Dining Day Trips
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Be sure to try one of Public House Brewing Company’s beers. Some of our favorites are the Rod’s Cream Ale, Revelation Stout, Hide & Seek Hefeweizen and Elusive IPA.
Homegrown Pub Fare
Just less than two hours east of Springfield, St. James is home to Public House Brewing Company, located off the I-44 for easy access to craft beer and upscale pub food. BY ROSE MARTHIS
Owner Josh Stacy opened the first Public House Brewing Company (551 State Route B, St. James, 573-261-3333) in downtown Rolla, focusing on operating as a brewery and small pub selling everything they made in house right at the bar. When they outgrew the space, Stacy found a second location in St. James, right next door to St. James Winery. The full-production brewery and tasting room opened in November 2014, with a full kitchen and room to seat 250 people.
The menu showcases what chef Alex Giger can do with locally sourced meat and produce. Customer favorites include the reuben, made with local beef cured in-house, and seasonal salads that change every month to ensure the freshest ingredients. Try the delicious smoked trout fritters that are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, filled with smoky trout. The real treat is in the garnishes: red onion slices and chunks of crispy, salty bacon top dollops of tangy remoulade sauce. When you’re in the mood for something briny, try the pickle plate. A mix of vegetables like cucumbers, okra and watermelon rinds take on a whole new sour flavor.
Cap your meal off by ordering a fresh dessert, like the salty-and-sweet cinnamon-sugar sweet pretzel bites or a parfait blending seasonal fruits with creamy yogurt and crunchy granola. Don’t forget to pair your eats with some brews made by the experts in the back of the house.
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