SINÉ IRISH PUB

I am in Washington, DC, for business and I always enjoy the wonderful food that is available in restaurants here in the metro area.
One of the places that I enjoy to go is Siné Irish Pub located in the Pentagon Row area behind the Pentagon City Mall in Arlington.

Well I had to try the Reuben Sandwich. I always find those pretty good, but this one, while good, had some deficiencies. The taste was there and the kraut had some flavor but there was not a lot of sauce and the bread was dry. It came with fries and they were quite good. It all tasted great with a Guinness. (Everything tastes well with a Guinness.)

Why the sandwich was just average, the dessert was quite good. The Bread Pudding was quite good, especially served with caramel and ice cream.

The service was so-so, but I wouldn’t let this bother you. I have been to this place before and have had good meals and service. Other items that I have had that were good include the Fish & Chips and Shepard’s Pie, all with Guinness (What else to wash it all down.).

One thing that concerned me is the advertisement that they had up for St. Patrick’s Day coming up. It said come on in on St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy a nice cold Budweiser or Bud Light. What bunk. What is an Irish Pub promoting a bland, bad tasting American style beer on St. Patrick’s Day.

You can see a review in the Washington Post. Link…

Let’s hope they improve the Reuben Sandwich and the service gets back to where it was when it opened for an improved experience. But if you are ever neat the Pentagon City area, Siné Irish Pub is worth the try.

Randolph’s Restaurant and Bar, A Great Restaurant in a Hotel

Randolph’s Restaurant and Bar is a great, I will say almost unknown, restaurant just east of downtown at 18th and Grant.
We found this restaurant as part of Denver Restaurant Week. I spoke about it in an earlier post.

It was a great place and we were treated well from the moment we walked in the door. The hostess was nice and helpful in taking coats and giving us an option on a couple seating locations.

The atmosphere was quiet and pleasant, giving my wife and I ample opportunity to have some wonderful conversations without the kids around.

The waiter was quite helpful in helping us choose from the special Denver Restaurant Week menu and they had a wonderful wine selection. My wife and I agreed upon the featured Jean-Luc Colombo Syrah. It was delicious.

My wife had the Trout Patè, Moneybags, and Chocolate Lava Cake. I had the Classic Caesar Salad, Beef Shoulder wrapped in Bacon, and the Chocolate Lava Cake. It was all delicious. The Beef Shoulder was appropriately tender.

The Beef Shoulder came with a spinach creme brulee which I was a little nervous about, but shouldn’t have been. It was as delicious as everything else.

The Randolph Restaurant and Bar is located in the lobby of the Warwick Denver Hotel, named after the William Randolph Herst who commissioned the first Warwick Hotel in Denver. But many people are afraid of restaurants that are in hotels, but you shouldn’t be with this one. It was an all-around pleasent experience.

We will definitely be back. We took a look at their regular menu and there were several things that looked good. And they also had a wonderful patio that looked west toward the skyline of Downtown Denver. If you are downtown, this would be a great place to head for Happy Hour.

Enjoy your visit to Randolph Restaurant and Bar.

Denver Restaurant Week

Well the annual Denver Restaurant Week is now on and it is a great opportunity to head out and try a new restaurant in Denver.
Denver Restaurant Week is a annual event presented by the Denver Visitor and Convention Bureau to promote restaurants in the metro Denver Area.

Local restaurants put together a special menu for two and give you three courses for $52.80.  It is an excellent opportunity to get out and try a new restaurant in this wonderful town.  It runs through March 2.

Chama River Brewing Company a sure bet in Albuquerque

I have eaten and drank at many of this nations microbreweries and I have found one that floats to the top of the list.
The Chama River Brewing Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico has great food, great beer, and great service.

I am in town for business and headed up here for a dinner and a beer.  (Who doesn’t need a beer when they have been working all day).

We were greeted promptly when we walked in the door and sat at our table.  The waiter appeared shortly and provided some great advice on what beers to have.  It didn’t take much for me to go for the Jack Rabbit IPA.  It had good flavor and was really smooth.  One of the better IPA’s I have ever had.

Next came dinner.  It was a new menu and it isn’t posted on their website, but it was the Chorizo Stuffed Pork Chop.  It was delicious.  Had good flavor and spice and was cooked just right.  It was served with Green Chili Polenta and green beans.  It was delicious.

The service was great and not to mention the server walking around throughout the meal with different roles and breads to have before and with you dinner.  I had the chili bread and the beer bread.  Both were delicious. (But my homemade beer bread tastes better.)

All-in-all I will give this restaurant 4.5 stars out of 5.  The only reason that it doesn’t get that last .5 is that I didn’t get to try desert.  I was too full.  But they looked delicious.  Maybe next time.

If you are in Albuquerque, head up to the north side of town and visit the Chama River Brewing Company.  You won’t be disappointed.

Elk Public House in Spokane

If you are ever in Spokane, Wash., you need to go have lunch or dinner at the Elk Public House.
This restaurant reminds you of many public houses that appear over Europe. The music is wonderful, the beer selection is incredible, and the food hits the spot.

The dish to try is the Reuben Sandwich. I have had many Reubens across the country, but whenever I am going through Spokane I stop and have one. It is warm and the house made sauerkraut is some of the best that I had.

The Reuben goes best with the roasted corn pasta salad. It has a good spice and taste and is unique to the Elk Public House.

To wash it all down it has a wide selection of beer, but it does not come better if you have a Mac n Jac Amber. It is only on draft and available only in the northwest.

If you are in Spokane, make a visit to the Elk Public House, you won’t regret it.

Hibernation Ale – A Great Beer

I was looking for some beer over Christmas and to survive the Blizzard here in Denver and stumbled onto Hiberation Ale by Great Divide Brewing Company.
This strong ale has great flavor and packs a punch on the alcohol content.

It is one of the better beers that I have had in a long time. I would rate it up there with the Paulaner Salvatore that comes from Germany.

A good one to get if it is delivered in your area.

Skewers in Washington, DC

Well I tried another restaurant in DC tonight and it was a like dinner last night. Good food and slow service. Skewers, located in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, DC, is a middle eastern restaurant and they have wonderful food. I had the special stuffed chicken breast. It was stuffed with spinach, asparagus, feta cheese, and pine nuts. It was served with cous cous and beans.
The latte was wonderful, but is was a little cool. It could have been warmer, especially since it was quite cold outside. But as with the meal last night, the service was quite slow. It took a long time for dinner to be served and the waiter didn’t really come around in between the wait staff filling the water.

It was a good meal, but be prepared for a really slow meal. Sometimes a slow meal is good, but this was just too slow.

Thunder Grill Service Needs Improvement

I am in DC for work and decided to go check out the Christmas decorations at Union Station.  It was decorated as well as I thought.  This year they had a theme, Christmas in Norway.  It was sponsored by SAS and had some interesting information on the country.  I don’t get the display they had on penguins though.
I decided to go back to a restaurant that I have been to a couple times before, Thunder Grill.  This is a southwest style restaurant that has pretty good food.  But there is a problem, the service is less than desirable. It took forever for my food to be brought out and then had to ask for a desert menu and then for my check.  They also did not keep my water glass filled, even though they kept asking if I wanted another beer.

The food is great, but if the service does not improve they will be in trouble.

Clyde’s Crab Cakes Rock!

I am in Washington, DC, for work this week and even though it is tough to be away from the family, it is nice to be able to go out to some nice restaurants and have a nice relaxing dinner without kids screaming throughout the meal.
One of the treats I enjoy is to go to Clyde’s in Georgetown and have crab cakes. Nothing beats these yummy lumps of crab. It was served with green beans and a mixture of cubed red potatoes, cubed sweet potatotes, and green peppers.  It was a wonderful dinner.  Also, nothing beat the desert.  It was Griddled Pear Gingerbread with Vanilla Ice Cream with Caramel Sauce.  Mmmmm!

If you are in DC, this is one of the restaurants that I would recommend to visit.  It is located in the heart of Georgetown on M Street, just west of Wisconsin.

Can’t beat the beer!

You can’t beat beer. It is the world’s best drink. And it doesn’t get any better this weekend in Denver with the Great American Beer Festival.
The 25th Annual Great American Beer Festival brings over 1600 beers and 380 breweries for a wonderful weekend of tasting beer. It is wonderful to attend taste all this great beer and share this with thousands of other people who also enjoy beer. It is a wonderful celebration in the state that has the largest number per capita microbreweries in the United States and some of the best are located right in Denver.

The INHD shoe Beer Nutz just profiled Denver on their show. The come to towns around North America looking for its biggest Beer Nut. They had a wonderful time and hit some of the greatest microbreweries in the city. Congrats to the owner at Falling Rock Tap House for being named the cities biggest Beer Nut.

You can’t beat the beer in Denver. More reviews and discussion of beer to come.