One of the perks of traveling is eating out and exploring new kinds of cooking. Since my husband is really a meat and potatoes kind of man, he indulges me on occasion in my search for new eats.
When in Bethesda, Maryland, recently, we happened upon an Irish Pub. Besides an array of Irish and English ales, the menu was also very authentically Irish/English.
As you might expect, the inside was panelled in dark wood with booths as well as tables in front of a large bar.
Jim started with an appetizer of potato cakes (well, he is my meat and potato guy) with a topping of sour cream and a reduction of balsamic vinegar. I had a bite and it was wonderful. I might try to duplicate it at home.
I ordered the Irish lamb stew with vegetables and a fresh green salad. I wish that I had thought to take photos right off but I forgot and only took one of Jim's lamb burger.
Now this was not a regular burger, but nice lamb with a grilled, caramelized red onion and feta cheese. And of course, served with chips with malt vinegar.
We enjoyed the food so much that Jim ordered a Smoked Salmon Reuben to take back to the hotel.
Oh, BTW, the name of the pub is Ri Ra. I guess it is Gaelic.