“Beasts of the Southern Wild,“ with its four Academy Award nominations, is playing today on the big screen. And the pub is offering a menu of mainly finger foods that you can take into the theater and to your seat, which has been designed with a tray to hold your dinner. Wraps, tacos, burritos, pizza, Broken Tooth beer and a selection of wines. A menu of well-loved foods that are easy to handle.
If you don’t have time for a movie you can just have lunch in the Pub as I was doing on this Saturday with my friend B.A. (See Cooper Landing.) I was hungry so I ordered nachos before he showed up. They appeared on the table with the tortilla chips nicely crisped and browned where they showed around the edges of the blend of melted cheeses. Just the way I like them. Then came a layer of red and black beans, raw jalapenos, green onions and chopped tomatoes. A crown of guacamole and sour cream topped off the platter. I didn’t wait for B.A. but tried hard to save his half.
I also ordered a cream soda. In between batches of beer the Broken Tooth Brewery makes great cream soda and great root beer. I love cream soda. Takes me back to my childhood. With my cream soda in hand, sitting amidst the neon and small twinkling white lights of the Theatre Pub, I felt briefly like I was six years old again, hanging out with my buddy of those days whose parents owned the gas station/grocery store near my grandmother’s house. The fantasy was fun while it lasted.
When B.A. arrived we studied the menu in earnest. I decided on seared salmon tacos; B.A. ordered pan seared steak tacos. Our young waitress had told us her name was Kira, spelled in the Russian way. We asked if she was Russian. “No,” she said, as she scurried away to deliver our order to the kitchen, leaving us laughing at the non sequitor.
The seared salmon came wrapped in warm corn tortillas with a blanca sauce of sour cream, a bit of mayonnaise and cumin, dressed with a very nice sweet chili sauce, accompanied by a spicy salsa fresca and sharing the tortilla with a nest of chopped cabbage. The whole was a surprisingly complex dish with the treble sauces, all of which combined were not enough to dominate the wonderful flavor of seared salmon. Rather the sauces complemented the salmon in a most unexpected way.
B.A.’s pan seared steak tacos came with an onion relish sprinkled with cilantro. They were good. I know because he let me taste one. But he wasn’t satisfied. He had his heart set on calamari. Unfortunately calamari aren’t on the menu at the Theatre Pub.
Now here’s something really cool that happens at the Theatre Pub. Calamari are on the menu of the Pub’s sister restaurant, the Bear Tooth Grill. The two are separated only by a small room where takeout orders are picked up. B.A. just stepped over to the takeout room and placed his order for calamari. Within a couple of minutes he was back with what appeared to be a miniature orange highway construction cone, which he placed on our table. A few minutes after that a young man showed up to take the cone away and leave a heaping plate of calamari in its place.
Dinner and a movie. And more dinner delivered from the restaurant next door. How cool is that?