Queenstown: Public House, in Little Italy, finally opened its doors after what seemed like months of renovation.
Tried it last night after a long flight back from the east coast, and the operative word here is "tried". It was a bit crowded, maybe too crowded, for their staff and first we had to wait 20 minutes for someone to even notice our presence and then when we got seated and ordered (fish n chips and the lamb burger) our order was somehow misplaced.
Never one to be deterred, we tried it for brunch today.
First, it was an awfully charming space. Most of the Victorian-style house is taken up by the bar area. There are separate smaller dining rooms in the house, and a separate back patio area for al fresco dining (esp. nice when its not cloudy and gloomy like today).
Brunch menu is small and has some very interesting items, incl. about half-a-dozen mimosas and sangrias (total, not each).
Tried the "Oink" which I guess is their uber-fusion take on Eggs Benedict. It's jalapeno corn bread, with "houison" [sic] pulled pork, a poached egg, accompanied with some jalapeno cayenne hollandaise sauce and garlic kale. This is one of those dishes when you read it on a menu, it's either going to suck or rock your world. It didn't rock my world. Sometimes you just don't want to mess, or even try to improve a classic. All I could taste was this sort of sour-hot sensation from the jalapenos. Not good.
The Chicken and Waffles (described as the "best fried chicken in town") was ok, nothing spectacular, nor awful. Waffles were certainly good, as was the chicken but I've certainly had better chicken.
I wouldn't go out of my way to come here. But if you're in Little Italy in a few months either for the Mercato on a Saturday or just in DTSD area, maybe swing by and see if their service issues have been resolved.
SE corner of Cedar and Columbia (down the street from Pappalecco on Cedar).
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