Johnson Public House
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JM ate the grilled cheese with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the portabella sandwich with salad and a pourover Los Delirios.
We split a Batch vanilla swirl.
The bill was $22, or $11/person, plus tip.
JM gave Johnson Public House a B-; Nichole gave Johnson Public House an A (see our grading rubric).
Once when Nichole was little, her grama gave her a bowl of creamy soup and said there was a surprise at the bottom. Instead of finishing the soup, the kid asked so many annoying questions ("is it a penny? is it a pebble?") that her grama, exasperated, stubbed out her Chesterfield and dumped the soup down the drain to show the kid the Smurfs painted on the bottom of the bowl.
The cups at Johnson Public House are like that. The coffee is very good.
The sandwiches are great. A grilled portabella could have been a vegetarian cliche but on Batch ciabatta with lemony mayo, fresh yet stringy mozzarella, a tender mushroom cap, roasted red pepper slices, and oregano, it was well-balanced. The side salad seemed like a farmer's market mix dressed with a light vinaigrette and coarse-ground black pepper and salt.
JM's grilled cheese was a mild, nongreasy cheddar on semolina bread with sesame seeds. It was a little rough on the mouth, but the texture was light. The strawberry and blueberry garnish on each plate was adorable.
He was not as big a fan of the Hubert's Lemonade from Hansen's. The flavor was lemony and sweet enough, but there was a floral note to it too. We noticed rebiana, a stevia extract, on the ingredients list and (not having much experience with stevia-derived sweeteners) wondered if that might be the source.
The service was expert. We also liked that the patio was pet- and bike-friendly and that the game shelf included Settlers of Catan. We'd come back.