Would we go back:
229 E 6th Street
• Potato Gnocchi $16
• Skipping Church $9
Well the kids were impressed when we walked into Public Kitchen. They had fancy glasses and napkins on the tables. Of course, the waitress wisely removed the boys glasses immediately. The space is impressive, however the food, maybe not as much.
My Gnocchi was fine, but for the price not anything I would order again. The dessert was also very fine, but not great and for $9, I expect a bit more.
They did have a nicely priced kids menu and the boys had the macaroni and cheese off it. They were not too impressed with it, but of course it was homemade and did not come out of a blue box.
• Shrimp Scampi $20
Public Kitchen is a good addition to downtown St. Paul. The space has beautiful high ceilings and large windows, and it is comfortable and spacious. On a Friday night, the bar area was packed, but the dining area slowly picked up business as the night went on.
The shrimp scampi tasted very good, but the linguine noodles were unexpectedly clumpy. The good quality shrimp were perfectly done for the dish. I liked the skipping church dessert, especially the ice cream and bananas. However, the blondie could have been better, and I could have done without the bacon to lower the price by a dollar or two.
The kid’s mac and cheese was more like a fettuccine alfredo, which the kids were not prepared for. The kid’s raspberry sorbet was excellent and a great value.
The service was very good. Our server was personable and had good suggestions. The only blip in service was a long wait time after we ordered our desserts, but that could have been due to factors outside the server’s control.
Parking can be challenging around Mears Park. Even in winter, we had to park in a ramp about a block away.
$20 and up
February 19, 2016
2 1/2' wood