About "Eat My Words"

About this blog

"Eat My Words" is a long time in the making. There is no question that my favorite activity is eating, but beyond that obvious fact, I especially like visiting new restaurants and trying new foods.

That's where the "Adventures in Dining" comes in. I won't be reviewing chain restaurants. The food may be fine, but there is no adventure to a Bob Evans, Applebee's, or Olive Garden! The only time I may blog about one of these establishments might be to comment on something unusual - whether it be good or bad - that may have occurred during my visit. Otherwise, I will be focusing on small, local restaurants that feature unique menu items.

I am not a food snob. I do not have any culinary training. I like what I like and will share my thoughts regarding my meal, a restaurant's ambiance, the attentiveness of the staff, and any other thoughts that may come to mind. Hopefully, readers will enjoy my reviews and try these restaurants for themselves.

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to share your own feedback!

Gary Dougherty
November 24, 2010

UPDATE (October 13, 2012): I'm back!! For a variety of reasons (none of them good), I have not posted any reviews for about 18 months. Rest assured, I have continued to eat...just not write! I hope you enjoy my culinary adventures and I welcome any recommendations you might have for me. Bon appetit!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Claddagh Irish Pub (December 11, 2012)

Claddagh Irish Pub

8745 Sancus Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43240


Claddagh Irish Pub also has a location in the Brewery District (585 S. Front Street, Columbus, OH 43215) as well as 13 throughout the Midwest.  Whereas I typically do not review chain restaurants, I am exercising my editorial license to do so in this case.

Lori and I visited this Polaris location back in mid-October.  After standing at the host stand for too long and not being seated, I stepped further into the restaurant looking for someone to seat us.  I was considering whether I should walk back in to the kitchen to get someone’s attention when a rather harried staffer came to seat us as well as the other patrons who had arrived after us and began forming a short line.  Also, as we were eating, it was difficult to ignore the fact that one of the TVs positioned in our direction was showing an infomercial!  Nothing more compelling to show?  I was tempted to write a critical review, but I exercised some restraint and used my “I don’t review chain restaurants” rule as a justification.

Flash forward a couple of months…  I needed to identify a place to have dinner that was between my home in Powell and my friend Ed’s home in Westerville.  I decided to give Claddagh another try.

This visit was much better.  I was seated promptly and Ed arrived shortly thereafter and was shown to our table.  Turns out, we were seated next to what seemed to be a semi-private dining space that was occupied by a number of painters who had easels set up at their tables.  We learned that this was a Wine and Canvas (http://www.wineandcanvas.com) event that is held frequently at Claddagh.  Looks like it might be a fun evening for $35.

Since this visit was on a Tuesday evening, the special was $3 drafts all day.  How could I visit an Irish pub and not have a Harp (or three)? 

I chose the Egg BLT ($7.99) for my entrĂ©e.  As the name suggests, the sandwich consists of bacon, lettuce, tomato and a fried egg on toasted sourdough bread with a mustard mayo and served with pub chips, also known as steak fries or potato wedges.
Whereas the sandwich was not very imaginative, it was tasty and this dining experience was much better than my previous one at this location.