Thursday, December 6, 2012

{Pub}licity in Bellevue: This Week's Dining Review

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM

In this week's issue of the Nashville Scene, critic Carrington Fox visits {Pub}licity, the quirkily punctuated but eminently welcome new "gastropub" in the Kroger strip in Bellevue.

In addition to those unusual curly brackets in its name, {Pub}licity offers more uniqueness: "a well-executed and creatively updated roster of pub-grub in a neighborhood that could use some local flavor."

The owners of the new pub in the strip at 7073 Highway 70 S. used to have a Snappy Tomato franchise in the space, but they decided to remake the spot as "a dark-wood-and-newspaper-decked British-style gastropub. They hooked up a phalanx of televisions and a bank of beer taps dispensing local favorites Yazoo and Blackstone and European stalwarts Guinness, Kronenbourg and Maredsous," Fox tells us.

The menu includes includes creditable versions of such favorites fish-and-chips, moules frites (that's mussels and french fries) and shepherd's pie.

One of the highlights of the menu, Fox says, is a vegetarian, flaky crusted version of the Cornish pasty, a savory stuffed pocket which Fox says is on the roster because of general manager Melinda Johnson's love for all things Harry Potter-related. (The pasty is apparently Ron Weasley's favorite food.)

"We were impressed by the medley of portobello mushroom, eggplant, mozzarella and sun-dried tomato inside the golden pocket, though we would have liked a more generous serving of the filling to balance out the leaves of crust," Fox says of the pasty. (Which, by the way, is pronounced PASS-tee and is also a specialty in parts of Michigan where Cornish miners settled.)

I consider myself fairly Anglophilic, but I don't believe I've ever had a genuine pasty. Anybody in Bites Land ever been pasty-fied? Better yet, anybody been to {Pub}licity yet? Feel free to dispense a pint of your wisdom.

(And by the way, {Pub}licity offers chocolate-dipped BACON, served upright in a mug. Thoughts?)

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