Sunday, March 24, 2013

Shannon's Saloon & Restaurant

The luck of the Irish

My family and I celebrated Saint Patrick's Day at Shannon's Saloon & Restaurant, located in a shopping center on Route 40 West across the street from the Shanty Grille. According to Shannon's  website, the restaurant has been in business for over 30 years.

From tiny babies to senior citizens, the pub was filled with lots of happy people decked out in their green finery. My family and I decided to join the fun.

My mother ordered the potato leek soup. Served stemming hot, the creamy soup was tasty with large chunks of potatoes Everyone thought it was really cool that the soup was colored green in honor of Saint Patrick's Day.

We all shared an order of Buffalo Wings with blue cheese dressing. The moderately sized portion of wings was tender inside, a little crispy on the outside and packed a secret kick from the sauce. If you love mildly spicy wings, then this dish is for you. However, be sure to have a tall glass of water nearby to handle the zesty flavor.
Some of us chose the corned beef and cabbage entree as their main course. This meal is an authentic Saint Patrick's Day tradition. The fork tender corn beef was presented on a bed of marinated cabbage and served with cooked carrots, red potatoes, and a slice of Irish soda bread. This is a large serving and my father felt that it was enough for two people.

 I selected the Corned Beef sandwich on rye bread with a side of french fries. The beef, moist and thinly sliced, was stacked upon layers of more beef. I asked for a side of mustard to compliment  the taste. This was certainly a very large sandwich and I took half home for lunch the next day.



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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

T-Bonz Grille & Taphouse - Ellicott City

As a devoted BBQ fan, Im always on the look out for some finger-liking good BBQ restaurants.

My brother Charles and I first tasted T-Bonz Grille & Taphouse's food when they brought their catering truck to our summer swim and tennis club for restaurant night. I was intrigued by the powers of their BBQ pulled-pork sandwich. We loved the catering so much, I told my grandfather about it, who is also another BBQ loving fan. So we ventured to T-Bonz and ordered take out.

The decorations include these
colorful beer tabs in the
Multiple large screen TV's and sports memorabilia make T-Bonz a fun sports restaurant!

 The BBQ pulled-pork sandwich came with a side of fries and BBQ sauce. The sandwich was big on taste and loaded with meat - and true to every pulled pork sandwich... a bit sloppy.  Every bite was tender, seasoned meat with sweet BBQ sauce.

In addition to his BBQ pulled pork sandwich, my grandfather wanted to try the Reuben sandwich. He ordered one with a side of mac & cheese that we all sampled. He said "it was a good sized sandwich, very tasty, and dense with meat".
My grandmother ordered the BBQ chicken salad. The quantity was amazing, not too little or too much. The BBQ chicken was tender, tasty, and had just the right amount of of sweet BBQ flavor. She really enjoyed it. 

Note: T-Bonz is a little tricky to find. It is located at 4910 Waterloo Rd, Ellicott City, MD, in the back of a strip shopping center. Don't be confused by the address. It says Waterloo Rd, but the entrance to the shopping center is really on Montgomery Rd. Here is an aerial view of what I mean: click here


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