JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House – Let It Pour

Courtesy photo – Lamb burger – seasoned lamb with goat cheese, fried kale, and curry sauce

When Irish eyes are smiling, they are usually up to something and JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House has some smiling eyes as they are getting ready to kick off their annual St. Patrick’s Day bash on Saturday, March 17.

They will be open all day and all ages are welcome until 7PM so be sure to bring the littles for some family fun under the tent. There will be live music from 12 to 11 PM and admission is only $5!

For those of you wanting to check out the bar and toast St. Patty with an Irish brew, the pub will be 21 and over only. And if you are in desperate need of a kilted bagpiper, be sure to check out The O’Tooles, who will be dropping in for a few performances. Check out all you need to know about the upcoming celebration here.

Courtesy photo – Bacon Mac and cheese with fried chicken – baked with cheddar, Swiss, and blue cheese and bacon, with brown sugar and cayenne battered chicken.

While JK O’Donnell’s will be full of Irish cheer this Saturday, they have a lot more to offer than St. Patty’s Day shenanigans. One of their most recent changes is a newly vamped menu. Check out our interview!

What inspired you to choose these dishes? 

We have to change it for us and the customer.  There are dishes that will always be standards here but there’s a desire to keep things fresh and interesting.

How often does the menu change?

About every 6 months. It used to be that we would change the menu once a year, but I would like to see us on a more predicable timeline to provide heartier, comfort food in the colder months and then provide more lighter options during the warmer months.

What are the gluten free/vegan/vegetarian options?

Our hummus is gluten free and vegan.  Our veggie burger is now served on a pita which makes the dish both vegetarian and vegan.  We offer gluten free buns as an option on any of our sandwiches. Several of our other dishes can be made gluten free or vegetarian with minor adjustments.

Courtesy photo – Mussels – one pound of blue mussels in a white bean, fennel, garlic, and herb butter sauce.

Are there any other changes you’d like to highlight? What precipitated the menu change?

We have been getting a great response from all of our new dishes.  The mussels are a great addition as well as the lamb meatloaf.  The chicken bacon mac and cheese has been a huge hit.

Any new drinks to highlight? 

We specialize in a providing a wide variety of craft beer along with ciders and meads. Our large selection of drafts and bottles is designed to provide an option for almost everyone, while highlighting some of the more unique craft beer creations.

Courtesy photo – Purple Mountain cheesecake

Check out the menu and hours on their website.

May your heart always be full and may your glass never be empty. Cheers!

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Reneta Thurairatnam

Author: Reneta Thurairatnam

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