Monday, October 17, 2011

Daniel O'Connells in Old Town

Debating what to eat and where to go for dinner, my boyfriend is usually wary of "trap doors", where he suggests something but I've already set my mind to something I haven't expressed yet. The other night, I was in the mood for mashed potatoes, not bbq in DC, so we tried out a closer by restaurant. Located right in the heart of the touristy part of Old Town, we arrived right when they were starting to get their evening dinner rush. Fortunately we found space at the bar to wait, sipping a pint of Guinness and watching Wales v. France rugby game. The nice hostess found us and led us to a comfortable and secluded booth, perfect for people-watching yet quiet enough to enjoy a conversation.
 The Cheese Plate
Truly a great assortment with port cheese, Guinness cheese, boursin and a brie cheese, with dried fruits and nuts and crackers. 
 Buffalo Chicken Wings
Nice and spicy sauce with a piquant blue cheese dressing.
 Rack of Lamb Ribs
With baby carrots, broccoli and rich mashed potatoes. He loved this dish.
Waitress-recommended Bangers and Mash.
The sausages are deep fried, and the mashed potatoes are swashed in a rich gravy. Really a super hearty dish, we were only able to muddle through half of our dishes and half of the starters. We boxed up the remains for another meal. 
This is the first restaurant in ages that my boyfriend really loved, and for that reason alone, I'm happy to add it to our dining rotation along with Korean, Sichuan and Italian. Our server was good, helpful but not overly intrusive. From our dining nook, the people-watching as the bar area filled up with revelers was very amusing. The mashed potatoes were a bit heavy-handed on the cream, salt and butter. Absolutely delicious, but best in small doses, at least until we get on a more regular workout regime. 

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