Quickie Review: Kelly’s Public House

It’s always fun finding something unexpected.  Because Carla and I did the tasting at Party Source on Friday night and the Midwinter Beer Festival on Saturday afternoon, we decided that staying at the Radisson might just be the way to go.  We got back from Party Source and wanted food, and — go figure — one more beer for the night.  With Mainstrasse just a couple of blocks away, there’s no shortage of great places to go.  Carla had noticed, however, that the Radisson has a place that does a Pint Night on Thursdays.  Sure, we were there on Friday, but if they have a Pint Night, they must have something on draft.

Did they ever.

I’ve been in lots of just-off-the-lobby hotel pubs, but I have to say Kelly’s Public House is one of the best I’ve seen. Here’s what they have on tap:

  • Guiness
  • Smithwick’s
  • Sierra Nevada Brown Ale
  • Fuller’s ESB
  • Bitburger
  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale

I was told the lineup hasn’t changed in about a year.

In bottles:

  • Blue Moon
  • Kentucky Ale
  • Dos Equis
  • New Holland Mad Hatter
  • Sam Adams Boston Ale
  • Shiner Bock
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Amstel Light
  • Heineken
  • Bass
  • Beck’s
  • Strongbow
  • Bellhaven Scotch Ale
  • Corona
  • Newcastle

They had Bud, a couple of Michelobs, Coors Light and Miller Genuine Draft in bottles, but not on draft.

The food menu was pretty straightforward pub fare, but with one nice twist.  There were several dishes that are regional favorites elsewhere ( a Walleye sandwich, the original Club sandwich as made at the Saratoga Club in Saratoga Springs, NY) .  The one that caught my eye was “Beef on Weck,” a favorite in Buffalo and all of Western New York.  I fell in love with them in another lifetime, but it’s never gotten the love the Buffalo-style chicken wing has gotten.  It’s a roast beef sandwich served a jus on a Kimmelweck roll.  That’s basically a crusty kasier-roll with caraway and very coarse salt sprinkled on top.  The version at Kelly’s was more of a soft bun with caraway and a bit finer salt.  Not quite the same effect, but it’s better than no Beef on Weck at all.

Kelly’s Public House is a couple of cuts above your typical hotel lobby pub.  The staff is quick and friendly, and our server seemed to know her stuff.  My bet is that it doesn’t get too crowded (and it’s a good-sized space).  I think it would be a good choice on a night when you just want something good in a hurry, but for whatever reason don’t want to deal with Mainstrasse.  It’s no Cock & Bull, but Kelly’s Public House is a pretty nice little pub.

One Reply to “Quickie Review: Kelly’s Public House”

  1. Didn’t even know this place existed, I’ll have to check it out. Goo to know there is something like this on the way home.

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