Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Barnum Publick House in Bridgeport CT

Media Event - November 2013

This week Barnum Publick House in Bridgeport CT held a small promotion to feature some of their delicious appetizers and specialty cocktails.

This was my first time there and I absolutely loved the cozy atmosphere of the restaurant. It features a good sized bar and a small L-shaped dining room, with an open and airy feeling.

There were plenty of signature cocktails available on the menu, each designed by house bartender "BootlegGreg," but I was intrigued by one of the new offerings, a Pumpkin Cocktail made with real pumpkins and Tanduay Rum. While it was very good, I thought presentation could be pumped up a notch with an herbed garnish (maybe a rosemary sprig?) or a spiced cinnamon and sugar rim.
Pumpkin Cocktail
We sampled some of Barnum Publick House's renowned appetizers, the Stonington Calamari, Lump Crab Cakes, and Short Rib Nachos.

Barnum House Appetizers

Each of the appetizers were very good, with a slight differentiation from their traditional namesakes. The Stonington Calamari. were made in a spicy flour, with a sweet chili sauce for dipping. The Short Rib Nachos were made with a sweet seasoned shortribs, jalapenos, tomatoes,  creamy cheese sauce, sour cream, and, instead of the typical corn tortilla chips, these were made of Barnum Publick House's made on premise Potato Chips.  The Lump Crab Cakes were probably my favorite appetizer served at Barnum, made with lots of lump crabmeat, warm corn relish, lemon, and served on drizzled tartar sauce.

Barnum Publick House

For dinner, we moved down the street to Bistro B, sister restaurant to Barnum Publick House. More on our review of Bistro B HERE.

The Barnum Publick House is a great place to stop for lunch, happy hour, or dinner, and serves up some great American Pub Fare at affordable prices.

1020 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 


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