It may have been Crockett’s Public House, a chill-out, family-friendly American pub-style eatery, that kicked off the restaurant scene in downtown Puyallup. So says owner Shaun Broback, who also owns the popular Trackside Pizza. Like that local dining industry winner, Crockett’s has been a firestorm success from the get-go.
Sliding out savvy cocktails and tap beers, not to mention luscious complementary American fare, Crockett’s has seen such demand that it’s launching its premier drive-through this fall, with a shortened menu of its delicious sit-down offerings.
Set in a former historic feed store, Crockett’s has been a hit since its beginnings in 2011—so much so that high-voltage chef Guy Fieri featured the innovative gastropub on his Food Network smash Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
That really stoked Broback. He said Crockett’s has been very well received by the community, which he characterizes as both unique and a great market that’s undervalued.
New items on the menu this year include what the servers say is most popular: the tuna melt, built on chewy, Parmesan-crusted sourdough bread and slathered with melted Gruyère cheese.
Standards like the chili burger and crisp-fried, onion-topped Mom’s Sloppy Joe, however, continue to fight for first-place rank in customer orders. So do breakfasts, served to crowds on weekends only, from 8 a.m. to noon.
The four-page drink menu has been completely revamped as well. That’s a particular draw, as the gastropub offers $5 happy hour drink specials weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and all day Sunday.
Other unique menu items include fire-grilled artichokes with Calabrian aioli, a thick-cut BLT with chips, hearty chicken and waffles with maple syrup and Louisiana hot sauce, Asian chicken salad, seafood chowder, and the famous Public House meatballs, sprinkled liberally with Parmesan and pistachios.
If you want to kick back and enjoy a variety of terrific pub fare, invite family and friends to join you in the relaxing ambiance of Crockett’s pub-style setting, complete with exposed brick walls, cheery servers, light shining through big windows, stained-glass accents and lots of buzz.
Or, if you’re in a hurry, just speed through the drive-through. Either route is an equally satisfying experience.
HOLLY SMITH PETERSON
Crockett’s Public House
118 East Stewart Ave, Puyallup