branzino (crispy roasted sea bass) served with cauliflower, golden raisins and pine nuts.
Other options include a version of chicken and waffles with deep-fried quail and bacon-braised kale. If you're a fan of pierogies, try the lamb pierogies at Public House. This twist on shepherd's pie features a plate lined with potato puree and a salty lamb jus topped with shredded lamb-filled pierogies and crispy root chips on top.
For dessert, try the root beer float with ale or root beer, served with warm oatmeal raisin cookies. Sticky toffee pudding, spiced doughnut holes and rich chocolate cake are also on the menu.
Public House offers a casual, comfortable place to dine with tasty comfort food and a creative pub atmosphere.
-- Review by Nikki Neu