Brocach Irish Pub
In a word: Breaks the "Badger" curse.
The specs: #0115
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JM ate the ham and brie sandwich with chips and a lemonade.
Nichole ate the Irish stew with a Coke.
The bill was $24, or $12/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole both gave Brocach Irish Pub an A- (see our grading rubric).
Until Brocach (Gaelic for "badger den," according to the web site), we had bad luck at places with "badger" in the name. Perhaps the rule only applies to English.
At first, we felt out of place at Brocach amongst a sea of legislators' (and legislators' aides and lobbyists') dark suits, but no one seemed to hold our jeans and t-shirts against us. On the contrary, the service was quite warm and the atmosphere intimate but not stifling.
When JM saw the ham and brie sandwich, it was love at first sight. Bravo, really! It had a ridiculuously large slice of removable tomato and came with a generous supply of "chips" which JM ate with "lycopene" instead of malt vinegar. The red cabbage, raisin, and walnut slaw looked good enough for Nichole to steal a bite, but, like the similar dish across the Capitol Square at Marigold, it didn't have much flavor.
By contrast, the Irish stew of lamb, onions, carrots, barley, and mashed potatoes was a-ok. Nichole also thought some of the other stuff on the menu looked worth trying, especially the roast beet salad. The prices being what they are - i.e., somewhat out of range for a regular weekday work lunch - she looks forward to a special occasion (like the in-laws visiting) to visit Brocach again.