When The Pub opened its doors at 1348 Division St. on the Ides of March in 1978, it quickly became a hotspot for hungry Evansvillians. Night after night, these lively patrons packed the restaurant and filled the air with a happy buzz of activity. More than 40 years later, after watching the Lloyd Expressway grow around it, The Pub still offers its comfortable, neighborly dedication to serving up good food.
The Pub serves dishes typical to many pubs, but the food certainly is above average. The stout Pub Burger, for example, is considered by many to be the best burger in the city, and the beef gyros are among the best-selling dishes in the restaurant. However, if your taste buds crave something beyond pub staples, try a panini. With four large, savory paninis to choose from (all priced at $7.50), The Pub is bound to please any famished customer. I opted for the Pearl — a unique panini with roast pork loin, ham, applewood smoked bacon, caramelized apples, and smoked gouda cheese. The addition of the caramelized apples may seem like an odd choice, but the combined flavors make for a delicious panini with just a hint of sweetness. With potato chips on the side, this makes for a filling meal. Customers can also ask for half a panini plus a bowl of the soup of the day for $7.95.
Many of the dishes at The Pub are named for the staff’s loved ones; Tyler’s Chicken, for example, alludes to owner Bubbles Pollock’s son, Tyler. The Chocolate Marly references Pollock’s daughter. Even the Pearl credits loyal customer Pat Costlett’s beloved pet pig, Pearl. Veteran waitress Lisa Will has nothing but praise for her place of employment. “It’s a great place to work,” says Will, who has been with the restaurant for five years. “There are a lot of good people here.” Good food, good atmosphere, and good people — what more could you want from your local pub?
For more information visit The Pub on Facebook, or call 812-423-2121.