Dine On A Dime: The Publican

New watering hole offers craft beer and not-so-typical pub food.

Wallingford’s Tangletown neighborhood welcomes a restaurant and bar from the owners of Brouwer’s Café and Bottleworks. The Publican only opened a few weeks ago, but don’t be fooled by the modest exterior – business is booming inside.

Breakfast is served all day – instant win. Choose from a huge selection of draft/canned beers and cocktails while you chat with friends and chow on chicken and waffles.

Meal Steals: The Publican’s three best dishes under $10

When my eyes landed on the Poutine ($9), I knew I had to have it. Pommes frites (a fancy name for french fries) are topped with Wisconsin cheddar curds, beer cheese and steak sauce. You might not be able to put your fork down.

If you go for breakfast or brunch, try the sour rye French toast ($9.50). Three slices of sour marbled rye are dipped in a caraway batter and then topped with bacon bits, candied nuts, apple butter and malted whipped cream. I knew they’d figure out a way to work bacon into french toast some day!

For lighter fare, the seasonal salad ($9) is a fresh choice. Organic baby head lettuce is mixed with haricot verts, organic rainbow carrots, Benning Irish goat cheese and topped with a blood orange vinaigrette.

As for drinks, I had the Port Townsend amber ale ($5), and my friends had the Laurelwood pale ale ($5) and the Fremont Publican IPA ($5). Come for brunch or dinner — or just to hang out at the bar. You won’t be disappointed.

The Publican | 2253 N. 56th St., Wallingford | (206) 420-8943