I actually ate at Coleman Public House back in November, but I’m only just now getting the chance to review it. Sorry about that. I’m kind of lazy. But, I digress. I first heard about CPH in the City Paper in last year’s Best of Charleston where they were voted “Coma-Inducing Skillet of Cheesy Goodness.” Sounds like my kind of restaurant. Plus they reference The Hunger Games on Facebook. What’s not to love?
I was able to get a taste of their mac and cheese at the Mac Off in October, and it was delicious. So I was super pumped to go visit. The parking lot was crowded and we ended up having to park in the shopping center next door, so we thought it was going to be super crowded, but it wasn’t actually that bad and we were seated immediately. I started out with a 4 beer flight sample of Fort Collins Chocolate Stout, Van Den Bossche Buffalo Belgian Stout, O’Dempsey’s Big Red, and Railhouse Honey Wiess. I liked all of them except for the Honey Weiss which was way too sweet. I think the O’Dempsey’s Big Red was my favorite.
We started with two appetizers because we have a really hard time making decisions and couldn’t narrow it down to one. But I’m really glad we chose the two of them because they were really yummy. The first one was duck confit taquitos (Duck Confit, Queso Fresco, Crispy Yellow Corn Tortillas, Tomatillio & Avocado Salsa). They were sooo yummy, although I’m not sure I would have liked them as much without the avocado salsa. It really tied the whole dish together.
Our second appetizer was Mini Lamb Burgers (Ground Lamb, Spices, Onion Chutney, Pickles, Tzatziki Sauce) which were seriously good. They tasted like gyros, but better. I think next time I might order them as an entree and just get a side of mac and cheese, because they were soooo good.
For our entrees, we got the fungi burger (Gruyere, Roasted Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, White Truffle Oil) which he was really excited about since he loves mushrooms. He was a little disappointed once it actually arrived, saying it wasn’t really as flavorful as the appetizers had been and while the burger was good, he had really been hoping for something outstandingly delicious. He did like the truffle & parmesan fries though.
I debated for a while between the caprese burger (Fresh Mozzarella, Vine Ripe Tomato, Pesto, Balsamic Reduction), the black and bleu burger (bleu cheese, vine ripe tomato, fried onion strings…it’s not on the menu anymore, so I’m just spitballing here), and the barnyard burger (Goat Cheese, Oven Roasted Tomato, Fresh Spinach, Caramelized Onions). Our waitress talked me into getting the Black and Bleu burger, which I ordered with a side of their smoked gouda mac and cheese (Smoked Gouda, Parmesan, Pecan Smoked Bacon, White Truffle Oil) in place of fries. The mac and cheese was damn good. The burger was also a little disappointing. There was just too much going on. Plus their buns are huge, so there’s this overwhelming ratio of bread to burger. Plus, I think maybe I just don’t like bleu cheese as much as I think I do.
We were both super stuffed, so we ended up opting out of dessert. All in all, I’d say CPH is definitely worth going back to. Maybe next time I might just order a bunch of appetizers with my mac and cheese, or maybe try some of their homemade flatbreads. I would definitely recommend trying this delicious pub if you’re ever in Mount Pleasant!
Coleman Public House
427 W Coleman Blvd
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464