I am part outraged and embarrassed for Napper Tandy's. I have heard of this place forever, supposedly one of the MUST Go places if ever in Raleigh's Glenwood Ave Restaurant Row. So yesterday while at an event in the area, my wife and I went to 'da Nappers. I expected an unforgettable experience, and I got one I did not expect.
We made our way downstairs to the Pub. Nothing exceptional except the place was wall to wall tv's (not a bad thing) with loads of different sports events on.
But then it was time to order. My wife got an Irish Whiskey on the rocks, and it came out timely... in nothing but a plastic 8 oz cup... and cost $7.50!
Drinks aside, I decided to order the Fish -n- Chips, my wife went with the Shepards Pie and I was curious and got the Bangers and Mash to take home
My fish was more burnt breading than fish, and forget about cocktail sauce.... you only get tartar as they dont even have cocktail sauce.
The fries... what a joke! Stale, undercooked... definitely fresh out of the freezer. All this for like $12?!
My wife's Sheppards pie was more mashed potatoes than meat and the mashed potatoes tasted watery and no salt, pepper, butter, nothing!. I am certain the mashed potatoes were fresh because it had a chunk of undercooked potato in it. GROSS. This ran I think $13. You gotta be kiddin me!
Then there was the bangers & mash. Mashed potatoes must have come from the same batch.... watery and not a stitch of seasoning to it.. The bangers, what an effing joke. Little more than cocktail weenies.
Obviously this is a pub and they do not concentrate a lot on food. They seem to want to focus more on frozen food fastly made than actually good food reasonably priced.
Napper Tandy's 'repuketation' will be forever in my mind. Those that go to Napper Tandy's, dont go for the food. Go for the sports pub, go for the atmosphere, go for the booze. But stay away from the food.
Connolly has closed Doherty opened Oct 8th 2012. There is not currently open Mic but live Irish music every wed @ 6pm & live music every Friday & Saturday night!
Great stop. Authentic irish pub and awesome food. Music on weekends rock. Definitely out local hangout. Shepherd's Pie and Guinness is what it's all about.
Super great but always super loud.
I absolutely LOVE Bull McCabe's. The food is delicious... even the french fries (best ever). The staff is super friendly and the drinks are mighty tasty. My husband and I have made some special requests on food that the kitchen staff were glad to accommodate. Wonderful!
Ate there last week. Beer selection was excellent, food was very good. Try the stew and the reuben. Compares favorably with Federal. Blows Tyler's out of the water. Plenty of nearby parking. This could become my favorite bar in Durham. Give it a try.
A big improvement over what used to be there.
Excellent burger cooked exactly as ordered. Fries are fries, nothing special there, but overall every menu selection has surprised me. I couldn't stand to see Joe & Jo's go away and was ready to hate Bull McCabe's but there's no denying quality food and friendly staff. I gladly go there for reliable eats.
Look, there is a reason that Joe & Jo's is no longer in business. I used to drink there, and I loved it, but it's time to embrace the new. Bull McCabe's is off to a great start. I've hung out there twice already and my friends and I all agree we'll be back again. It's definitely in contention for our new local.
I was worried when I heard that Joe & Jo's, the successful, friendly, downright homey neighborhood bar downtown was going to become a new "Irish" bar.
I worried that J&J's unpretentious decor, delicious and moderately priced food, and overall funky atmosphere would disappear forever in a haze of faux "authentic" church relics, overpriced and underwhelming trend food, and a sterile, generic, infuriating design.
And you know what? I was right.
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