Tuesday, May 11, 2010

You Knew It Was Coming... The Irish Pub!

You knew that it absolutely is not possible for Mister Nebraska and I to travel without scoping out the nearest Irish Pub. I'll give another plug here for IrishBeerFinder.com, because that is the best resource I have ever seen to make finding a good Irish Pub easy.

Here in the heart of Seattle's Pike Place Market nestled in the Post Alley, we found Kell's Irish Pub. It is currently the favorite Irish pub we have found so far. Their staff is phenomenal. Absolutely the poster children for what you would want servers at an Irish Pub to be.
We love pub food and have enjoyed our share of Fish and Chips and Bangers and Mash at various Irish Pubs. However, we do understand that these aren't technically traditionally Irish, being more English in origin. They are not to be found on the Kells menu.
Instead, what you will find is authentic fare such as Dublin Coddle, Shepherd's Pie and Ballycastle Sausage Roll. The Kell's kitchen staff is on hand by about 5:00 each morning to make all of their dishes from scratch. Many of the ingredients are imported directly from Ireland because they couldn't find suitable substitutes state-side. Their care and dedication can be tasted in the flavors of their food.
On the bar side, which obviously wasn't open during the time that we were there, the atmosphere is cozy and warm. I'm sure it's hopping of an evening.
Kells takes the music they present seriously. There is live music every evening, much of it traditional Celtic. Each year they produce a CD of the favorite music from performances during the year. Now that is a real treasure to find in the philosophy of a pub. Unfortunately our evenings were too filled to take advantage of some of the great artists that grace their stage.
So a few pints of Guinness later, it was time to hike back to the Edgewater, call the towncar to take us to the airport and make an end to our visit to Seattle. It has been a wonderful time. The hospitality was great, CatchCon was unbelievable, and we have made lots of new friends with whom we hope to stay in touch over the years.

Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on.

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