A few years ago before I brought my foodie experiences to the blog, I had a solo lunch at Public School 214 in West Village for the first time. I thought the schoolhouse ambiance was the cutest idea in the world. From the notebook-printed napkins to the vintage books and paraphernalia, the details of the spot were clearly well thought out.
I had an opportunity to dine at the new location in Dallas, Public School 972, which is nestled comfortably on Montfort Drive in Addison and perfectly located for easy access to "recess" (their version of happy hour). There are also Public School locations in California: Los Angeles, Culver City, Thousand Oaks, Sherman Oaks; Colorado: Denver; Nevada: Las Vegas; and (soon) Atlanta, GA.
Craft Cocktails | Crushed Velvet
My reservation was at 6PM, so just in time for recess! I perused the curriculum for drinks and settled on the Crushed Velvet (not included in recess specials) which is crafted with vodka, blackberries, blueberries, and ginger beer. It tastes SO much better than it sounds. I really enjoyed it -- not too weak, not too strong.
For the Table | Parmesan Truffle Frites
To start, I ordered the Parmesan Truffle Frites. Nomally, I try to stay away from truffle fries because they tend to be very strong on the breath, but I was dining solo and was feeling a bit risky. To my surprise, they actually weren't that strong with the truffle oil. They were served with preserved lemon aioli and what I believe was a delicious Sriracha ketchup. I barely touched the aoli as I'm not a huge fan, but Sriracha ketchup with fries? YES MA'AM.
Plates | Pan-Seared Salmon with Harissa Vinaigrette
Since I ordered a burger for lunch during my last Public School meal, I decided to order a more dinner-like dish. The Pan-Seared Salmon with Harissa Vinaigrette sounded like a solid choice and my waitress recommended it. I love asking for favorites so I can order differently. The salmon rested on a bed of zucchini and asparagus topped with mandarin orange slices and herb salad. Salmon with a sweet salsa or citrus is my fave.
Sweets | Chalkboard Special (varies by day/location)
Dessert was completely unexpected, but my waitress said the restaurant was offering it with my meal and I gladly accepted. I indulged in a very rich chocolate brownie drizzled with a Guinness sauce and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream drizzled/sprinkled with caramel and cayenne pepper. It was heavenly, but the brownie was so rich that I had to box most of it to-go...but the party definitely continued as soon as I got home!
This is a fun spot to hang out with friends! I highly recommend their recess menu which is available everyday from 3-7PM and 9PM to close. Of course, you can order additional dishes, but I'm always down for tasty and inexpensive small plates that I can share with my friends over cocktails!