Chef Gerry Kent and Chad Dickey opened the PUBlic House in Old Town Temecula in 2008. The restaurant’s success led to dining concepts such as Downtown PUBlic in Murrieta. The popular restaurants cultivated a following in Orange County. The next step for Kent and Dickey was opening the next addition to PUBlic Restaurants in OC
On Tuesday November 22, PUBlic Legacy will officially open in orange. The 174-seat restaurant is located on Stadium Promenade at the corner of West Katella Avenue and Main Street. The restaurant includes a bar with 30 seats and a terrace with 40 seats. PUBlic Legacy is also close to high-traffic destinations like the Honda Center, Angel Stadium, and Disneyland Resort.
With those crowds in mind, PUBlic Legacy offers a curated selection of bourbon, scotch, whiskeys, tequila, and mezcal. The restaurant also serves beers from local craft breweries and a selection of wines. To set itself apart, the menu offers a surprisingly wide variety of plant-based dishes.
Kent made several concessions to vegan and vegetarian lifestyles on the menu. Dishes include nut-based cheese, green pea hummus and coconut lemongrass curries. Hearty gluten-free dishes include slow-cooked pork knuckle with mashed potatoes and chicken breast with Tuscan artichoke heart and grilled vegetables. The Kent serves traditional and modified versions of classic home cooking.
“We offer a vegan version of our Mac & Cheese that features a homemade cheese sauce with cashews, nutritional yeast and a hint of curry — and it’s just as delicious,” says Kent.
A vegan coconut lemongrass Thai curry is prepared with local vegetables and served with Thai basil rice.
The brunch menu is served daily. This is where Kent plays with classic diner food. A “BaCon Benny” with house-smoked bacon, egg and grilled tomatoes is served over warm cheddar biscuits and topped with hollandaise. Kent created a vegan version with mushrooms, tofu, and charred tomatoes. It’s topped with a plant-based “hollindays” sauce.
The Croak Muh Damn is a twist on a traditional croque madame sandwich. Kent’s version consists of eggs mixed with vegetables, covered in cheddar mornay sauce and served with hash browns. Other unexpected veggie-infused dishes include the sweet and sour pancakes with roasted pumpkin and a sourdough appetizer. The pancakes are served with a maple syrup washed in butter.
PUBlic Legacy’s menu isn’t strictly plant-based. Appetizers include a 16-ounce grilled ribeye with chili coffee and an Angus filet mignon served with a peppercorn cognac sauce. Kent sources meat from species-appropriate and natural rearing. For the Legacy Smash Burger, the chef created his own blend of beef and pork. The burger is topped with cheddar, caramelized shallots, charred tomatoes, and a garlic Dijon aioli. A “Kobe” burger is made with grass-fed Wagyu beef and caramelized onions.
Even the French fries are said to stand out. The kitchen offers three types. The classic version with dried basil and chili flakes. Other decadent options include pink truffle fries, Kennebec potatoes in pink peppercorns and citrus truffle vinaigrette, or Euro fries with garlic confit, dill, and feta cheese.
Location: PUBlic Legacy, 1547 W. Katella Ave., Orange; public-legacy.com
https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/17/public-legacy-will-open-near-the-honda-center-on-tuesday-nov-22/ PUBlic Legacy opens Tuesday, November 22nd near the Honda Center – Orange County Register