REVIEW: Greystone Public House

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Greystone Public House opened officially on July 1, much to the joy of Colonial Park area diners and imbibers, who have since flocked daily to the eclectic American restaurant both day and night.

At the former site of the Mount Hill Tavern, this is a must-stop to view the renovations alone. Chef Jason Viscount (yep, of local Bricco fame) and his partners made good use of the historic mansion, building out its dining rooms and adding private event space, as well as an extended outdoor patio.

The bar is one of the most impressive sights — gorgeous and open, it’s the centerpiece of the main dining area.

We stopped in on a hopping Monday evening (seriously this place is jammed every day of the week) and sampled a little bit of everything.

The Drinks

First things first were cocktails, of course. Much of these seasonal beauties are perfectly refreshing for a hot summer’s day, but I went for the Watermelon Crush featuring real watermelon, Reposado Tequila, Limoncello and lime soda.

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The Elderflower Spritzer is another ideal apertif, made with Hendricks Gin, Germain Elderflower, Liquor, Lavender Bitters and Prosecco.

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For slightly sweeter palates, the White Peach Julep was also a favorite from the table. It uses Makers Mark, White Peaches, Peach Schnapps, mine and is served in a copper mug.

The winos that we are, however, we also wanted to try the Wine Stack, a build-your-own bottle for $35. You choose your own three.

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Mine included:

  • Rosé, Torres “De Costa”, Catalunya, Spain
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Mud House, Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Pinot Noir, Seven Daughters, California

Of course, Greystone has a fantastic wine selection on its own, whether you’re looking to imbibe by the glass or share a bottle with friends.

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Happy Hour

The bar is always full for Happy Hour — and with good reason.

Mon – Fri : 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Sat – Sun: 4pm – 6pm

The Food

Okay, let’s talk food. Chef Viscount whipped up a bunch of selections for us to try, starting with a hefty portion of appetizers, including several vegetarian options.

Appetizers

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We all went bananas for the Crispy Brussels, roasted beautifully with chili, lime and honey.

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The Roasted Beet Tabbouleh was a table favorite, combining Kabocha Squash Hummus and beets, served with grilled pita wedges.

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Good luck resisting the French Fries (really burying the lead with that nondescript name), topped with short rib gravy, cheese curds, a sunny egg and pickled onions.

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And while chicken wings might not be the first thing to come to mind at Greystone, I implore you to try the Smoked Chicken Wings, brushed with honey mustard, toasted peanuts and green onion. An order of these with a cold, local craft beer might be the perfect post-golf snack or solo dinner.

Mains

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Entrees were all bountiful portions of protein and vegetables. The Pan Seared Salmon was a huge hit. I really loved the creamed rye berries with spinach and mushrooms — I could eat that on its own.

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The Smoked Half Chicken also was irresistible. I used to have a rule about never ordering chicken in a restaurant, but I wholly throw that out after tasting this. Served with braised greens, bacon, roasted potatoes and pan drippings.

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The Bison Salisbury Steak melted in our mouths. Served with English Peas, smashed Red Bliss Potatoes, mushrooms and caramelized onion gravy, this was like top notch comfort food.

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We also shared the Day Boat Scallops, which were served atop creamed corn, cherry tomatoes, Cubanelle peppers, offering a balance of spicy and sweet alongside tender scallops.

Dessert

I’m not quite sure how we did it, but we managed to sample some dessert as well.

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The Skillet Carrot Cake was my favorite, even though it skipped the traditional cream cheese icing for a cream cheese sherbet topping. Added bonus: toasted coconut.

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The Bourbon Blueberry Cobbler, served with vanilla ice cream, is a blueberry lover’s dream.

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Greystone is open daily, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and open an hour earlier — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

»» Make reservations at Greystone!

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Dinner from 4:30 p.m. to close.

Sunday brunch is my next foray out — it runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Of course you can find more information on Greystone’s website, or follow them on social: Facebook or Twitter.

Sara Bozich
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