Pubs and noise go together like kids and birthday parties, and both can take their toll after a while.
The family-friendly Wyatt's Pub & Grill is an unlikely venue for a children's party, but it's loud. This usually means people are having a good time, and the happier they are, the higher the volume. It also indicates little to no consideration has been paid to acoustics. So be it. At Wyatt's, the food warrants the most attention, as many of the dishes are made from scratch.
Appetizers include the standard wings, nachos and sliders, along with a few surprises such as fried pickles ($5.45) and Philly Bites ($7.95). The latter are egg rolls filled with cheese steak, onions and jalapeños, served with a cheese sauce for dipping. I didn't try these, but they did catch my attention.
We had several entrees that made it clear the kitchen staff isn't distracted by the front-of-the-house din. The Guinness Pie ($11.45) is essentially Shepherd's pie. Tender beef, mushrooms and thick carrot slices in a dark, rich gravy are topped with cheesy mashed potatoes. This is hearty comfort food. The meat was like butter.
The green chili slopper ($10.45) is just what you'd expect: a mess. But a flavorful one. House-made green chili is thick with chunks of supple pork and just enough spicy kick to keep the taste buds happy. Underneath the plentiful green chili was a grilled hamburger patty. The chili is also available in a cup, bowl or served over fries.
Wyatt's fries are the waffle version, my least favorite way to use potatoes. I ate them with my pulled pork sandwich ($9.45), but they always strike me as gimmicky. The sandwich, however, was the real McCoy. A toasted brioche bun piled high with barbecue sauce-infused shredded pork was topped with a tangy, refreshing cole slaw. This sandwich is also available with a Jamaican jerk sauce, but our server said the barbecue rendition is more popular.
The menu also features pizza with house-made sauce and dough, plus several sandwich and hamburger options. The Pub Burger ($8.95) was an uncomplicated, basic patty comprised of Angus chuck and topped with lettuce, onions, pickles and tomato. Cheese is a 50-cents add-on. Sides include those waffle fries, potato salad, chips or cole slaw. The potato salad was smooth and creamy.
Sopa-pizza and the Bailey's brownie (each $4.95) caught our eyes. The former are pieces of fried pizza dough heavily dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with honey. There's no tidy way to eat them, so we reveled in the mess. The brownie needed a little more liqueur and a little less vanilla ice cream on top.
The décor is a mix of high- and low-top tables, plenty of televisions and lots of sports jerseys. Service was fine, with a few things bewildering. We had to ask for water refills. The first time, my glass was refilled only halfway; the second time, only three-quarters. Also, extra spoons and napkins were brought to the table for dessert, but no plates.
If you don't mind shouting to your companions, missing parts of the conversation or both, Wyatt's has a lot to offer in standard pub fare and house specialties. It also helps that the servings are substantial and the prices reasonable.