IBJOpinion

DINING: Pub brings Irish fare to Mass Ave

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
Dining - A&E

It’s sometimes best not to listen too closely to the lyrics of the music being played in an Irish pub.

Don’t get me wrong: I love Irish music—and I like the atmosphere of the new Nine Irish Brothers (575 Massachusetts Ave., 964-0990). It’s just that hearing “the crop of potatoes/was sorely infected/a third to a half of them bad” (Yes, that’s actually a lyric from the tune “Kilkelly, Ireland.”) three times in the course of my hour-and-a-half first meal here didn’t exactly set the mood for culinary excellence. Still, I suppose “Danny Boy” isn’t exactly upbeat, either, and its frequent rotation in such places hasn’t diminished their draw.
 

ae-main-art-nineirishbros-4-15col.jpg The Lafayette-based Nine Irish Brothers opened its first Indianapolis outpost in June. (IBJ Photos/ Eric Learned)

On another visit, the music was turned off at the handsome new eatery in favor of a World Cup match on the small-ish flat-screens. Then, the pleasure of such a congregating-friendly place—anchoring a new development on the avenue—was clear.

The food itself wasn’t so easy a call. The appetizers we tried were a mixed bag. The raspberry vinaigrette added a welcome twist to the Goat Cheese Fritters ($8.49), and the Irish Nachos ($9.49, add spicy beef for $1.50), with potato discs instead of tortilla chips, were a tasty and more filling alternative to the standard. But the Pots of Gold ($8.49), an appetizer in which potato skin cups are filled with cheddar cheese, green onion and bacon, were over-fried.

Among the entrees we tried: Brother Jim’s Shepherd’s Pie ($10.49/$7.59 half order) promised a hearty mix of ground beef and pork, carrots, peas and onions topped with champ (mashed potatoes with onions, butter, and cheese). The pork seemed usurped by the ground beef in this soupy effort and the vegetables were few and far between. I was thankful the massive Side Salad ($5.49) helped pick up the slack.


ae-nineirishbros-8-1col.jpg Shepherd’s Pie is among the traditional Irish fare offered at the pub.

A half-portion of Tiger Mike’s Fish and Chips ($17.49/$10.99 half order) featured a sizable whitefish filet whose crunchy casing trumped the flavor of the fish. Plenty of discs of fried potatoes filled out the plate.

As for Willie’s Bangers and Mash ($13.49), this traditional dish—Irish pork banger sausages served on a bed of steaming champ mashed potatoes with a side of steamed vegetables—shouldn’t have let the gravy on the potatoes be the highlight. Matters improved substantially with Traditional Bread Pudding ($5.99), which made good use of the house-made Irish Soda Bread.

There’s always the option of going for a Black & Tan as a second dessert at this newest addition to Mass Ave, where the beverages and atmosphere, especially on live music nights, are likely to be the biggest draw.•

—Lou Harry

ADVERTISEMENT

  • Claddagh clone?
    I have not been yet, but this sounds and looks like a clone on Claddagh? Am I wrong?

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

ADVERTISEMENT