Living nearby, we have walked by Local Public Eatery many times. Origin Restaurant used to be occupying this large garage space not too long ago.
APPEARANCE & NOSE
Our attention was drawn to the rustic chains and hooks attached to the patio fence. In a different setting, these could have passed for a meat factory processing equipment, although a bit unsanitary... In Liberty Village, these gizmos are more likely to be there for bicyclists' convenience. At any rate, the patio was almost full even though it was only +5 outside. The interior section was packed and on a waiting list, so we decided to join the brave crowd on the communal benches outside, welcoming the first sun-rays of spring.
Throughout, we noticed plenty of metal dimensional signs and some with incandescent light bulbs. The patio itself, was spacious, consuming a good chunk of the parking lot. The menus were simple, printed on brown paper and functional. A Toronto map with various unique landmarks was on the back side - something to ponder upon while you are waiting for your meal and beers.
We asked the waitress to better explain their Rotation Taps option - the freshest kegs from seven categories - lager, wheat, mild ale, American ale, India Pale Ale, something dark and something seasonal. Unfortunately we learned about this option when we already ordered had beers in hand - a Guinness and a Steamwhistle (both on tap). We got a taste of Nickel Brook Cause and Effect (a touch too floral and aromatic) and a Shock Top (light and watery, but not what we were looking for our food choices).
Fish Tacos were highly recommended, but we ended up with the Local Burger - cheese and jack cheese, hot sauce, pickles jalapeño, onions. It came on a large bun cover with poppy and sesame seeds. We also had their House-Made Organic Veggie Burger - brown rice, arugula, almond and melted Swiss cheese. Veggie burger came cut in half and stabbed with a few sticks, to help consume it. Both were excellent choices loaded with interesting ingredients. Should note, we both tough it was a missed opportunity that the fries came with a side of simple ketchup.
A bit on a pricier side, a great place to bring your friends over for a genuine pub fare with a twist and good selection of beers on tap. Now we need to go back and get a seat inside to experience the interior - with repurposed city lights, it is one-of-a-kind.