I received a text from my foodie friend Lisa saying "we are going to the Irish Whiskey Public House, interested?" Knowing Lisa's excellent taste in restaurants from our year of school together and a working week in Cleveland, I quickly accepted her offer for Easter brunch.
One of the attributes that clearly differentiates good from great is attention to detail. As you can tell from the pictures, the kitchen staff only sent out precisely prepared and plated food. The food tasted as good as it looked, with edgy splashes of flavor overlaying traditional favorites. This theme permeated throughout the "pub", with a sophisticated but comfortable interior designed by Maggie O"Neill. For us, however, we enjoy one of the handful of outside table on a perfect sunny day in the Dupont Circle area of Washington D.C.
The dish above is "From the Coast", featuring perfectly seared potato puffs with poached eggs and smoked salmon on soda bread, and covered in gravy. Simple scrumptious.
The Cream of Mussel soup with fried mussels and Irish cheddar cheese surprised us with the complex flavor profile in each bite, both blending and separating the taste of the ocean and the cheese. I will order a bowl of this soup when I bring the family back here.
Lisa's dish, Chipped Corn Beef with gravy over brioche (aka. sh_t on a shingle) and double fried potatoes, spoke of ageless comfort food and tasted exactly as we hoped it would. The SoS had a special place in my heart as it a traditional favorite in our family.
Having a late breakfast, I chose a lighter option. Although slightly smaller than I hoped, the scallops blended beautifully with the bacon, red onions, and vinaigrette.
To complement the food, we received excellent service. Our servers were my favorite type - unpretentious, helpful, and relaxed. Prices were also quite reasonable.
In addition to great food, the Irish Whiskey Public House is also known for its 50+ brands of whiskey and 50+ mostly craft beers - in case food is not really your thing. We also recommend the alcoholic apple cider.
If you can catch a beautiful day in D.C. we recommend you sit outside (see how happy the girls look?). The neighborhood is quiet and the architectural structures remind you that you are in a scenic historic district, not as strip mall. For us in the end, every one claimed they had the "best" dish. I am looking forward to returning when Ginny and the girls make it out this way.