Irish Delights – Fort Worth Weekly
On my first nightly foray into the West 7 Corridor in several months, the pre-pandemic area was busy. Several new restaurants and bars have popped up over the past year, including the centrally-located Trinity College Irish Pub, the only large indoor area of which has a three-sided wrap-around bar where heady pints of Guinness and shots of Jameson were generously distributed during my visit, Young Patron.
Trinity College Irish Pub, 910 Currie Street, FW. 682-224-3525. 10 am-2 am Sun-Sat, 3 pm-2 am Mon-Thu, 11 am-2 am Fri. All major credit cards are accepted.
Several TVs are mounted near the bar, but the general vibe created by the dark wood walls and Irish-themed insignia is a cozy pub. The indoor area was noisy so my friend and I opted for a table on the gravel terrace outside.
The Trinity College Irish Pub’s menu offers a wide variety of starters, pub specialties, salads, soups, sammies, burgers, starters and even two vegan options (Shepherd’s Pie and a Veggie Burger).
The Scottish eggs came out first. Two hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage had been immaculately coated and served on a bed of yellowish sauce. The meaty shell was firm with a texture more like ham than breakfast sausage. Parsley and sage livened up the pork, and the panko crust made every bite comfortably crispy. The egg, with its soft, half-cooked, golden yolk, had a texture similar to a poached egg. The sauce was its own sensory explosion of creamy, buttery goodness with a subtle brown mustard flavor that made the entire dish nearly perfect.
Chicken wing lovers never tire of Trinity’s taste options, which include Pale Ale Mild, IPA Medium, Guinness Barbecue, and Fiery Inferno. I jumped towards the duck wings: six large drumsticks thrown in a citric and slightly spicy glaze. A generous pinch of sesame seeds and diced green onions enhanced both the taste and the look. The skin was cooked crispy and the meat was rich and flavorful.
The fish and chips caused my guest and I to do a double take.
Photo by Edward Brown
The fish and chips caused my guest and I to do a double take. The popular English dish, usually made up of several small fried fillets, was a gigantic cod, about the size of a deflated football. The golden fried beer batter wasn’t too thick or brittle and held the flaky but firm cod together well. The starter came with a small bowl of coleslaw and enough tartar sauce to lather the seafood from end to end.
The Dublin Double, one of seven burgers on offer, was a tasty belt buster. The towering sandwich contained two juicy Angus beef patties, several thick pieces of smoky bacon, melted cheddar cheese, an overly light egg, and vegetables. A mildly sweet sauce was a pleasant addition to the greasy burger, which was easy to split to feed two people.
Trinity College Irish Pub offers dozens of popular and rare Irish whiskeys, bourbons, and scotches. The Get Smashed (Jameson whiskey, watermelon puree, jumbled blueberries, and lemon juice) was pleasant enough but didn’t have a unique flavor profile. My favorite cocktail was the Irish Mule, also made with Jameson, but with a wonderful peach puree that made the overall impression of drinking a juicy, sweet peach tea.
My only disappointment that evening was to find that the pub was unable to validate my parking space as the restaurant is not officially part of Crocket Row on the West 7th development. Our waitress advised us to buy a drink at the nearby Crocket Row Food Hall, which we also did so our parking space could be validated. The service was on time that evening and I could see why the shop was full after only a few months.