EVANSVILLE – Duffy’s PubHouse opened in March in the old Kennel Club building on the north side of Evansville. Since then, the menu has grown considerably and activities complement the schedule throughout the week.
Chef Tyler Weston now runs the kitchen. He is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and attended Johnson and Wales University for Culinary Arts. Previously, he was sous chef at the Victoria National Golf Club north of Newburgh. He’s been at Duffy’s since opening day and has helped create many house specials.
The menu is unique, with dishes you won’t find anywhere else.
Smoked Salmon Dip, for example, is made with fresh salmon that Weston smokes on the stovetop with walnut chips, then mixes with cream cheese, homemade dill ranch and lemon juice, then serves with slices of toasted pita bread.
“It’s not too complicated,” he said. “It’s the small steps and techniques that make the difference in food, like letting meat sit long enough before slicing it or grinding our own flavoring salts. But I don’t overdo the food, it should speak for itself.
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Duffy’s PubHouse menu favorites
Duffy’s Poppers are the most popular appetizer: fresh jalapenos, halved, filled with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and grilled and served with the ranch. They are one of the many menu items suitable for a keto or low-carb diet.
The house beer cheese is made with Carson’s Fugitive Cream Ale and served with tortilla chips sprinkled with Weston’s special fine lemon salt.
“The only thing I buy is mayonnaise, all the other sauces are homemade,” Weston said.
He ferments his own honey with chili and garlic before using it in the honey mustard, which is spread over the club sandwich. The “Awesome Sauce” is part of the rose sauce family, but it contains a bit of barbecue sauce and homemade butter and bread pickles chopped with additional spices and seasonings.
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Even the vegetable sides are unique. The accompanying vegetables for seared salmon, for example, are seared in white butter, a sauce made by whisking butter into a reduction of white wine.
“I don’t add as much butter as you would a sauce, but the flavor wine gives to the vegetables is wonderful,” Weston said. “Our sprouts are cooked with bacon and ham or corned beef, then finished with brown butter and sage.”
The crispy pork chops are breaded with a crispy mixture containing ginger, sage, and other spices and seasonings before being deep-fried and finished with a honey-ginger glaze. They are served with the house cabbages and jasmine rice.
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A Brazilian spiced burger is a new item that is coated in a blend of South American seasonings with cumin, a little chili, onion, garlic and more, then seared and served with pepper jack cheese, a ring of fried pepper and jalapeño and garlic aioli. .
Vegans will enjoy the black bean burger, the same one served on the Rock-A-Burger truck of Duffy’s owner Nicolas Duffy.
Many other menu items are well worth a trip to the north side, including the Fantastic Fish Sandwich with House Beer Breaded Fish on Rye Bread, the Country Fried Burger with Crispy Breaded Bacon, the Simply Southern Chicken Sandwich with sweet tea marinated chicken breast and a filet or NY strip loin with Weston’s special compound butter.
Weston is excited right now because he’s testing recipes for the “most ridiculous brownies ever.” How are they going to be ridiculous? You can make a brownie look silly anyway, he says.
“I have no idea at the moment, but maybe more chocolate chips or white butter chips or peanut, I’m going to try different things and make it four inches thick and outrageous.”
Each week, Duffy’s offers a range of exciting activities. Tuesdays are for anecdotes. Come on your motorbike on Wednesday and check out everyone else while responsibly enjoying the beer promotions – Nick Duffy is an avid bike enthusiast and even created a special parking lot for motorbikes. Live music on Thursdays and Saturdays and karaoke on Fridays fill the week, and watch for pop-ups from outdoor parking lots. Check the Facebook page each week for a list of activities.
Note that lunch is served on Wednesday and Sunday only. On other days, the restaurant opens at 4 p.m. and is closed on Mondays.
If you are going to
What: Duffy’s PubHouse is at 5201 Kratzville Road
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday 11 am-10pm; Friday – Saturday 4 p.m. – midnight; Sunday 10 am-8pm