Wednesday, November 14, 2012

First Bite: {Pub}licity Opens in Bellevue

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 5:45 AM

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{Pub}licity, the self-described gastropub in Bellevue that Dana alerted you all to last month, officially opened this week after a few days of recipe and process-testing with friends and family. {Pub}licity has also earned a spot among the roster of restaurant names most likely to be cut-and-pasted by local food writers challenged by its peculiar punctuation. It'll be a bear of a Google search ...

Luckily, you don't have to search hard to find the restaurant, since it's located in the Kroger center (near Iroquois Wine and Spirits) at the corner of Old Hickory Boulevard and Highway 70S. If you need the address for your GPS, it's officially at 7073 Highway 70S.

Once you get there, you should also find yourself immediately at home. The comfortable atmosphere seems very friendly and pubby, with a well-stocked bar running most of the length of one wall and high-def televisions sprinkled around the room to show popular sporting events. The menu was still being tweaked a bit when I visited last weekend, but it looks like it will be extensive and inventive.

You can start off with the bacon sampler, which is served in a tall glass lined with Arthur Treacher-like waxed paper printed like a newspaper. Three strips of different preparations of bacon include applewood smoked, candied maple bacon and chocolate-dipped bacon. Wow, I got a little flushed just typing that ...

Other appetizers include a variety of flatbreads, which were a little lighter and sweeter than your typical pizza crusts, but otherwise you could call them pizzas. We also sampled a couple of their panini and a hearty shepherd's pie served in a precious little cast-iron skillet. They also plan to serve a big chocolate chip cookie in that same type of skillet, so save room for dessert.

The overall selection of pub food looks like aspires to rise a little above your typical comfort grub. As always, if you get a chance to eat your way through more of the menu than I did, share your experiences in the comments.

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