Have you eaten all the gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya, and po’boys you can stand during your NOLA visit? Ready to try something completely different? Why not stop in at The Irish House, just two miles up Saint Charles Avenue from the Avenue Inn bed and breakfast?
Walking into the Irish House is like walking into a traditional, lively European Public House with an authentic and lively atmosphere. The decor includes plenty of dark wood, brick, and traditional Irish accents without going over-the-top (again, when you’re in Ireland, these things are just not found as much). Irish tunes play in the background. A large bar keeps the traditional beers on tap with a few non-Irish seasonal favorites thrown in for good measure. Want a quieter atmosphere? Outdoor seating is available when weather permits.
You may have seen Chef Matt Murphy on the Food Network, where he won an episode of Chopped. Of course, this means that he is as creative as it comes in the kitchen, shown by his ability to mix local ingredients in delicious Irish fare. And he should certainly know what he’s creating, as he was born and raised in Dublin! If you’d like to see him work in person, reserve the Kitchen Table!
All the traditional Irish favorites can be found on the menu, including Potato and Leek Soup, Corned Beef, Shepherd’s Pie, Guinness Beef Stew, Bangers and Mash, Pot Pie, Colcannon, Lamb, and Duck. But Chef Matt Murphy goes even further, incorporating fresh local seafood into the mix… with an Irish twist. And, okay, so they even do their own version of a po’boy with roast beef, french fries, and onion rings… all on the sandwich! Gluten-free and Vegetarian menus are available – just ask.
Favorite dishes? The Fish and Chips, Short Ribs, Lamb Shanks, Bangers and Mash, Guiness Beef Stew, and the Salmon Filet. If you can save some room for dessert, definitely try the Guiness Chocolate Trifle with Whiskey Ganache and Baily’s Icing.
If you MUST depart from traditional New Orleans fare during your NOLA vacation, the Irish House is a great way to do just that!