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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED McGowan's Oakhurst Pub Restaurant Review: Jill Alikonis's Palate Café & Wine Bar had a major drawback: a tiny "kitchen" that made doing real food difficult. So she converted the adjacent gallery space into McGowan's Oakhurst Pub, which sits across from what was --- and still is --- Palate, the two separated by a wide hallway that hangs art. A single menu serves both establishments. McGowan's is livelier, with more brews and TVs around its copper-clad curved bar. So you may choose whether to have your burger on the quieter Palate side of the operation or on the friskier pub side. Get an order of the piping hot fried pickle slices for the table, to be dipped into the house-made ranch dressing. Fried chicken is a bit of a disappointment, nearly tasteless under its too-thick coating of batter. The accompanying mashed potatoes and collard greens are quite good, however. Lots of burgers of different sorts play havoc with one's decision-making abilities. Brunch offers classic egg dishes. Numerous brews on tap and many more by the bottle reflect the breadth of the American craft beer movement, while the wine list is small and not very interesting. No desserts are available most of the time.