By Priya Hutner
“ Flakey cod was bathed in a black and
tan beer batter and lightly fried.”
[dropcap1]I[/dropcap1]f you haven’t been to the Auld Dubliner Irish Pub, make sure it’s on your list. This was my first time eating here after hearing they were the defending champs for best chicken wings. They took first prize last year at Squaw’s Guitar Strings and Chicken Wings event (see the Music Scene in this issue). General manager Randy Rogers said that the wings were created after the restaurant took first place in a rib contest, using a Guinness-ale base for their sauce. Artist and energy healer Chase Rogers joined me for an Irish lunch.
The rustic interior of the restaurant is decorated with furniture and décor imported from Ireland with a large bar that is reminiscent of a traditional Irish pub.
I wanted to taste the champion chicken wings, and the Dubliner Hot Wings were amazing; it’s no wonder they won first prize. They were meaty and tender and the sauce had a great balance of both sweet and spicy. They were grilled to perfection with an excellent housemade blue cheese dressing that did not overpower.
Randy suggested we try the Boxty, a traditional Irish dish featuring potato pancakes similar to crepes. We had the Bushmills Chicken Boxty stuffed with a sautéed chicken breast, garlic, thyme and mushrooms in a whiskey cream sauce served with seasonal vegetables from The Tahoe Food Hub. This entrée was delicious. The cream sauce was not too heavy and was delightful with chicken and mushrooms. “The Boxty is thicker than its French cousin,” noted Chase.
The Auld Dubliner serves organic, sustainable and local products whenever possible. The beef is grass fed, and the fish is line caught and sustainable.
The Blackened Ahi Salad served with mixed greens, avocado, cherry tomatoes, dried cranberries and a cilantro pepita dressing was a fabulous salad. We also tried the Dubliners Fish and Chips. Flakey cod was bathed in a black and tan beer batter and lightly fried. It was served with chips dusted with a light curry seasoning. I don’t normally go for fried but this dish was excellent.
The Dubliner pours traditional 20-oz. Irish pints and has wide selection of Irish Whiskeys, 36 to be exact, with 70 types of whiskeys in all. You can even order a Whiskey Flight and try a variety of Irish Whiskeys. Enjoy a shot and beer special, which is a local favorite.
They host a full bar, as well. Ryan Rambo of Rambo Productions was at the helm serving up pints. His production company hosts Bingo with Rusty every Thursday night at the Auld Dubliner. It’s not your grandma’s bingo night. Pete Charles and Friends play live music every Friday and karaoke fans take the spotlight every Tuesday.
The Auld Dubliner in the Village at Squaw Valley is open for lunch and dinner daily with breakfast served on the weekends. For more information, call (530) 584-6041 or visit aulddublinertahoe.com.
Priya Hutner is a writer, health and wellness consultant, and natural foods chef. Her business, The Seasoned Sage, focuses on wellness, conscious eating and healthy living. She offers healthy organic meals for her clients. She may be reached at email@example.com or visit theseasonedsage.com. Visit TheTahoeWeekly.com to read more Tastes columns.