Harbor's new Irish pub


August 11, 2005|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Another Irish pub/restaurant has come to Baltimore. Tir Na Nog Irish Bar & Grill opened its doors in Harborplace last weekend in the space that used to be the upstairs of Planet Hollywood.

General Manager Liam Kelly says the name -- pronounced just as it looks -- means "land of eternal youth." He says it is the third Tir Na Nog. The first is across the street from Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the second is near City Hall in Philadelphia.

Liam himself comes from the land of the green, and so does everything inside the restaurant, except the TVs and outside furniture. He describes the interior as "lots of wood, deep colors, stained glass and Celtic designs."

Many elements of the bar come from old churches. And Liam says you will see an old pulpit used as an overhang above the hostess station.

There are three white-tablecloth dining areas, as well as a pub, with total seating about 160. And the same menu is offered in each area.

Folks who love the Irish pub ambience but are not crazy about Irish cuisine will find the menu's choices extend beyond Irish stew or corned beef and cabbage.

Appetizers range from Irish oak smoked salmon with kohlrabi remoulade, red onion, capers and herbs ($9.95) to spicy Thai calamari ($8.95) to grilled duckling breast ($10.95). And let's not forget that B-more essential -- jumbo lump crab cake ($12.95). Entrees include shepherd's pie ($13.95), seared sea scallops ($22.95), Irish ale-battered fish and chips ($14.95) and a cheddar/applewood bacon cheeseburger ($10.95).

There are lunch and brunch menus, as well.

You'll find Tir Na Nog, 410-483-8968, in the Pratt Street Pavilion, at 201 E. Pratt St. Its hours are 11 a.m.-2 a.m., seven days a week.

Brake for the Daily Grind

Do you find that halfway into your morning trek into the city, you're in dire need of a java fix? David Key is coming to the rescue, having just opened another Daily Grind coffeehouse, this one on Falls Road.

You'll discover the newest in the Bare Hills area, across the street from Princeton Sports. It sports lots of windows, exposed brick, 12 tables, and free wi-fi. Along with the Daily Grind's coffee drinks, you can also pick up pastries and bagels in the morning. Lunchtime offerings include light sandwiches -- "leaning toward healthy fare; powerhouse, hummus, turkey" -- soups, and salads. David says they are all in the $4-$7 range.

The Daily Grind, 410-821-1940, is at 6250 Falls Road, "on the morning commute side of the road." Its hours are 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m., seven days a week.

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