Friday, January 27, 2012

Frugal Floozie Friday - Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub

A pint o' Guinness - or, at least, a pint of Guinness ice cream - for $4.95: that's the fabulous dessert Jeremy chose for his 21st birthday recently at today's Frugal Floozie Friday feature, Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub.

The Guinness Ice Cream Sundae falls perfectly within our mandatory $5 budget, and is an enormous, luscious concoction: 3 scoops of ice cream topped with chocolate fudge, caramel sauce, pecans, chocolate chips, whipped cream and the crowning cherry.  The birthday guest can choose either a dessert or a $10 card as the restaurant's gift.  Jeremy had chosen the latter last time, as Conor O'Neill's is where he asks me to take him every year for his celebration, so he decided to indulge in the sugar rush this time.

Several of the desserts fall within our budgetary constraints for individual servings, but could happily be shared.  The appetizers, which range in price from $6.50 to $8.50, are easily split as well so that they meet our $5 per person limit.

For as long as we've been going to Conor O'Neill's, we've ordered the Galway Bay Mussels appetizer, so I was astounded not to see it on the lunch menu at our visit; apparently it's only available at dinner now.  But our very sweet waitress, Jennifer, checked with the kitchen and told us that they would make it in honor of Jeremy's birthday.

The cream sauce that the mussels are served in is rich with mustard, garlic and sherry; the dish also comes with slices of baguette and some hearty brown bread.  At $8.95, this is a fabulous dish for two - far more than one person could eat alone, particularly before a meal.  The real treasure is the sauce, though, which is just sublime!  Order extra bread to sop it up, because you truly won't want to leave one tiny morsel on the plate.

I have never ordered anything at Conor O'Neill's that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed, from the Irish "fayre" (fish and chips, shepherd's pie, boxty, etc.) to the sandwiches, from the salads to the desserts.  While they exceeded our Frugal Floozie Friday budget, our entrees - the Big House Burger (with cheese, bacon, mushrooms and onion rings) and Ploughman's Sandwich (grilled vegetables and cheddar) with a side salad - were so fabulous that they warranted a photo op, and a few moments of fame, nonetheless:

In addition to the excellent food, Conor O'Neill's also offers entertainment several evenings each week, from trivia contests to Irish jam sessions - you can find both food and fun for $5 or less per person!  How great is that?

Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub
318 South Main Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
(734) 665-2968

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Unknown said...

I actually made Guinness ice cream before... very coffee flavored ice cream like :)

Every one of those photos makes my mouth water... nothing like a good tease in the morning to wake your appetite up!!!

Mary Sullivan Frasier said...

Happy, Happy 21st Birthday to Jeremy!! Wow. It's kinda bittersweet when our kids reach these milestones, isn't it? No longer a child, but always our babies.

The food looks just amazing! We're big fans of Irish pubs and have a few really good ones around here, too. I showed hubs the ice cream and he started to drool a little. Then he saw the mussels! I thought he was gonna cry. LOL

Have a wonderful celebration weekend, my friend!

Cranberry Morning said...

Happy Birthday to Jeremy! And what a spectacular birthday dessert. What a fun place to go for a birthday celebration.:-)

Karen Harris said...

Happy birthday to Jeremy! This sounds like the perfect treat for a 21st birthday.

Miriam said...

That looks like a great place to eat!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Candace said...

Guinness Ice Cream?? Yes, please! Happy Belated Birthday, Jeremy! It looks as if you had a feast.

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