As cliche’ as it might sound ,there is a “Cheers” feeling when patronizing this place.There was a feeling of welcoming warmth and friendliness that makes this place very special.Don’t be fooled by the smallness of the space as the atmosphere is as grande as any.
With perfectly placed TVs and an assortment of events from Sports to CNN,there is no shortage of conversation from one end of the bar to the other.This is a world truly mastered by the bartender of the day…..as it turns out it was the owner himself Steve Morgan and his son Pete Morgan.They are true craftsmen at work.
With the dining room in view and inviting,we settled in for a bite.While the “Pub-ish” menu has all the staples of classic fare such as Shepherds Pie and Fish And Chips,there were “famous” burgers and steaks that were amazingly priced very economically.There was a printed special “Menu of the Day” inserted that had contemporary flairs and seasonal ingredients that led us to believe this was no ordinary “Pub”.
We started with a “Steak Tidbit Martini” appetizer that was presented in a nouveau glass and included delicious artisan olives and toasted croustades….Absolutly amazing!!
With gracious service from our waitress,she moved from table to table filled with couples and families with the style as if they ( and us) were the most important people in the world.
Upon ordering the entrees,there was an included salad given that was fresh and crisp with the most divine and light Balsamic dressing.We chose the Soft Shell Crabs and the Tuscan Penne with Artichokes,Sausages and Provolone.
First,the portions here are HUGE!
Two Soft Shell Crabs came Beer Battered and served with a spicy Chipotle Remoulade sauce that complimented the sweetness of the delicious crabs….a perfect pairing.
Enough can not be said about the pasta.It was fantastic! There were plenty of Artichokes and Sausage tossed within firm Penne pasta that had soft melted pieces of Provolone.A true taste of little Italy.
After having the leftovers wrapped,we passed on dessert as we could not possibly eat any more.Instantly a Scottish Bread Pudding arrived compliments of the chef.It was an incredible warm,light,fluffy sweetness that was topped with a scoop of Vaniila Ice Cream and Caramel.We were in heaven.
Having sit in amazment for what we just experienced,there was a fascination for how a great everyday local pub can have such over-the-top food….but then again……why not?
With the pictures of memories and history adorning the walls of Morgan’s Publick House,we look forward to making this place a staple of friendships to come.