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Poole’s Public House

The American

Poole’s Public House was created by lifelong Spokane residents Scott and Lisa Poole, who clearly take pride in what they’ve built. The original location on Spokane’s Northside has apparently been popular enough to open one on the South Hill. I have no doubt about the popularity of the place, as it was nearly full when I went in for lunch.

The menu was a lot larger than I would have expected from a pub, which had me worried. Huge menus can often translate to a kitchen spread too thin, where quality and freshness suffer.

Poole’s Public House had eleven burgers on the menu, if you don’t count the Hail Caeser (a chicken burger) or The Widow Maker; a six pound meal that includes, among other things, four open-faced half-pound Angus burgers.

From those eleven burgers, the choice was obvious: The American is a beefy version of the classic American cheeseburger.

The Burger

All of the burgers at Poole’s Public House come with half-pound patties made with 100% Angus beef on your choice of a brioche or sourdough bun.

The American comes with lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, and cheddar cheese.

My burger appeared appetizing, and I was pleased that it tasted as good as it looked. I opted for the brioche bun, which came very lightly toasted and was slightly sweet on its own. As part of a bite with everything else, the subtle sweetness was quite nice.

All of the ingredients seemed fresh, although my lettuce leaf was rather wilted and dark in some spots. I suspect this was due to having a hot slab of meat on top of it, but I have no way of knowing for sure.

Speaking of that hot slab of meat, it was great. The patty was perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked. It was juicy and delicious, and in every bite of the burger, I could taste the beef. I feel like that’s the difference that a half-pound patty brings to the table over smaller patties.

Although the burger was good, something was definitely missing. I couldn’t figure out at the time what it was, but now I realize the burger was lacking a certain zing. Mustard would have been a welcome addition, and just thinking about The American with stone ground mustard on it is making my mouth water.

I also feel the burger lacked texture. The whole thing was very soft, which could have been solved with a more toasted bun, a different kind of lettuce, and raw onions instead of grilled. Incidentally, raw onions would have added some of that missing zing.

The Fries

The only description of the fries served at Poole’s Public House I could find on the menu was that they were “home cut.” Other than that, they’re simply called “fries,” so I didn’t know what to expect.

The fries that came with my burger were potato wedges that arrived nice and hot. A few were so hot, I almost burned my mouth (this is far from a complaint). The wonderfully crispy exteriors obviously did a great job holding in the heat, which in turn kept the insides moist and fluffy.

The fries left only a small amount of grease on my fingers, and tasted great. I personally would have liked a little more salt on them, but they’re good as-is, and there were salt shakers at every table.

The Price

The American burger at Poole’s Public House will run you $11 before tax, but for that price you get a delicious and filling meal. The half-pound burger alone makes this worth the price, but throw in those crispy potato wedges and you’re looking at quite a good value.

The Restaurant

The décor of Poole’s Public House could be described as “traditional British pub meets Northwest architecture and style.”

As I mentioned before, the place was packed. Despite that, my service was prompt the entire time I was there, and I never felt like I had been forgotten about.

The tables, chairs, and floor were slightly dirty, but the place was pretty clean overall. I suspect that, apart from the dust on the window mullions, what little mess I saw was the result of the lunch rush.

There was plenty of natural light coming in from the South-facing windows that made up one entire wall of the dining room, but even the back of the restaurant was well lit.

The music was appropriate in both genre and volume, and the bathrooms were clean and surprisingly nice for what I expected to find in a pub.

According to the Poole’s Public House website, opening the pub was a dream for Scott and Lisa Poole. I’m happy to have been a part of that dream, because the meal I had made me want to come back.

Over the course of this project, there have been a number of times where I’ve gone to a restaurant specifically to eat a cheeseburger, but seen some other dish on the menu and wanted that instead. Never has it been so difficult as it was at Poole’s Public House. I’ll definitely visit again and try something else off that massive menu.

Hopefully next time I’ll have room for dessert.

Poole’s Public House
101 E Hastings Rd, Spokane, WA 99218
(509) 413-1834

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