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Since opening in 2000, the Dublin Village Tavern (27 S. High Street – Historic Dublin) has become a beloved watering hole for locals and visitors alike (*try to find the signed picture of George Killian Lett – great grandson founder of Killian’s Brewery in Ireland -who made a visit to the tavern on its first St. Patrick’s Day). The pub recently unveiled a new menu that combines favorites and fresh additions. Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Irish Egg Rolls – filled with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese served with a side of 1000 Island
  • Village Chowder – made with Potato, ham and cheese with fresh jalapeños
  • Irish Kettle Dinner – Simmered corned beef, Irish banger, cabbage, carrots, parsley buttered redskins potatoes and pot liquor
  • Guinness BBQ Burger – topped with choice of cheese, bacon & our house B.B.Q. sauce on a toasted Kaiser
  • Braised Beef Shepherd’s Pie – slow cooked in Guinness and red wine with carrots, celery, onion and peas baked under a potato crust
  • Geri’s Mac & Cheese *my personal favorite – baked with a blend of cheese and spices (top it with chicken, salmon, hamburger, ect.)
  • Irish Car Bomb Brownies – warm triple chocolate brownie with Guinness-whiskey caramel and Baileys whipped cream
  • Bread and Butter Pudding – served warm with Irish whiskey sauce and whipped cream

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Don’t forget to stop by during Happy Hour Monday-Friday where all beer, wine and drinks are $1 off. Try an Irish import on tap!

The Tavern also regularly hosts bands and book signings by local authors. Keep up-to-date by visiting their website at www.thedublinvillagetavern.com or the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau.

~Post by Dawn

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As you may have guessed, the March is our favorite month here in Dublin, Ohio! Our city is home to one of the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country, and we strive to cultivate Irish attitude year-round. In fact, Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau recently partnered with the City of Dublin and local businesses to offer a calendar of unique Irish experiences, and many of them are being held this week! Here’s a quick run-down:

March 16

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Historic Dublin (11 a.m.)
  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Brazenhead (12 p.m. – 12 a.m.)
  • Irish Manor House Dinner Demo & Irish Pub Experience at Whole Foods Market Columbus-Dublin (1 p.m. / 5 p.m.)
    • See how to prepare an Irish dinner that is inspired by products of the Irish countryside and the heritage of the Manor Houses.
    • Sample Irish food, drinks and music at The Local.
    • Ireland’s High Crosses & Irish Tea at Tehku Tea (2:30 p.m.)
      • Learn about some of Ireland’s most famous crosses like Clonmacnoise’s Cross of the Scriptures and Monasterboice’s Muirdach’s Cross. Hear some stories about how these crosses might have affected the lives of people in Ireland’s age of saints and scholars. Materials will be provided for those who would like to create stories of their own on paper crosses. *$5 registration covers take-home gift.

March 17

  • Mezzo with an Irish Attitude (5 – 7 p.m.)
    • Enjoy a special adult prix-fixe menu ($20) that includes several Irish-inspired items (Ham and potato soup, Shamrock Salmon with Dublin Sauce, Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake, ect.), a children’s buffet, drink specials, musical entertainment and more! *10% of all food/beverage revenue generated from this event will go the Dublin City Schools Dodgeball Tournament to Benefit Dublin Special Olympics
    • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Brazenhead

For more activities, visit http://www.IrishApproved.com or call the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800/245-8387.

~ Post by Dawn

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St. Patrick’s Day might be 12 days away (yes, we’ve been counting), but there’s a party going on in Historic Dublin this Thursday! The inaugural Jig Thursday (a reboot of Sláinte Thursday) kicks off at 6 p.m. on March 7 and will take place the first Thursday of the month throughout the year. A number of Irish-inspired activities are scheduled during the evening, including:

Other features of the event include fare from local food trucks, trolley rides (from 6 to 8 p.m.), store sales and a special walk led by Olde Town Ghost Tours.

For more information, visit the Historic Dublin Business Association website at www.historicdublin.org or contact Brenda Kocak at Brenda@modernmalespas.com.

~ Post by Dawn

The Kosmic Karma

The Kosmic Karma

I love pizza. Seriously. I eat it minimum of 2 times a week, and that’s why I couldn’t wait any longer to cover Mellow Mushroom for our Delicious Dublin series.

This groovy chain opened its doors in Dublin (6505 Dublin Center Drive) last March, and since then it has gained a loyal following that can’t seem to get enough of the Mushroom’s gourmet pies and hippie-esque decor.

Try one of their nine unique local items such as:

  • The Marley – Pesto base, mozzarella, sausage links, jerk chicken and onions
  • The Hey Dude – Ranch base, mozzarella, chicken, Applewood smoked bacon, jalepenos, cheddar and a Buffalo swirl
  • The Meatball Ricotta – Red sauce, mozzarella, sliced meatballs, ricotta cheese, sliced onions and basil

Or stick with a favorite speciality pizza like:

  • The Kosmic Karma – Red sauce base with feta and mozzarella cheeses, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and Roma tomatoes with a pesto swirl
  • Red Skin Potato Pie – Olive oil and garlic base with sliced roasted red potatoes, Applewood smoked bacon, carmelized onions, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses garnished with chives then drizzled with sour cream and spicy Ranch dressing
  • Bayou Blue – Spicy bleu cheese base topped with all natural grilled shrimp and Andouille sausage covered in mozzarella cheese and garnished with chives

You can also get a gluten-free crust or treat yourself to one of the restaurant’s salads, huge hoagies, calzones or mouthwatering “munchies” (try the pretzels with garlic butter and parmesan). For those looking for a craft brew, the Mushroom also has you covered with their Beer Club.

Learn more by visiting www.mellowmushroom.com or www.facebook.com/MellowMushroomDublin.

Have a good weekend!

~ Post by Dawn

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s probably time to decide (if you haven’t already) where to take your dinner date. Dublin, Ohio, has restaurants that suit all  tastes – whether you prefer an upscale bistro, casual pub or groovy pizzeria. Here are a few of our favorites:

Arancini from Mezzo Dublin

Arancini from Mezzo Dublin

1. La Scala – An elegant Italian bistro featuring handmade pastas, gourmet pizzas, prime steaks, seafood entrees and more. Enjoy a nightly happy hour in their martini lounge and  live music throughout the week.

2. Mezzo – A Historic Dublin restaurant offering modern Italian cuisine and a full wine list. Try the weekly prix-fixe menu while admiring the beautiful interiors. If the weather is warmer, take your pick of three outdoor patios.

3. Oscars – A restaurant and wine bar on the north end of Historic Dublin with a menu featuring gourmet pastas, steaks, seafood and more. Listen to regularly scheduled live entertainment and / or enjoy some fresh air while sitting on the outdoor patio.

Ahi Tuna Flatbread from Matt the Miller's

Ahi Tuna Flatbread from Matt the Miller’s

4. Matt the Miller’s – An eatery serving tavern classics with a twist  and an extensive beer / wine selection. Visit throughout the week for $5 appetizers and drink specials during happy hour.

5. Dublin Village Tavern – A Historic Dublin watering hole featuring home-made tavern fare in large portions. Treat yourself to an Irish Egg Roll, Irish Car Bomb Brownie or a nice helping of Bangers & Mashed.

6. Mellow Mushroom – A funky pizzeria serving handmade pies (gluten-free available), hoagies, calzones and salads. Try The Marley, Hey Dude or other item unique to the Dublin / Polaris locations.

For more information on restaurants in Dublin, Ohio, visit www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com

~ Post by Dawn

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Located at the Shoppes at River Ridge, The Pint Room is a newcomer to the Dublin food scene. The “burger bar” opened in late December to the delight of meat and beer lovers everywhere.

The Pint Room’s menu features a variety of classic bar food with gourmet twists (try the “Bistro Fries” with BBQ braised short ribs, Ohio cheddar, sour cream and roasted vegetable relish as an appetizer) including the restaurant’s signature burgers (all made with a blend of USDA Prime Chuck and Kobe beef on a fresh brioche roll). Can’t decide? Here are some suggestions:

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California Burger

1. Hangover – Ohio smoked cheddar, double smoked bacon, mini hash browns, sunny side egg and vine ripe tomato

2. P-B-B & J – Peanut butter, double smoked bacon, Ohio Monterey jack cheese, strawberry preserves and fresh strawberry slices

3. California – Taleggio cheese, avocado slices, vine ripe tomato, arugula, alfalfa sprout and cherry pepper relish mayo

There’s also a selection of sandwiches (like the “Irish” with Ohio swiss, corned beef, chipotle aioli, sweet and spicy slaw on marble rye) and a monthly dessert. The full menu can be viewed here.

The Pint Room’s other obvious draw is its beer selection. There are over 100 crafts on tap including many Ohio brews. A complete list can be found here.

For more info, visit www.pintroomdublin.com or www.facebook.com/pintroomdublin.

Other Dublin-area restaurant suggestions can be found on our website, www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com 

~ Post by Dawn

Christmas Eve is just 3 days away! Is your shopping finished? Have you wrapped the presents? What about food? Oh, did that one slip your mind? Well, don’t worry. If you’re (now) fretting over meal plans (sorry!), A few local businesses will be open Christmas Eve, and we’ve done some research for you!

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Pasta from Salvi’s

Here are a few dinner options:

J Liu (50 W. Bridge St.) – Open until 8 p.m.

Max & Erma’s (411 Metro Place North) – Open until 9 p.m.

Salvi’s Bistro (5000 Upper Metro Place) – Open until 8 p.m.

And for an early sweet treat, visit one of these stores:

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A Menchie’s creation

Graeter’s (6255 Frantz Road) – Open until 6 p.m.

Jeni’s (1 W. Bridge St.) – Open until 6 p.m.

Menchie’s (Tuttle Mall & Sawmill) – Open until 6 p.m.

What’s your go-to Christmas meal?

~ Post by Dawn