On the recommendation of sgordon, we had a very nice brunch at Public this morning. We hadn't been back in a while and always enjoy both the neighborhood and decor there, so it seemed like a good choice for a sunny fall day.
We walked in around 11:30am but for a party of 2 there was about a 30 minute wait, although there were plenty of larger tables open. However, there were a ton of bar seats available. We decided to sit at the bright and cheery bar, and soak in the sun coming in through their beautiful skylight.
My husband had a Bloody Maria, which was good, but not amazing. I really enjoyed my not too sweet fig and vanilla bellini. The bartender was pretty good for a non-cocktailian bar, and very engaging.
We split two dishes. Turkish eggs were very good. It's two poached eggs on Greek yogurt with kirmizi biber butter, that come in a small bowl, served with two slices of thick toast on the side. I really enjoy dipping the toast into the egg and yogurt mixture. It was really good bread with a nice yeasty flavor, and excellent crumb. Big, airy, and rustic.
The other dish, I could hardly get my husband to share this equally! Black pudding waffles with red wine poached pears and whipped foie gras butter. That's right. Whipped foie gras butter. There was also some sort of red wine reduction that acted in place of maple syrup that really tied everything together. Fluffy meaty waffles that were a little sweet. The blood pudding flavor was subtle but there -- and the waffles were delicious on their own. But the foie butter was delicious, and almost too much by the end. Really wonderful dish.
We'll be back!
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