See Shells in the Sea Food at Legal Sea Foods

The hubs and I decided to try out Legal Sea Foods in the Short Hills Mall for a quick bite.

We were greeted by about 8 employees who were all gathered at the front desk. We were ushered all the way to the back room, where no one else was, far away from anyone.

The food was nothing to write about, but I will.

I ordered the Lobster Bisque soup and Nick got the Clam Chowder. We both found shells in our soups and spit them out. Mine was pretty bland, I was a bit surprised. Nick also ordered the crab cake appetizer which he enjoyed. It was fairly good. I ordered half a Caesar salad, and it was bland. I was definitely not impressed at this joint. I hate feeling like I threw $50 out the window. But we did that night. The service was also very poor. Our server never came to check on us and ask how everything was. Nick had to get up and literally flag someone down with his napkin to get someone’s attention to ask for more Caesar dressing. My salad was very dry, only a drop of dressing.

Nick’s Guinness and my peach bellini were both good though. I guess the more you drink the better the food gets there.

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Dublin Square – Bordentown NJ – Where Irish Eyes are Always Smiling

“H-A-double R-I-G-A-N spells Harrigan. Proud of all the Irish blood that’s me…” Ok, so I may be a DeVito now, but Kelly is my blood. And I couldn’t be more happy that Dublin Square opened up in Bordentown, NJ (right near Mastori’s and Chickie N Pete’s). We’ve been to Killarney’s in Hamilton and many other Irish pubs throughout the state, but none compare to that of Dublin Square in Bordentown. Besides the fact that it has the feel of being at an Irish Pub in Ireland, the food is classic Irish fare. The owners imported the bar directly from Ireland (ladies there are hooks to hang your purse at the bar). Their beer selection is vast and menu items bountiful.

We’ve only been there a few times. The first time we went I ordered a Smithwicks (pronounced Smittick’s) and ordered the Whiskey Boxty (as it was recommended to me by our server). It was out of this world! Extremely rich, buttery and flavorful. Even the hubs loved it and he’s a simple man. After a busy day today, and the fact that my chicken never defrosted, we decided to head over there. The place was hopping and we sat at the bar til we got a table. I ordered the Smithwicks again and the hubs a Guinness. You would think he was the Irish one, the way he loves Guinness and his desire to go to Ireland to do a tour of the Guinness brewery. We ordered the chips and curry sauce at the bar and waited to be called to our table. Our server was great. I ordered the fish and chips and the hubs ordered a reuben sandwich. My fish and chips were out of this world. The best fish and chips I have ever had. They fry them in a black ‘n tan batter and it was fried to perfection. I decided to go with the side salad since I already had the fries. They also just might have the best balsamic dressing too. The hubs reuben was good and he ordered the mashed potatoes and the gravy was out of this world.

If you are looking for a place to grab some awesome Irish grub, look no more. Got kids? No problem! They have a playroom, complete with a Wii station. How convenient! Check out their traditional Irish brunch on Sundays. Who else offers that?

They are counting down the days to St. Patty’s Day and so am I. From now until the big day, they are doing $4 Guinness pints on Friday’s with collectible glasses. Collect them all!

Until then…

“May luck be our companion
May friends stand by our side
May history remind us all
Of Ireland’s faith and pride.
May God bless us with happiness
May love and faith abide.”