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Bar Review

A Sneak Peek Inside Public School 214

The West Village in Uptown is home to another California-based chain restaurant.
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The West Village in Uptown is home to another California-based chain restaurant, Public School 214 (Eureka Dallas! moved into the space at the corner of McKinney and Blackburn in early December).

Fried jidori chicken, and green chili cornbread waffles.
Fried jidori chicken, and green chili cornbread waffles.

Executive chef, Phil Kastel, has crafted a menu that highlights modern twists on traditional pub fare. There’s Lakewood Temptress braised short ribs with shaved horseradish yukon mashed potatoes, and caramelized onion au jus; beer battered cod with rémoulade sauce, mushy peas, french fries, and sriracha ketchup; fried jidori chicken on top of green chili cornbread waffles with aged cheddar, red eye gravy, Louisiana hot sauce, and maple syrup; and a flat iron steak and truffle butter with a side of chorizo mac and cheese garnished with sea salt and vinegar chips.

Player's Cut: Campari, Carpano Antica, and gin.
Player’s Cut: Campari, Carpano Antica, and gin.

The bar has 24 beers on tap (16 of which are rotating) with local picks like the Witbier from Community Beer Co., Velvet Hammer from Peticolas, and the Lakewood’s Holiday Bonus. There is also wine on tap, and signature cocktails such as the Yellow Smoke with fresh pineapple juice, serrano agave, and mezcal; Crushed Velvet with blackberry and blueberry reduction, lavender, and vodka; and the Fireside Chat with apple, cranberry, sage, and rye.

Crushed Velvet: Blackberry and blueberry reduction, lavender, and vodka.
Crushed Velvet: Blackberry and blueberry reduction, lavender, and vodka.

Happy hour (which is called “recess”) is available at the bar Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., and includes $4 to $7 food specials, $5 wells, $4 to $5 handles, and $10 to $15 half liters of wine. Weekend brunch runs Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and includes a selection of mimosas, micheladas, and bloody marys, and dishes such as chicken sausage with cheddar grits, stuffed french toast, and eggs Benedict pizza.

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The school-themed restaurant and bar opens this Thursday, January 29, and an Addison outpost aptly named Public School 972 is slated to open at 14854 Montfort Avenue this fall.

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Roasted poblano with quinoa.
Roasted poblano with quinoa.
Bacon cheddar tots with sriracha ketchup.
Bacon cheddar tots with sriracha ketchup.

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