Valentine’s Day 2012 {Dinner at the Publican}

Last night for Valentine’s Day, Ian took me to dinner at the Publican, a beer-focused restaurant with an eclectic menu inspired by simple farmhouse fare in a space evocative of a European beer hall.

The dining room was so cool, lots of communal tables with a few two-tops in the mix, and how awesome are those lights? The restaurant was on the louder side but it was not too loud to hold a conversation and the loudness actually made the tables feel private.

Even though the restaurant was supposed to replicate a beer hall, I was more in the mood for wine, so I ordered a glass of of cabernet (had two throughout the evening).

Ian happily enjoyed his favorite Three Floyds beer, Zombie Dust.

the Publican doesn’t bring out bread automatically but you can request it, so we did. I love good restaurant bread too much to skip it.

the Publican’s bread did not disappoint. It was crunchy on the outside and doughy on the inside, perfect!

Our waitress also informed us that all of the plates were for sharing and fairly small, so we decided to try a few different items.

To start, I ordered the Endive Salad.

I loved how the goat cheese came on the side, it was also incredibly tasty. I loved this salad!

Ian started with the Spicy Pork Rinds which he claims are the best he’s ever had. They did look pretty fancy for pork skin!

We also shared the Frites with Louis’s eggs.

This was basically a pile of fries with two eggs on top. It may look weird, but it was phenomenal. The best bites were the ones with a fry and some egg white. So good!

We obviously hated them ;)

For my main, I ordered the Scallops

Tiny but delicious. They were actually served with three pieces on pancetta on top but I offered them to Ian and he enjoyed them.

Ian ordered the Country Ribs but I never took a picture.

We were both pretty full after dinner but we rarely order dessert at restaurants and since everything had been so good, we decided to indulge.

After much contemplation, we ordered the Peanut butter parfait with bananas, honeycomb candy, tcho chocolate, graham cookies, and whipped cream

and the Waffle with honey butter & lavendar-peach conserve.

We each took a few bites of both and then I took over the parfait and Ian the waffle. It worked out perfectly :)

With full-bellies we went home, watched a Friday Night Lights, and promptly passed out before 10:30. I couldn’t have asked for a better Valentine’s Day <3