Back from Vacation

Hey all! This past week, I have been on a well-deserved and wonderful vacation.  We had a long weekend in San Diego enjoying the wonderful weather.  I was bummed that Lexington Field was not playing anywhere that weekend, but I did make it to one of their venues – The Dublin Quarter – for dinner with my wife, kids and mother in-law and father in-law.

The Dublin Quarter is a beautiful bar!  I loved the decor, and my daughter accused me of picking the place to eat based on the outfits worn by the waitstaff – tight black shirts and short plaid minikilts – When I told her that the real reason I wanted to go there was because the drink selection looked awesome and I was going to try to sample it all, she just rolled her eyes.

My Guinness was served as it should have been – it had been rested with a nice creamy head and the shamrock drawn in.  I was very glad that the Guinness was not tapped with CO2 – that is a major pet peeve at “Irish” Pubs when they cannot even serve it right.  When I see my Guinness still surging and tasting metallic I know it is time to run (after paying my tab of course!)

For dinner, my wife and daughter had the burgers, the youngest boy had chicken strips (as is his usual fare) my oldest boy had the grilled chicked club, the MIL had soup & salad the FIL had the Irish breakfast and I had the shepherd’s pie.

Overall the food was ok,  I would give it an average rating with the exception of the grilled chicken club – that was fantastic!  The in-laws were not too impressed with their food choices – the MIL did not like the jalepenos in her salad and the soup was too thick while I don’t think my FIL realized what he was getting with an Irish breakfast.

Overall, I would not go there for the food, but I definitely would for the drinks.  The whiskey choices were fantastic including potcheen which I have not found in the St Louis area in years; not since McNulty’s Pub closed.  Someday I hope to make back to San Diego and be able to catch Lexington Field play live.

This weekend should bring some more news.  Tomorrow, The Mahones will be announcing their USA tour which will hopefully include St Louis, although my lovely wife sounds up for a round trip if they come within 250 miles.  In addition, tomorrow I will be checking out a new band (new to me, anyway) called the Irish Xiles at Nick’s Pub in South City.