For our one year married anniversary we decided stay close to home and give the Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar a try. We have walked by this restaurant dozens of times and every time we tell ourselves we have to get a group of ten together to try their pig roast. This time around it was just us two but we have made it our goal to someday try their family style pig roast!
We sat at their packed, u-shaped bar while waiting for a table and were served in five minutes. Our table was ready in about fifteen minutes, twenty minutes sooner than expected! The drinks at the Citizen Public House were right on point. Our favorite was the Fedora Branca made with Brugal Rum, Branca Menta, Meletti Chocolate, and cream. We have had Brugal rum in the Dominican Republic and this is the first time we have seen it in the states. This drink is the perfect dessert! It is sweet and tastes just like an Andes Mint. Delicious!
To start we decided to order a few snacks. First, came the Spicy Fried Pickles with a Buttermilk Sauce. As far as fried pickles go these were rather good! They were not greasy and had a nice crunch. We detected what we think was a strong paprika flavor which paired well with the creamy buttermilk sauce.
|Spicy Fried Pickles with a Buttermilk Sauce|
Next, we had their Crack Fried with a Beef Demi and Blue Cheese Sauce on the side. These fries were perfectly cooked, the beef demi was creamy and full of beef flavor. The portion was very generous for a snack and the flavors were explosive!
Following was the best dish of the night! The Skillet Smoked Mussels served with clarified butter and lime. These mussels were a revelation! They were perfectly smoked which gave them a very meaty flavor. This is a must have dish when dinning at the Citizen Public House.
|Skillet Smoked Mussels|
We are pork lovers and when we saw the Bourbon Glazed Pork Belly on the menu we had to order it. Served with honey crisp apple sauce this dish was a modern twist on the classic pork chop and apple sauce combination. The pork belly was melt in you mouth good! However, when eaten with the rest of the components on the dish, the flavors fell a little flat. It was not bad but it was not wow either.
|Bourbon Glazed Pork Belly|
Last but not least, we ordered the Citizen Public House's Crispy Duck Cassoulet with smoked sausage, white beans, bacon, and cranberries. This dish could have benefited if the smoked sausage was diced and cooked with the white beans and bacon; it overpowered the duck when eaten together. The flavor of the duck confit was absolutely amazing! However, we were expecting crispy and we got none. The skin of the duck, although perfectly browned, was soggy, which was a little disappointing. Overall this was flavorful dish and with a little tweaking it has the potential of to be stunning.
|Crispy Duck Cassoulet|
We had a great time dining at the Citizen Public House! This is the perfect restaurant for groups of friends looking for a good time! They only take reservations for parties of six or more and offer validated parking at $4 for under three hours at the 1330 Boylston parking garage. The service was great, the food was tasty, and the drinks were powerful...what more can you ask for?
For more information on the Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar visit http://www.citizenpub.com.