Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Midweek Mini - Brunch at the Publican
Do you know those places that you hear about a TON, but life never seems to lead you there? The Publican is one of those restaurants for me, but luckily, I got a chance to check it out for myself for a blogger brunch this past weekend.
The Publican is located in West Loop... err Fulton Market District? Can someone who knows more about these things tell me if Fulton Market is actually a neighborhood? I digress. Anyway, it's in one of my favorite foodie regions of Chicago, so already, it was off to a great start. (If you missed it, I just recently reviewed the Publican's neighbor, Duck Duck Goat, so you can say I have a healthy obsession with the area).
The restaurant itself has a very no-frills design (with awesome lights), with long, wooden communal tables and high backed chairs, meant to be reminiscent of a European beer hall. The menu itself is supposed to be an ode to beer, pork, and oysters, but I was a particularly bad foodie on this trip and had none of those things.
Luckily, Erin from Loop Looks - who I met for the first time in person that day - ordered a Brunch Box, a cocktail with a unique mixture of montenegro amaro, beer, and grapefruit juice. Beer, check. Whew, that was a close one. I, on the other hand, ordered a quite unoriginal mimosa that was decidedly okay.
Over the course of the meal Erin and I chatted about life and blogging, and it was great to hear the perspective of such a Chicago blogging veteran! She ordered a really delicious looking brisket dish, channeling the likes of biscuit and gravy. I'm all about some well-executed gravy and this dish seemed to be no exception.
We also ordered a side of fries with a fried egg on top for the table. The portion size on this dish was huge! We barely made a dent in them, but you can be sure that all that runny yolk was soaked up and consumed.
For my meal, I ordered the Mushroom Toast. I was so happy with the thick slice of fresh sesame bread, that soaked up the creaminess from the over-easy eggs, the ricotta cheese, and chili garlic vinaigrette. Also, spinach is probably my favorite vegetable, so I wasn't mad at its appearance on the plate. I'd definitely recommend ordering this if you've tired of the ever-so-popular avocado toast, but are looking for something a bit more hearty.
Overall, I had a great time getting to know Erin and was happy to explore another well-known West Loop/Fulton Market restaurant with a fellow blogger. Although I wasn't terribly observant of the atmosphere (hello, very important blogger business was being conducted), I do remember it was a light and lively atmosphere, without feeling too overrun, as some places can feel on a Saturday during brunch.
Have you been to the Publican? What menu items do you recommend? What are some of your favorite West Loop/Fulton Market Kitchen restaurants? Leave a comment below and let me know!