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Crockett's Public House is a great hangout in downtown Puyallup

Crockett’s Public House in Puyallup is another reason to discover downtown Puyallup. Photo credit: Jake de Paul

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Announcer: The boys are always reminded that there is good food and drinks in the Puyallup Valley, it's just that they aren't as well publicized. But, once again, they walked away from a downtown establishment excited to have discovered a new home for their tastebuds.

Jake: One great thing about Crockett's Public House is happy hour from 3-6 Monday through Friday and all day Sunday.  In addition to all adult drinks discounted by $1, there are nearly a dozen food choices that range from $1-$5 in the bar.  It's easy to fill up on house-made chips with guacamole, spicy Buffalo wings with pickled carrots and crumbled blue cheese, or even a set of cheeseburger sliders.

Jason: The room at Crockett's is long and thin in what appears to be an old warehouse or grain shop.  I didn't catch the history, but the exposed beams and rough edges made hip make the dining experience fun.  It mostly feels like a brew pub.

Jake: There is dining available for families as well so that you can share your favorite dishes with your favorite family members, just in a kid's size.  The kid's menu choices include hot dogs, burgers, and grilled cheese which are to be expected, but the menu also includes marinara pasta, fish and chips and even waffles.

Jason: I started with the kale Caesar salad and was not disappointed.  It was loaded with croutons (my favorite) and the dressing was rich and plentiful, but the kale made me think it was healthier than it probably was.  

Jake: One of the best things on the menu is the house-made meatballs made of veal, pork, and just a little bit of spice before being smothered in a rich, sweet marinara sauce.  The portions are generous and then topped with basil and pistachio nuts and accompanied with warm and melty sourdough cheese bread.  Pasta is also available if you have the appetite.

Jason: I enjoyed the Mexico City street tacos with spicy chipotle sauce and fresh guacamole on flour tortillas. Went with grilled shrimp basted in butter and grilled perfectly. On another visit, the beer battered fish and chips had a nice even crunch around the cod.

Jake: Though Crockett's desert selection is limited to just a handful, you will not be disappointed. Whether you choose the brownie waffle a la mode or the fresh and flakey apple pie (also a la mode), you will be glad you ordered dessert. But the secret on the menu is the adult-only butterscotch bourbon pudding.  At first glance it looks like every other bread pudding topped with caramel sauce and whipped cream; but one bite of the rich and oaky bourbon and you'll know the difference. Sorry kids.

CROCKETT'S PUBLIC HOUSE, 118 E. Stewart Ave., Puyallup, 253.466.3075, 

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