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412 Public House: Delectable Dining
Highlighting The Best Food In Cullman – A Regular Series by Elizabeth McDowell
Upon first look, this building stands out as you pass it on the street. Entering, you feel transported to another town. Maybe you’re in Charleston? Maybe Savannah? But not in Cullman anymore.
At first, I was a little taken back by the small layout; but don’t let the size fool you, there are big flavors inside.
The food is a new take on old classics with a widely varied menu with something for almost anyone. The new tastes and smells are what keep me coming back each time I visit.
I started with the Wonton Nachos, which are an Asian derivative of the Tex-Mex dish. Instead of tortilla chips, they fry wonton wrappers. In place of taco meat, you get zesty chicken or shrimp. The combination of sweet and sour chili sauce with crunchy, freshly sliced jalapeños covered with soft gooey cheese was not only delicious but a perfectly balanced dish that set the tone for my whole dining experience.
Next, I tried the both the Gouda Burger and Fries. I’m usually not taken back by a burger and this, although easy to make, is very rarely done to my satisfaction. The portion size was very generous as were all the dishes.
The burger had a good texture and was neither under or overworked; it didn’t fall apart but wasn’t tough. The saltiness of the cheese didn’t overpower the savory notes of the beef, and the bun was buttery and soft. I would have to rank it as my favorite burger in Cullman currently.
The fries are thinly sliced, almost like chips, but still, tender on the inside; not from a frozen package.
I also sampled the Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan sandwich. Much like the burger, sometimes these dishes are so commonplace that you rarely take notice. Typically, you’ll receive a piece of limp, poorly cooked eggplant hidden in mounds of cheese to cover up the atrocities done to this poor vegetable. But with this fresh take on an old classic of eggplant parm, I was pleasantly surprised.
I found myself wishing I just had a plate full of the eggplant, with its crunchy, seasoned breading with a soft, moist interior. I would have eaten more, but I had ordered over half the menu, and so I pushed through to one of the more unusual sides – Fried Brussel Sprouts.
I know what you’re thinking, that green little cruciferous monster that plagues your childhood nightmares isn’t what you’d want to chow down on, but I assure you … try one. I usually hate the bitter little nasty things, but I ate the whole bowl and was spying my friend’s that were dangerously close to my plate. Order them; you’ll be hooked.
Finally, after my feast of sprouts, I had a nightcap of one of the more delicious mixed drinks. It’s the cheapest drink on the mixed list probably because it’s the sweetest, most girly drink aptly named “The Debutante.“ I love a good cocktail that’s not strong and that I can enjoy with my dessert. The Debutante was perfectly fruity and sweet, but not syrupy.
My accompanying dessert choices were the Mixed Berry Cheesecake or the Crème Brûlée Cheesecake. When faced with such tough decisions, I couldn’t choose, so I did as any good Foodie must do; I got both.
Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts and honestly, I would order both again because one has nice tangy bits of berries and the other has rich, luscious caramel and chocolate. Don’t make me choose!
The 412 Public House menu is continually augmented based upon what raw ingredients are in season and what their fantastic chef has created.
If you haven’t been to 412 Public House, you are missing out on a real treat. You’ll be seeing me there often!
412 Public House
412 2nd Avenue SE
Cullman, Alabama 35055
TUESDAY thru THURSDAY
11 am to 2 pm (lunch)
4 pm to 11 pm
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
11 am – 12 am
10 am to 2 pm
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412 Public House: Delectable Dining
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