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Public School 818, the Latest Fun-Filled Gastropub to Hit Sherman Oaks

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The growing chain of beer-heavy gastropubs spawns another on Ventura Blvd.

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Public School seems to be on a tear, mostly with its populist approach and reasonably priced menu. Their latest Valley iteration, dubbed Public School 818, opened last week on the bustling corner of Sepulveda and Ventura Blvd, arguably the busiest hub in Sherman Oaks.

Executive chef Phil Kastel puts together dishes like bacon cheddar tator dots or shrimp and grafton cheddar grits, while Sunday brunch boasts eggs benedict pizza and stuffed French toast. As for the rotating beer selection, think about 24 different taps, which will pair great during "Recess" happy hour, which runs 4 to 7 p.m. every weekday. Cheap bites during those hours might be parmesan truffle fries or mac & cheese.

Kelly Architects and Public School's VP of Design Mike Weinstock put together the expansive, modern interior, which evokes more of a mathematical theme. And since this isn't actually school, bar games like shuffleboard, beer pong tables, and dart boards fill the space instead of chalkboards.

Open weekdays from 11:30 a.m. and weekends at 10 a.m.

Public School 818
15300 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California