Doolin's Irish Pub

A pub? Yah I know. Sure, there are great gastropubs around. However, with most pubs, the main draw here are barley sandwiches, not necessarily anything else. The "anything else" is merely an accompaniment. Hence, it generally isn't very good. When one is inebriated, everyone looks good and all food tastes good. Consequently, certain indiscretions often occur. Regretful hookups and equally regretful eats. Both can potentially have hazardous effects in more ways than one... Well, I guess I wasn't expecting much while sharing some drinks with Snake Eyes. And honestly, we weren't there for the food either. I am amazed that the pictures turned out the way they did. I don't really recall taking them! Luckily, I jotted down some notes...

So what does one order with a pint? Well, wings of course! In particular, the Salt & Pepper Wings. These were actually quite good being somewhat moist and really meaty. If you look at the picture, it is quite obvious that these wings were not skinny. And as the name suggests, the wings were salty and peppery with a touch of sweetness from the batter which caramelized when fried. Looking over the pub menu, the only other item that interested me was the Pulled Pork Poutine. This had some really nice components such as the fresh cut fries, cheese curds and tender pulled pork. However, the whole thing got too wet (and not by the sauce either). Therefore, the fries were soggy and bland; rather than flavourful from the sauce. At the very least, it was an above-average attempt for a somewhat creative dish.

Lastly, we had the culinary pinnacle of food in the Chicken Strips and Fries. Okay, I realize that this dish is as exciting as ordering a green salad. However, I must again give it to them because the chicken strips did not look or taste like a Sysco nor GFS supplied product. The light panko breading was crisp while the chicken was tender and moist. Again, the fresh cut fries did the job. Okay, enough said. It's a pub for heaven's sake. Enjoy the spirits and at the very least, the food is decent enough to go with it.

The Good:
- Nice atmosphere
- Decent snacks

The Bad:
- Don't expect a gastronomical journey

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