When we first arrived on the Shoreline, we spent many nights at Anne’s Kitchen, a sweet little cafe serving good food at fair prices in the strip mall by the A&P in Old Lyme. We loved it there, but when Anne packed up and left, our go-to reinvented itself numerous times and never got it quite right. Those days, happily, are gone and if I didn’t see you this weekend at the new Public House, I’m sure I will soon. On both my visits, it was full of grinning Old Lymies, finally enjoying what the our little town has been desperate for: a place to run with the girls after yoga for a salad or a lobster slider, bring the kids for a burger, or snack on some tasty buffalo wings or a plate of deviled eggs at the bar. We grabbed the private room in the back (minimum of eight for reservation) and sat around all night long supping on “boards” of roasted chicken, grilled hanger steak with crispy fries and a variety of dipping sauces, fresh salmon salad. With 12 beers on tap and 50 bottles, interesting wines, and a trendy cocktail list (Moscow Mule, anyone?), the owners (hailing from The Mystic Boathouse) have done their homework. From nibbles to small plates, salads and “big plates”, the menu is full of crowd-pleasers like patty melts, slow braised short ribs and the roasted chicken “board” pictured. It’s a little loud (that chic dark wood flooring is actually ceramic), and I think they should squeeze a few more tables in the dining room, but those are minor complaints. Unpretentious, straight-forward fare at reasonable prices. Expect a wait by next weekend. Find Public House on facebook here.
tags: The Public House, Old Lyme, local, bar food, wings, beer, burgers, families, lunch