Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Declan's Irish Pub

Location: 1240 N Wells
Cost: About $12 per person

I've written a few times now about meals that I've ordered on nights where we're competing in trivia at a bar (i.e. State and Cortland's Garage). Well somehow my buddies have become regulars at Declan's Irish Pub on Wednesday nights for trivia. I decided to join in the other week along with Jeremy, Rachel, the Professor, and Bacalar (Jeremy and Rachel are the two best regulars so we stole them to play with us).

Logistics
Declan's is a pretty decent sized bar with good TV coverage and a variety of seating options. If you must drive, there are plenty of street spots nearby. I don't think you'd ever had trouble getting a table. Because of laziness, we sat up near the trivia host so that we wouldn't have to walk too far each time to turn in our answers. I would've preferred one of the reasonably lit parts of the bar, but who am I to shake up the routine.

Our service has been good each time we've gone (and they even flirt with Scotty which is really very nice of them to do). It didn't take too long for our food or drinks to come out. I'm pretty sure my Fish and Chips were just north of $12 which is reasonably on par with may places in Chicago (although not nearly as good a deal as Duke of Perth).

The Food
The waiter and I had a pretty long back and forth about whether or not I should get the burger or the fish and chips which ended in him deciding that he's really always hated the burger. That made my order much easier. So the fish and chips came out with three strips of cod, french fries, and coleslaw. The slaw and fries may as well have come right out of the freezer. The fish were fine. I wish the dish had come with more of them and that the batter had some kind of interesting flavoring. There was a lot of grease sitting in my plate at the end of my meal too. I thought the tarter sauce was the strongest point of the dish by far.

 The Fish and Chips

Overall
I didn't have very high expectations for Declan's, and they fell a bit below those. The food is not worth your while, but if you're hungry, it's still edible. My buddies seem to have really nestled themselves into this trivia night though, so I'm pretty sure I'll be back. Hopefully next time, I'll be able to remember the princess's name from Spaceballs. I'm giving them 1.5 out of 5 Pearls.


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