Howdy, howdy! As you can probably tell from the title, this is another food review. Two food related posts in as many weeks??? Yeah, I was surprised too. It came about as a combination of sadness over my last two food posts (they weren’t very nice and I felt bad about that) and the fact that Dad and I tried out a new place (new to us) on Sunday. So, why not have two food posts in a row? Anyway, we went to the Trinity Hall Irish Pub in Dallas. They’re located in Mockingbird Station across 75 from SMU. Check out their website (linked above) for an exact address and hours and event calendar. Now, on to the review!
First, a reminder of my rating system:
MMMMM = Everything is magnificent!
MMMM = Great, but something is off.
MMM = Pretty good, but a couple of things could be better.
MM = The bad’s starting to outweigh the good.
M = Definitely more cons than pros.
… = I couldn’t find anything nice to say.
Accessibility: not bad at all. Mockingbird station had both valet and parking garages, so that part was pretty easy. The pub was on the second floor, right around the corner from the elevators, so that’s great. Inside, it could potentially get cramped, but there were a number of easily reached tables as long as people were willing to scooch a little when needed. They had two different types of tables that I noticed, square ones and round ones. The square ones had one of those three or four inch hangy down parts that make for black and blue knees if you don’t notice them and try to pull in. I noticed. It’s annoying but not impossible for me to sit at that type of table. BUT! The round tables didn’t have that problem, so we moved to one of those. They were the simple small round top on a central pedestal type. It worked, so yay!
Service: awesome! Our server, Jon, wasn’t too sure of me at first, but quickly warmed up once Dad pointed out I could talk for myself. After that, he made sure to address me as well as Dad even when he was just asking how everything was, which is really rare. Servers tend to address me when ordering then direct everything else toward Dad, so it was a little weird to glance up and find Jon waiting for an okay from me as well. Good weird. And he timed our orders so we had a little time between each course, which was perfect. We never felt rushed or like we were waiting. It was a great experience.
Appetizers: yummy. We opted for the steamed mussels which were in a nice broth with carrots and potatoes and celery. There was soda bread for dipping on the side. It was delicious. Though, one of the mussels didn’t open during cooking (which means don’t eat it), so we were sad about that.
Entrees: delicious. Dad had the Irish stew, which was chunks of leg of lamb, potatoes, carrots, celery, and onions in a lovely stock topped with some mashed potatoes. Soda bread on the side. It was great. Dad commented on the amount of and variety of potatoes, then realized it was Irish. Of course there’s a plethora of potatoes. I can’t say much. It took me a minute to understand the amount of seafood on the menu before I remembered Ireland is an island. We’re not all that bright. Stop judging us. But speaking of seafood, I got the Dublin bay casserole. It was cod, shrimp, scallops, peas, and carrots in a bechamel sauce, surrounded by mashed potatoes. And, of course, there was soda bread on the side. The perfect food for a chilly night.
Dessert: good. We split the creme brulee. It wasn’t the best I’ve had, but it was by no means bad. It was a little loose, but I used the crackly top as a spoon so all was well. I’m just happy we skipped the cheesecake after we noticed it was vegan (I’m sorry that I don’t believe in milkless cheese). But hey! They also have vegan and gluten free menus, so that was cool.
Booze: good selection. Dad got a Guinness and I got a black and tan. But they have a wide selection of beers, ciders, and meads. They also have Irish coffee with brown sugar, whiskey, and whipped cream which I will have to try next time.
Price: not bad at all. Even with two beers, our bill was only around $75. Wonderful food, great service, a nice atmosphere. It was definitely worth the money.
P.S. To be fair, I only knocked off that fifth M because the accessibility could be a little better, but that could be better just about anywhere. If you’re an able-bodied person, this is an MMMMM place.