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Eat of the Week: Crockett’s Public House

Crockett’s Public House is home to the most sophisticated comfort food pub in Puyallup.

If you’ve been craving comfort food that tastes better than your typical burger joint, Crockett’s Public House could be just what you’ve been searching for.

The restaurant, located on South Meridian in north Puyallup, looks weathered from outside, like it’s been there since the divey dawn of time. But once you walk inside, it’s bright and modern, with blonde wood tables and booths with industrial, brick-exposed walls, a breezeway kitchen line and low-hanging chandeliers.

Menu choices revolve around comfort pub fare—burgers, melts, sandwiches, salads and steaks, even gourmet hot dogs. The average entrée costs about $11 and taps at $27.95 for "The Dude," a 16-ounce rib-eye steak.

The Patch team visited Crockett’s for lunch recently and we all enjoyed it. The wait staff was attentive, even though the restaurant was bustling.

FUN FACT: Crockett’s Public House Check out the "Loved It" stamp of approval from Guy Fieri on signature dishes and take a photo with his autographed photo in the front of the house.

Here’s What We Ordered:

I went with a childhood favorite, the Grilled Cheese Melt. Crispy sourdough bread was topped with provolone, munster and gruyere cheese and came with a side of "mom’s" tomato soup and cole slaw. You get a choice of fries or a side-salad. I went with a side salad topped with balsamic vinaigrette.

  • COST: The Grilled Cheese Melt runs for $9.50.

Brent got the Mexico City Street Tacos with grilled shrimp, which constituted one taco and one side. The butter-basted and hardwood grilled shrimp was seasoned with cheddar, chipotle mayo, cabbage, pico de gallo and avocado on a flour tortilla. It came with the option of fries or salad - Brent went with a side salad.

  • COST: Brent’s meal was one of the cheapest on the lunch menu, at only $7.

Akiko ordered the Thai Chicken Salad, consisting of Napa cabbage and an array of vegetables, including spring greens, red bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers and onions, covered in a spicy Thai vinaigrette and peanut sauce. She thought the crunchy ramen noodles sprinkled on top was a nice touch.

  • COST: Half salad costs $8.50, full is $13.50.

Margaret ordered Mom’s Sloppy Joes, a nostalgic dish that brought her back to the Midwest. The dish consists of slow-ground pork and beef, cooked in a tomato sauce with crispy fried onions on a toasted roll and fries on the dide,

  • COST: Mom’s Sloppy Joes cost $9.95, and it’s a Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives 'Love It' favorite.

The only complaint anyone at our table had about our experience at Crockett’s was parking-related. Word to the wise—be prepared to circle the block or huff it down the street. I managed to snag a spot in the back parking lot, but the hourly rules are confusing, as Crockett’s shares the space with other businesses. I was frustrated by the selfishness of patrons taking up two stalls in the too-narrow lot. But, I guess that’s not the restaurant’s fault, is it? (If you drive a big truck, learn how to park it, people!)

THE NITTY GRITTY

Crockett’s Public House is located at 118 E. Stewart Ave in Puyallup and is open for lunch, dinner and weekend breakfast.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. (or later); Fri: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (or later); Sat. 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. (or later); Sun. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (or later).

Phone: 253-466-3075

Happy Hour Times: Mon-Fri from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and all day Sunday.

Website: http://crockettspublichouse.com/

Have you dined at Crockett’s Public House? What did you think? Tell us in the comments.

Lauren Padgett (Editor) December 27, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I really liked the tomato soup that came with my grilled cheese sandwich. I think that was my favorite part of the Grilled Cheese Melt meal. It was so tasty! Yummmm
Margaret Santjer December 27, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Loved the sloppy joe! It was spicier than I expected, which was a nice surprise. Plus, I watch Guy's show a lot, so I figured it was worth trying with his seal of approval on it. I'd order it again.
Akiko Oda December 28, 2012 at 06:15 PM
The salad was pretty good. I think it would have tasted even better with less dressing. It was too much vinaigrette for me. But nice atmosphere and friendly service!
Laurie Miller February 18, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Having dined at Crockets a few times, we found the space could use some sound proofing. With such high ceilings, sound swirls around the dining-room making it difficult to have a conversation with those around you...without sharing with your neighbors. Worse still, we were seated next to the kitchen..just located over a little glass wall from our table. Every time an order was called into the back, we heard it. In fact, the entire place could hear it. But for us, this guy might have been seated right next to us. Nothing worse than hearing someone screaming and yelling every couple of minutes while trying to enjoy your meal and friends. When our meal came, we were disappointed by the presentation and amount of food served to my friend who ordered a burger. (An open faced burger served on a large platter....nothing else). No fries, no salad and no slaw. That was a spendy burger with not much to show for it. When our bill came, we were charged for the drinks ordered by the table next to us. We pointed this out and the waitress corrected the bill...but with no apology. When I called to speak to the manager, my concerns were ignored and no apology offered. We were there to celebrate my birthday....which ended up a not too happy occasion. Perhaps over time they have changed up their menu and improved upon their service. And, sometimes you get just once chance to impress someone. Had the manager tried to rectify or acknowledge my complaint, I might have given them a second chance.

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