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Food For Thought: The Pub Wilton Manors

With a mix of locals and tourists, the social atmosphere of The Pub is the perfect gathering spot to grab a bite to eat, relax with a cocktail and people watch. Since its opening in 2012, The Pub (formerly known as Village Pub) has not only established itself as a gathering place for people from all walks of life; however, with the reopening of their kitchen and a remodel that included many more tables, they are also establishing themselves as a new eatery on the drive. Whether you’re looking to nosh on something to soak up the liquor, like their Nachos ($10), or are looking to chow down on a burger, The Pub’s menu offers something that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy!

My boyfriend and I visited The Pub on a Friday night, and boy was it packed…it was only 8pm and there was only standing room! Once we found a table, we ordered drinks and jammed out to the 80s music that was blasting while we looked over the menu. The first items we noticed were the Charcuterie ($12) and Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail ($11) appetizers.  We were pleasantly surprised by the presentation and portion size of each when they arrived at the table. The Charcuterie, a variety of Artisan meats and cheeses, was served on a newspaper lined tray with buttered crostini, whole grain mustard, roasted red peppers and gherkin pickles. The numerous combinations of the different meats and cheeses will have your taste buds wanting more! Being served in a martini glass, the Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail had heads turning as it made its way to the table. From the jumbo Tiger shrimp poached in a citrus Old Bay broth to the Bloody Mary cocktail sauce that fills the bottom of the glass, this appetizer proves that martinis are not the only happiness served in that glass!

Once we ordered our main dishes, which I’ll talk about in a minute, my eyes were pulled back to the appetizers section of the menu. If you like warm balls in your mouth (insert the typical gay pun here haha), then their Pretzel Bites ($7) are right up your alley. Let me start this off by saying that this is probably their BEST appetizer!! The bite-sized pretzel balls are roasted with butter and sea salt and served with cheese on the side…in other words, they are HEAVEN!

After all that, we had some room left for the entrees somehow. We chose the Chicken Tenders ($10) and the Italian Chicken Sandwich ($10). We opted for the grilled tenders (you can also get them fried), and they were cooked to perfection. These juicy tenders were served with fresh, hand-cut fries and BBQ, Dijon Honey Mustard, Ranch, Blue Cheese or hot sauce. The sandwich was huge and consisted of grilled chicken breast, mozzarella cheese and pesto aioli on a toasted hoagie roll. A generous portion of their hand-cut fries complete this dish of deliciousness!

The Pub has also been very supportive of the local community by hosting fundraisers for charities such as Kids in Distress, The Pet Project, the AIDS Walk, The Smart Ride, Poverello, as well as many other local charitable organizations and sporting associations such as softball and bowling.

Although they are open until 2am Sunday thru Thursday and until 3am on Friday and Saturday, The Pub’s kitchen closes at 9pm, so get there early and grab a table. Valet parking is available, which means you don’t have to fight for parking on those crowded nights on the drive!

From drag shows to game shows to music from your favorite Broadway shows, The Pub always has something going on throughout the week. Stop on in, grab some food and see what all the hype is about. You never know who you may meet at The Pub! Don’t forget to tell them HotSpots! sent you!


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