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The Pour House Pub and Grub: a deep-fried treat for the family

Posted: August 23, 2012 - 9:09am
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M. Scott Moon
Pour House Pub and Grub owner Molly Poland is offering programable taps at some of the tables and “season tickets” for football season at her new Soldotna establishment.

The Pour House Pub and Grub sells a deep-fried, one-pound burger so thick the creation is stuck with a knife to hold it together. A toothpick, Owner Molly Poland said, only got lost.

“It’s all about flavortown,” she said, quoting from the show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” which inspired the many food creations that she said makes her establishment unique.

Their burgers, like all their food, are prepared fresh; they are pounded and packed to patties the day the beef arrives, she said.

All the burgers can be stuffed with toppings like mozzarella sticks, jalapeno peppers or pineapple, or they can be dipped in any of the restaurant’s available sauces.

Customers can also substitute a Belgian waffle for the standard burger buns.

At three of their tables, there are two beer taps and one wine tap.

If customers reserve the taps ahead of time, she said, they can select the brand and quantity of beer at the tap.

“It’s gotten a lot of national press releases and everything,” she said about the system now being implemented in other Alaska establishments. “I try to be innovative and bring in cool stuff.”

Other “cool things” the restaurant has, she said, is the Enforcer Cake, a pie baked into a cake offered in various flavors.

“Like chocolate cake with cherry pie in the middle,” she said. “We’ve done vanilla cake with pecan pie in the middle. Oh my God, it’s ridiculous; it is so good.”

Some people call them “pakes,” she said, a word combining “pie” and “cake.”

Their menu also includes turkey legs the size of a person’s face, chicken wings dipped in various sauces and many wines and beers.

Because Poland also owns Hooligans Sport Fishing Lodge N’ Saloon, she said there is a misconception about her new restaurant she wants to dispel.

The Pour House is a family restaurant, she said; it is not primarily a sports bar.

To support the family atmosphere, children can draw with chalk and roast S’mores from a little burner on the table. 

“It’s super fun,” she said. “I’m really into interactive stuff.”

She said children are often so occupied with the chalk and S’mores that they stay at their tables, a relief, she said, for parents who want their children to remain in sight.

Although Poland insists her restaurant is not a sports bar, she said they do offer “season tickets” for the NFL.

When a customer buys these tickets, they “own a part of the table,” even when someone else is sitting there, she said.

When they opened a month ago, she said she had to hire more employees to tend to the overwhelming flow of customers. And business is still good, she said.

“It’s taking off like a rocket,” she said.

 

Dan Schwartz can be reached at daniel.schwartz@peninsulaclarion.com.

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soleilchien
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soleilchien 08/23/12 - 02:37 pm
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Ironic

The sports theme seems ironic in that eating or drinking at the Pour House sounds like a "season ticket" to morbid obesity.

jerzygirl
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jerzygirl 08/23/12 - 03:49 pm
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family atmosphere

It's great knowing there is another place in town that caters to families with children. It's hard enough to keep kids occupied much less seated in a restaurant.

As for the food, it sounds like a unique menu that will give Soldotna residents a new choice in town.

Media Critic
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Media Critic 08/23/12 - 05:22 pm
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Supersize me

Sounds like a great place for families. Big families.

Seafarer
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Seafarer 08/24/12 - 01:11 pm
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A Not-So-Secret Recipe for the Pour House

I cannot wait to go there! Today is the day and I will take my spoils to the Maverick...and to honor you, I offer this Wonderful Thing:

Bake an 8-inch pie. Soften 2-3 quarts really good Vanilla Ice Cream, preferably homemade.

Crush up the pie into the ice cream and refreeze.

Prepare for Piecream Heaven.

The word "Piecream" is courtesy of Andi Flanagan. I will be there today!

JamesRowell
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JamesRowell 08/24/12 - 03:15 pm
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It's Possible....

If you do not want people to think you are a "Bar" then don't name yourself "Pub". Next issue; I can't wait to see how the disputes are handled when a "family" is sitting at a table and a season ticket holder approaches to lay claim to his / her turf. Best of luck to you, the place certainly does look good. I will have to stop in to sample the menu one day soon.

soleilchien
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soleilchien 08/24/12 - 03:28 pm
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Family Matters

What I've noticed about kids is not that they are hard to keep occupied or seated, but that they are so connected to social media, video games and apps that it is more difficult to get them to interact with people right in front of them. Moreover, it is difficult to get them interested in doing anything that doesn't involve their Iphones. Now that Seafarer has provided us with a recipe for Piecream Heaven, let's do something that really involves the whole family like learning how to make a meal at home.

Snowfly
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Snowfly 08/25/12 - 04:24 pm
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No easy entry into Pour House,,,

Congratulations on opening a new business in town. I hope its a go for you. But I do have a suggestion for you. Please put in a wheelchair ramp so patrons who are so disposed can enter and enjoy your establishment. You would be surprised how many of us are out here. Thanks in advance.

fedupwiththepublic
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fedupwiththepublic 08/29/12 - 01:43 pm
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not another one.....

Just what this town needs is another place for our society to get more obese and encourage drunk driving.....We have enough drunk drivers on this peninsula.

JamesRowell
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JamesRowell 08/29/12 - 03:24 pm
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Whew; I am happy..........

I am so thankful that we still live in a country that allows us to make choices like whether or not we want to treat ourselves to a MASSIVE cheese burger or enjoy a salad. If you want bean sprouts and tofu, then DON'T eat there. I mean if you don't like the song on the radio; you change the station...right? As far as drunk driving goes, once again personal responsibility; you drink, don't drive; you do........you go to jail.

Jbossin
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Jbossin 08/29/12 - 03:56 pm
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Interesting Place

Thanks for letting the public know of this new place and allowing us to make our own decision if we like it or not.

soldotna54
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soldotna54 09/01/12 - 05:35 am
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Sounds like a Diabetic Heart

Sounds like a Diabetic Heart Attack . Paula Dean here I come.

pamelita
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pamelita 09/01/12 - 12:56 pm
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Gave it a try

Stopped by for lunch on Thursday. My girlfriend and I like to have lunch around 11:45pm to get a jump on the noon crowd. No such luck here. I have one hour for lunch. Showed up at 11:50 and they were closed. 11:59 they were closed. 12:01pm the door swings open. We burned 15 minutes of our lunch waiting for them to open at noon. Weird. I had a deep fried burger and yes it is a fat pill but it was yummy. The only downfall to this burger is because it is deep fried you don't get the tomato and lettuce and such which makes it feel a bit healthy. I missed that and probably will order it on a bun next time. (you can do that). You can order a salad or fries with your meal. Like most places you can make healthier choices or not. The room was a little dark giving it a bar-like environment. I don't think this is really a kid-friendly restaurant. I don't recall seeing a kid-portion section of the menu but you can color on the tables with chalk. It is nice to have another selection in the area. Hoping this restaurant finds it's footing. It was pretty quiet eating there last Thursday.

soldotna
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soldotna 09/01/12 - 03:19 pm
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High Hopes

In a town of Mexican food and Dirty Diners I would think if the pour House worked at keeping clean and severing at least average food it should be a cut above the rest.

There might be 20+ places to eat out in Soldotna but I can count on less then one hand the places that are even clean enough to think about eating at.

If you want to succeed in Soldotna keep it clean ,keep the food constant,and keep your prices reasonable.

Allen
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Allen 09/04/12 - 11:36 am
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Even a restaurant opening brings a lecture?

Geez can't the Clarion do a puff piece on a local business opening anymore without lectures from do-gooders or right wing slogan-chanting ("personal responsibility").

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 09/04/12 - 12:41 pm
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Left wing nuts just as bad

Left wing nuts just as bad about lectures and their desire to also have every one conform to their warped way of thinking from what i see.
Lets see how i know this ok? I was a left wing nut job for many years and have finally seen the light of being Right, so i have walked down both sides of the road for the last 60 yrs.
One thing though, over the 60 yrs of walking, i always believed it was every ones own responsibility to make and choose their own way while going down the road of life and they also needed to be willing to pay the prices for their, our choices.
I would venture to say that a few of the comments you may deem as right wing are in fact Far Left wing nuts that dislike freedom of choice or speach, as you seem to do Allen.
A question for you Allen, are Obama and his food cop wife who are forcing supposed good GMO foods at ever turn considered to be Right or Left wing while they fly off for their BBQ ribs, red beans & rice with sweet tea meals in the Carolina's? I bet thats why the FAR Left Dem prez. convention is in N Carolina this week, so they can stock up on fattie ribs & such, all covered with BBQ sauce and washed down with Sweet Tea.
Sounds hypocritical to me as an ex-Far left wing nut now converted to Far Right wing nut for them to do that, but i could be wrong, even though i'm not.
Not trying to start a fight here Allen, just wondering how you determined Right from Left.
As the Bible says, "all things are legal to eat, but not all things are profitable," and if it becomes a life controling thing, then it's bad and should be regulated.

Eat, Drink and be Happy while talking about all of it now, as the Far Left OBAMANATION OF DESOLATION could get re-elected again come Nov. and that will usher in the final days of having freedom of choice to do anything in America other than what the Far left deems to be right for ALL.

AK_CommonSense
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AK_CommonSense 09/28/12 - 09:09 am
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Suggestions

I went there last week for dinner with a party of 6. The food was good and the server was very attentive. The bathroom was clean and nicely decorated. The taps at the table were very cool although it cut us off after one shallow glass even though we'd ordered a few and we had to have them reset it. The TV was nice but I noticed that the universal remotes controlled others' TV volumes as well not that thats a huge deal.
It was very loud in there even with TVs at a normal volume and only one other table so I can imagine it's not somewhere I'd like to be on a busy football night with kids. It will then be very much a loud sports bar. Also the chairs were SUPER uncomfortable! That would be my biggest complaint after the noise level. I thought it was just me as I carry a few extra pounds but, by the end of the meal, all but one of our party was squirming uncomfortably. I don't know which is worse, the griddle marks on your a$$ or the bars cutting into your thighs. I challenge Molly to sit in her own chairs for a meal and see how she likes it. Some businesses would go alot farther if they would think of the practical uses and comfort from the customer's viewpoint -instead of what looks cool. For instance you can tell the custom cut tin signs and tables had to cost some serious dough. They look nice but the money could have been better spent on decent seating.

Also I appreciate a simple easy menu, but it might be a little too simple. Apps, burgers, drinks, salads, desserts all fit on one page. I believe there were 3 apps, 3 salads and 4 or 5 burgers to choose from. A few more appetizers and entree choices would be nice. Most items were about $12. One of the apps is a giant turkey leg. Not sure how practical that is but I'm sure it's amusing. Corn fritters were amazing and I really love that you can order a salad or a sweet potato instead of fries. So some ups and downs. Overall ok but personally the seating was a big issue for me.

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