I am no stranger to Himmarshee Public House. Having lived in Fort Lauderdale for 5 years before making the move up to Delray Beach, I can actually remember the exact moment they opened: I was sitting across the street at Tarpon Bend and as soon as those doors swung open, it was like a mass Exodus of people walking out of Tarpon and crossing the street, fleeing the old in search of the new. I very soon became a regular both for Happy Hour and their sinful Bottomless brunch (check out the brunch menu and you’ll understand why… I probably ate enough calories to last me a week), I had friends who worked there, and I definitely spent more debaucherous nights there than I care to remember (although honestly, I really CAN’T remember a lot of it…) So when I was asked to dine in and try out a few of their new menu items, it was an absolute no-brainer for me.
The menu wasn’t the only thing that got a re-vamp: Since I had been in last, they had replaced some of the tables with a new side bar that is absolutely gorgeous. It really represents the feel of Public House and knowing how crowded the bar can get, was a great choice for them to install.
Speaking of bar, it was Friday AND Happy Hour, so it was time to get the drinks a-flowin’. Public House, like all the JEY Hospitality restaurants (Tacocraft, Pizzacraft, The Apothacary, and another favorite of mine, RokBurger), has a 2-4-1 Happy Hour every Monday-Friday from 4pm-7pm, and the tokens that you receive can be redeemed at any of their restaurants. There’s not many places that do that, which is a huge advantage! As soon as I saw the Watermelon Mule, I knew she had to be mine, and I was not disappointed. The Mule went down far too easy, but no fear, there were plenty of carbs coming my way to line this iron stomach.
When it comes to appetizers, Public House puts their game face on, and although there were plenty of apps that I had tried before that I would gladly go back for (the Buffalo Bleu Cheese Dip puts all other dips to shame and of course this Philly girl has indulged in their Warm Soft Pretzel with smoked gouda fondue before), we decided on two of their new additions. The Tuna Poke Wontons, served with avocado, seaweed, sesame seeds, and spicy mayo, are a great bite to start Happy Hour off with. Light, simple, fresh – not my typical M.O. (I’m usually found chowing down on fried, cheesy and greasy) – but a very tasty bite perfect for sharing.
I am a HUGE quesadilla fan (little known fact, in 2010 they were my obsession before french fries was my obsession- can you imagine if this blog had to have been called something like Quesadilla Qouture or Qlothed in Quesadillas or The Quesadilla Qloset?? By the way, if anyone uses those, the credit goes here.), so when I saw that one of their new menu items was a Goat Cheese Quesadilla, I just had to try it. Made with truffle oil, balsamic glaze, arugula, and local honey, the ingredients seem simple, but they pack A LOT of taste. And while I love my chicken or shrimp quesadillas, this was an extremely welcome twist – so good, I wanted my own order!
When it came time for the entrees, my E.P.I.C. Shaina ordered the market fish special, a pan-seared mahi mahi in a lemon-butter sauce served with mashed potatoes and a side of sautéed mushrooms, green beans and sun dried tomatoes. I tried a bite which was very good, but I had bigger fish to fry (well really, chicken). But if you want her take on this great pescatarian option, you can read her blog here.
Yeah, can you see why I was saving my appetite? Honey Truffle Fried Chicken. I had already indulged in their Chicken Biscuit at brunch a few times, which is one of my top three brunch meals I’ve ever had, so I was expecting greatness – but I wasn’t even prepared for this. Southern fried, coated in honey truffle, and served with a side of skillet cornbread and slaw. Dishes like these are the reason I birthed Fashionably French Fried – to bring to you, my foodie followers, the most outrageous fried dishes that this planet has to offer. Wow. I don’t care if you’re on a diet. I don’t care if fried food makes your poor tummy queasy. I don’t care about your New Years Resolutions. I don’t care if your mother will yell at you, your significant other will leave you, or if your personal trainer will disown or double charge you. THIS DISH IS WORTH ALL OF IT. You might never have another bite quite as delicious as this chicken. Paired with the warm, comforting skillet cornbread and that perfectly creamy, sweet slaw, THIS is a Gold Star meal.
And if you didn’t know that I was going to add in an order of their delicious Parmesan Truffle Fries, well then you’re clearly not reading this blog enough, and I’m offended.
A home cooked Southern meal is perfectly followed by warm cookies and milk, so we indulged in the Nutella-filled cookie served with a side of vanilla milk. I’m not a huge milk fan and didn’t think that this milk had a ton of flavor, so I bypassed it and went straight for the heart of the cookie: the warm, Nutella filled center. It made me feel exactly like the cookie: warm and gooey inside. I may have transformed in to Cookie Monster for a brief minute (fun fact, I used to play Cookie Monster at Sesame Place but refused to eat the cookies that all the children would bring me because, ew, germs).
This meal definitely reinforced my love for Himmarshee Public House. I highly recommend you go there, and if you ever need a date to go with, I will 110% make myself available.
***I received complimentary noms in exchange for this post, however, you cannot bribe me with food, so all opinions are my own.