Claddagh Irish Pub also has a location in the Brewery District (
585 S. Front Street, Columbus,
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
. I decided to give Claddagh another try. Westerville
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 entrée. 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.