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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

Ri Ra is an authentic Irish Pub and Restaurant at 72 Commercial Street in Portland, Maine.  The parking is limited, but we were fortunate enough to have a space open up right in front of the door, as though they knew we were coming!

 According to their website, all of the Pub's interiors were salvaged and restored in Ireland and shipped to Portland.  The entry doors were salvaged from 'Langston's Pub of Kilkenny,' and there's a pot-bellied stove from Spike Island Prison, in Cove, County Cork.

The Pub is on two levels, and actually has two bars, with a raised area with tables, and then an upstairs dining area.   We chose to sit in a little alcove one of the bars to have our lunch.   Above us was an elegant old chandelier,

 and at the other end of the room was another alcove with a booth built in.

The atmosphere was cozy and friendly; the menu was extensive.  After browsing through the appetizers, we passed up the Irish Potato Cakes in favor of the Jameson honey-glazed Pub wings.  They were dripping with a delicious glaze and served with celery and our choice of blue cheese or ranch dip.
Chowing down on these made for some yummy finger-licking!  They were meaty and delicious.

Hubby chose to have the open-faced roast turkey sandwich, topped with gravy and mashed potatoes.  A cripy pickle added some texture to the plate.  He was very pleased with the taste of it all.

I chose to try something that sounded a little more Irish, and went with a sandwich called the Kilcooly, which consisted of deli turkey, bacon, cheddar cheese, sliced apples, and cranberry mayo on grilled sourdough bread.  This came with a crispy pickle, and a side of onion rings. 

Everything was as good as it looked.  The sliced apples added something different and a tasty flavor to the sandwich.  The onion rings were crisp, satisfying, and way too plentiful.   I ate some, hubby ate some, and I still had some to take home!


Ri Ra Irish Pub is a small national chain with locations in Arlington, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Bethesda, Maryland; Burlington, Vermont; Charlotte, North Carolina; Evansville, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Providence, Rhode Island, and Portland, Maine. 

 We were pleasantly surprised at how large a selection the menu offered, how good the food was, and it was fun to have a waiter with an Irish accent wait on us.  The only thing that might deter me from returning soon was the lack of parking close by.  There was no handicapped parking available.

We waved to the Irish flag as we drove away.   Be sure to visit their website.  You can click on the Pub in Portland, Maine for more information, or on the location nearest you.  It's worth the time, I promise!

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23 comments:

Cheeseboy said...

That place looks like something out of a movie! The food looks like something out of my dreams!


I've always, always wanted to go to Maine.

Kristina P. said...

Gotta love that pub food!

Coffee Slut said...

Those onion rings look delicious!

Saimi said...

It's way too late to be drooling over mouth watering food! I'm afraid my pillow is going to suffer tonight!

Elenka said...

Oh, we've been there many times. The food has always been excellent and I love that it's right on the water.

As Cape Cod Turns said...

Oooh, yummy. Now I have to go get breakfast, but for some reason am craving mashed potatoes!!!

jules said...

That place looks so cozy~ I could go for some wings today!

mimbles said...

Nothing quite like a good Irish pub!

lakeviewer said...

Oh, that looks scrumptiously delicious, for those days when...
An old fashioned pub with a waiter with an Irish accent sounds marvelous.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Looks like a cool place to be a Sunday! Love the old pubs!

Bossy Betty said...

Looks like a great place to hang out!

Laurie Matherne said...

When I tire of working in Honduras with nonprofit work, my dream is to migrate to Costa Rica or... Maine. Mainly Maine. Thanks for fueling my dreams.

Jen said...

The "Pub" looks like a great place to hang....and eat.! The food looked yummy, and the place looks so "welcoming"...homey.

Claudia said...

oh no - i have forgotten - it's sunday - it's dinner time - and i'm on your blog....getting hungry...

i really like the atmospere in the pub - looks as good as the food...you hear the sounds of my stomach...?

Joanna Jenkins said...

An open-faced turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes sounds (and looks) amazing. Now I'm really hungry :-)
This looks like a nice "locals" kind of place that looks like it served great food. Thanks for sharing.
Happy SIMC, jj

tsonodablog said...

Ohhhh now I'm hungry for sure. Ri Ra looks so cozy and quaint. I would love to try it. Your sandwich looked especially yummy. Lucky girl. Thanks for sharing (well, the pics, but unfortunately not the sandwich!)

Terri

Eva Gallant said...

Coffee: They were every bit as good as they look!

Saimi: Sorry about that; it's a hazard of Sundays in My Neck of the Woods!

Jules: It was cozy, but there were two bars,in two separate rooms joined by an archway. It was really quite large. And upstairs is a large dining room with windows over-looking the water.

Jen: It was! And all that beautiful restored old woodwork was gorgeous.

Terri: I can't believe I ate the WHOLE thing! lol

Anonymous said...

What a great resource!

Ann On and On... said...

Both of your meals looked great. Very nice review Eva.

Unknown Mami said...

I have a thing for wings! I love them, can't get enough of them.

bluecottonmemory said...

It looks delicious and so much fun! I would love to try some authentic Irish food!

Eva Gallant said...

bluecotton: Many of the dishes include lamb, I noticed.

gaelikaa said...

When I saw the name RiRa I knew it was Irish. I'm feeling homesick for Ireland right now. Looks like a great place.

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