The Norfolk Twitter-sphere was abuzz with activity regarding the opening of Public House. So when I talked about meeting two friends who work in Norfolk for lunch I suggested we try the joint out.
When I first walked in the aroma reminded me of the old college bar I used to hang out in. Not a good sign. That smell reminded me of floor drenched in cheap beer and sub-par bar clean up. It is also very dark. Not too big of a deal, but still – dark.
I had to giggle at our waiter who was an awkward dude. Kind of like it was his first day on the job and had no idea what to say when approaching a table. Come on man. It may very well be your first day but I know you’ve been out to eat a time or two.
My BFF and I decided to split the Spinach and Shrimp salad and the Blue Collar Mac and Cheese. The salad included spinach (duh) with white wine and orange-poached jumbo shrimp, pickled asparagus, roasted tomatoes, white corn and red peppers served with an avocado and cucumber dressing. I was pretty disappointed to find only four, small shrimp on the $13 salad and I didn’t taste any of the flavors of the wine or orange.
The Blue Collar mac and cheese had cheddar and organic mozzarella topped with panko bread crumbs. It was a pretty tasty dish with a nice bite of pepper throughout.However, it too had a pretty hefty $9 price tag on this crock of elbows.
This girl works hard for her money and while I normally don’t pay attention to price tags when it comes to food I did on this occasion. The price points are too high for the food that is being served. For example, the burger is eleven bucks. Do you want fries with that? Add three dollars more. That’s a fourteen dollar burger.
Any who. I came, I saw, I ate – I wasn’t dazzled. Just happy to know that there is still, (well) Still and Bardo.