Things I didn't love during my Appalachian childhood: Southern food.
I'm proud to say that slowly but surely, my palate is expanding to make room for some Southern foods. I still have a whole slew of foods that don't make my list of faves, but I like the new spins that a lot of contemporary Southern-inspired restaurants are doing. That inspiration is part of what I loved about the menu at Public House in Norfolk.
Public House is supposed to be a British-inspired gastropub, but it was menu items like "blue collar mac and cheese," pulled pork and moon pies that got me.
I started with a Ginger Snap: Vodka, dark rum, fresh ginger, honey, apple juice and lime juice. It was sweet and sour and pretty great.
I pushed past my fear and ordered waffle-battered chicken breast with blueberry sauce. CRAZY, but crazy awesome. It was kind of similar to a monte cristo, and the asparagus was perfectly grilled. It was all delicious together, and I seriously cleaned my plate.
I finished the night with homemade gourmand moon pies (too much, I ended up taking more than half of it home). They were great, but I have to admit: I sorta prefer the preservatives-packed kind I grew up eating. These were very rich.
All in all, it was a great eating-out experience; I can't wait to take Sean so he can sample their shepard's pie!