KEEPING IT LOCAL: THE LOCAL PUBLIC HOUSE Bringing something new to pub culture in Bellingham. Food Loves Beer Editors | March 26, 2014
PHOTO CREDIT: THE LOCAL PUBLIC HOUSE
THE LOCAL PUBLIC HOUSE Opened in October 2013, The Local Public House earns a spot on our one-to-watch list. With a rotating 14-tap sampling of (12) local and regional beers and (2) ciders, plus a small plate menu that includes beer-pairing suggestions, it's a definite recipient for our Good Food Good Beer recommendation. The food is pub fare, but elevated with a stylish, refined New American element. Curry-beer battered fish and hand-cut fries are served with coconut-chili aioli ($11). The sweet-soy and citrus fried chicken wings ($7) have a Korean chili paste and house-made kimchi garnish. Chilaquiles, a traditional Mexican dish on the brunch menu, is a layered masterpiece of eggs, crispy tortilla strips, cotija cheese and beans with salsa. ($8) The Cascadia region beer selection includes a handpicked assortment from neighboring breweries, along with several from the pub’s affiliated brewery, Menace Brewing, in Ferndale.
WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK Yeah, it's all good, but these three pairings are really calling our name:
Taylor Shellfish Steamers paired with pFriem Belgian Strong Dark Ale
House-Cured Crispy Pork Belly Tacos paired with Double Mountain Vaporizer
Chimichurri Lamb Frites paired with Oakshire Amber
WHAT ELSE DO WE LIKE? The Local's chic yet inviting ambiance makes you feel right at home. Maybe it's the rustic warmth of wood, or the soft overhead lighting, or the understated industrial steel work. Perhaps it's the friendly staff, or the monthly cribbage tournaments, or the proprietors who see The Local as a beer culture hub for Bellingham, a go-to place where locals can sample all of Whatcom county's micro-brews on tap.