Arriving about 2 p.m., the place was packed! Everyone from singles enjoying the all-day happy hour at the bar (Sundays only) to large families including grandparents, parents, and new grandchildren was enjoying the upbeat vibe of Crockett’s.
|Kettle corn appetizer|
The restaurant is named to honor Puyallup founding father Hugh Crockett, who moved to the area in 1877 and realized the Puyallup Valley was a great place for growing the hops used in brewing beer. Given the association to the art of brewing, it is appropriate that the gastro-pub bears his name.
But enough talk of history and ambience; we went there for the food. And we were not disappointed!
While the featured appetizer on Triple D was the restaurant’s fire-grilled artichoke, we chose an order of their kettle corn, which is not the sweet variety on offer at virtually every county fair. No, theirs comes sprinkled with either spicy chili and lemon seasoning or cheddar and Parmesan seasoning. It’s a great way to take the edge off if you arrive famished and just can’t wait to eat.
|Mahi mahi grilled over mesquite coals|
For our entrees, my wife selected the mahi mahi cooked over mesquite coals while I opted for the Public House meatballs.
Her mahi mahi was basted in cilantro lime, served with baja black beans, sarono corn cake, and fresh avocado topped with shreds of deep-fried tortilla. Smoky with a bit of heat in the black beans, it was both delicious and generous. Fully half came home for the next day’s lunch, as it was with my meatballs.
|Public House Meatballs|
Dessert? Who had room? Although I must confess the Maker’s Mark caramel milk shake was seriously tempting. Maybe next time.
And there will be a next time; the menu at Crockett’s isn’t massive, but it’s big enough and varied enough to keep us coming back whether we’re in the mood for a full dinner or a simple sandwich, burger, or dog.
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