With the original location opening in Milton a few years back, we thought the following story would be of interest.
Courtesy Nathaniel Darnell
Atlanta Art Cinema Examiner
One of the best restaurants in the Atlanta area will be opening a sister restaurant in Town Brookhaven today. Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub has only been in Alpharetta for about three years, but during that time it's earned a reputation as one of the finest experiences to be had, and a restaurant worth making a hour’s drive out to dine. But with its new location closer to the heart of Atlanta, many aficionados won’t have to travel quite so far.
In fact, traveling to this restaurant is like stepping “across the big pond” into Ireland itself. Whether taking in the intricate decor or noting the shamrock in the foam of a Guinness glass, Olde Blind Dog’s attention to detail ensure each visitor leaves with a strong impression of quality. The Alpharetta location has the restaurant divided into seven sections, reflecting the seven Celtic nations, and each section has its own flair of wood carvings and custom booths called “snugs.” The booths make for warm, manly, private cubbyholes where you can devour their scrumptious cuisine.
Legend has it (or maybe it should be called a well-informed rumor) that the owner of the Olde Blind Dog so insisted that the restaurant would spare no expense, that he spoke to the premier food critics of the nation to find which chef had the fairest fish ’n chips in the country. They told him of a chef in San Francisco whose recipe was beyond compare, and the owner flew to the Pacific coastal city, returning with the rights to the special recipe secured. Indeed, the fish n’ chips are one of my favorite dishes at the restaurant, featuring subtle hints of ginger reminiscent almost of a Christmas cookie.
Two signature appetizers you’ll want to try are their Tabasco deep-fried pickles and the ale and cheddar dip, a mixture of melted cheddar cheese, mustard, and Kilian’s Irish Red served with pretzel bread. Another signature dish is their Shepherd’s Pie, which is made with lamb (as it should be) rather than beef.
For a memorable dining experience that exhibits painstaking quality, be sure to frequent this special passage into Ireland—now available at two portals. It's not just a restaurant. It's one of the not yet fully discovered treasures of Atlanta cuisine.
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