Saturday, February 21, 2009

Lunch in Ireland

The Tavern on Main, 123 S. Main Street, El Segundo 310-322-3645

Noted local restaurant reviewer Richard Foss reported on the chili here in contrast to that found at Big John's Cafe (previously reviewed.) He said that the Tavern's chili was much hotter than Big John's. We had to investigate...

We decided to split a cup and then order "real lunch." It came (3 oz.) with the shredded cheddar cheese and chopped onion already on top ($3.) Since I don't like anything on my chili I wasn't best pleased but rummaged around underneath it and got a big spoonful of chili. No Canned Tomatoes! It did have a few kidney beans, but not enough to matter. But it's not "hot" or "spicy" at all! Major disappointment because of the two, Big John's packed the heat.

We swaggered on to the meatloaf sandwich and cole slaw for Richie ($8.75) and a hamburger with teriyaki, pineapple rings and fries for me. ($8.75) Lunch came to $25.50 (with a Stella for Richie.) Generous portions, reasonable prices. Good food, nothing sensational.

If you sit looking at the back of the restauant and not out the big plate glass front window, you could swear you were in an Irish pub. The raised tables and tall chairs; the booths ("Up a step, ma'am") lining the walls -- extensive use of wood paneling and brick -- the owner doing owner-ish things -- dusting off a table here; re-aligning a picture there-- the friendly waitress -- it all reminded me pleasantly of Ireland.

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