LOCAL RAISES THE BAR ON (GASTRO)PUB GRUB
LAST SATURDAY AFTERNOON at Local Gastropub on South Main, a small but vocal anti-Kansas crowd watched Northern Iowa beat the No. 1 overall NCAA tournament seed.
Of course, memories of meeting Kansas at the NCAA final in 2008 are still unpleasant ones for Tigers fans. Memories of the coach of that team linger as well. The guy at the bar next to me was asked if he wanted something to eat. “I’ll take some Calipari,” he said. It took him a minute. “I mean, calamari — I can’t get that jerk out of my head.”
Our order might have seemed just as odd as his. The pan-seared Tennessee duck breast ($21) is not exactly a bar snack, and it became even more weird when I learned that there was no wine list yet at Local Gastropub. (The restaurant hopes
Local Gastropub, in the renovated Sauces space on the Main Street Mall. There’s a dining room below the street-level bar.