Gallagher’s Does Irish Right

 

Patrons at Gallagher’s Irish Pub enjoy Irish fare in an eatery that has become a fixture in the Bluff Park area.

Gallagher’s Irish Pub, 2751 E. Broadway, 876-8000.

• Hours: From 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

• Location: Broadway near Temple in the heart of Bluff Park. Neighborhood parking is available nearby.

• Food/Drinks: Gallagher’s menu is largely composed of traditional Irish pub items like Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers and Mash, Veggie
Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage and Fish and Chips.

Appetizers include a pound of chips or tater tots and dipping sauces, Irish nachos, Onion Rings, Fried Mozzarella, Poppers, Sausage Rolls and Tater Tots wrapped in bacon and Jalapeno peppers.

Salads include the Brown Derby Cobb, Celtic Caesar, Cajun Chicken, Shrimp and Avocado, and Seared Ahi.

Sandwiches include the Pub Club, George’s Best (bacon, egg, sausage and tomato), Corned Beef, Ciaran’s Blue Cheese, Ham and Cheese Melt, Tuna Melt and Grilled Chicken.

Burgers include Stuffed Cheddar Burger, Bacon Cheddar Jalapeno, Patty Melt, Bleu Cheese Burger, Veggie Burger and the Finn McCool.

Entrées include Bangers and Mash, Bangers and Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Stew, Chicken Curry, Chicken Pot Pie and Sausage Roll Dinner.

• Atmosphere: Large Irish pub with multiple flat screen TVs. Great for dinner or spending the evening.

• The Taste: Jennifer and I stopped for a late lunch/early dinner. We started with one of the new appetizers: Tater Tots wrapped with bacon and Jalapeno. Jennifer summed it up this way, “If Santa stopped for a snack; this is what he’d order.” Twenty orders. We almost got 20 orders. They are amazing. Spicy. Bacon. Tater Tots.

Jennifer opted for the Sausage Roll Dinner, and I selected Bangers and Chips.

Jennifer’s dinner came with two large sausage rolls, chips and beans. The sausage rolls were ground sausage in puff pastry. The sausage was mild with a classic flavor. Add some spicy mustard and you have a classic, if slightly rich, dinner. Although she could have had mashed spuds and veggies, beans and chips accompanied her dinner.

My bangers and chips also were very good. The bangers were mild — almost veal-like in texture and flavor. They were excellent. Accompanying the bangers was a bowl of baked beans that definitely appeared to be Heinz blue can beans and a generous portion of fries.

Heinz blue can beans, known as Heinz Baked Beanz, are tomato-sauce-base baked beans. The American variant often includes more molasses, onions, bacon for smokiness, and so on. The Heinz blue can is simpler, some say more boring, but they are authentic. I was happy to see them.

Dinner salads came with our meals. They were fresh and crisp with homemade croutons, tomatoes and shaved carrots.

Gallagher’s has been open almost seven years. It doesn’t seem possible, really. It seems like they’ve been there a scant two years or so. Gallagher’s is a fixture in the Bluff Park area now.

No longer the newcomer, Gallagher’s has become a favorite spot for people living in the area. The reasons are easy to see. The food is good, the beer is plentiful, and the service is excellent. If you’re in the mood for some traditional Irish pub grub or just looking for a fun night out, stop by Gallagher’s.

Source: Larry Hill, gazettes.com

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