Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Having visited the second location of this local Irish pub just a week after it opened in Brookhaven, I was interested to see the original in Alpharetta. Olde Blind Dog in Brookhaven boasts countless vintage reproductions and original Irish and English fixtures including ornate lamp posts along the faux sidewalk. It’s over-the-top kitschiness is both ridiculous and fun, but the decor of the Alpharetta location, which is significantly larger, is less cluttered. There is, however, a mannequin of William Wallace a.k.a. Braveheart (pictured), somewhat reminiscent of a Ripley’s Believe it or Not display.
LC and I arrived for the other LC’s birthday party, ready for a couple of Irish car bombs! We chugged those at the bar, then found our way to her party section. A few appetizers were ordered for the table including Kerrygold cheddar dip with pretzel bread and fried calamari, neither of which was memorable. Another Guinness appeared. And another car bomb.
I decided against traditional Irish pub fare in favor of a big fat cheeseburger, complete with cheddar, bacon, caramelized onions, and fresh jalapenos. LC ordered an ale-braised short rib sandwich, an enormous open-faced thing made with grilled jalapeno cornbread, short rib meat, coleslaw, and a colossal mound of fried onion strings. Both sandwiches were served with fries. Another Guinness appeared. And another car bomb. Are you keeping count? I wasn’t.
Weighing in at half a pound, my medium cooked burger was juicy, sloppy, and awesome. LC’s monster sandwich was tasty but enough to feed an entire elementary class. Nonetheless, we both polished off our plates without barfing. Then I took an impromptu nap.
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