Patrick’s on Patrick Street

I had occasion to go to Patrick’s this Friday for lunch.  Since they are only in a “soft opening” (their words) phase I’m not going to do a review at this point.  It’s pretty clear to me that they are still a work in progress.  Rather I’l  just share some of my first impressions:  It is in the space formerly occupied by Venuti’s, but they have changed things around. The first thing you notice as is the bar.  It is approximately 45 feet long,  dark carved wood- very impressive and looked like it had seen some action.  The owner told me the story of how his brother found it in Ireland in a building slated for remodelling and how he sent a woodworker from Hagerstown over to disassemble it and ship it to Frederick.  They appear to have about 10 beverages on draft including:  Guinness, Smithwick’s, Newcastle Brown, Flying Dog Pale Ale and a hard cider who’s name escapes me.  I can say without reservation that the Smithwicks and Guinness are good!  Since it was lunch and I had to function that afternoon I’ll have to report back to you on the others. 

They had a limited menu consisting of a single page that can be summed up in one word “eclectic.”  There was fare you expected to see:  Shepherd’s Pie, fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage.  There was also some wild stuff: Cod with Thai lime sauce, seared Ahi tuna, samosas and baked brie.  Not your typical pub fare.

A few other odds and ends:  the bathrooms have been completely remodelled and are now bright and clean as opposed to the dank hole that was Venutis bathroom.  This may not come as a surprise to those who visited Venutis near the end of its life, but the new owner said they spent a lot of time and money ridding the kitchen of “an infestation” of insects left over from the previous occupants.  I look forward to visiting after their “Grand Opening” which is supposed to be some time in November.

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5 responses to “Patrick’s on Patrick Street

  1. I’m glad the men’s bathroom was as nice as the women’s. Your observations on the restaurant were similar to mine.

  2. fredfood

    I am of the opinion that you can tell a lot about an establishment by looking at their bathrooms. Now in this case the bathrooms are clearly new (the men’s room still smelled of paint) so we’ll have to see how they maintain them, but the fact that they expanded and upgraded them is clearly a good sign.

  3. It has long been a tenet of our household that the nastier the restaurant, the tastier the Chinese food. Of course, this only works in Chinese restaurants. When we come upon a filthy loo in a non-Chinese establishment, we tend to signal it with a “I suggest you ask them to make you a lo mein…I have a feeling it will be fabulous.”

  4. fredfood

    I agree 100%. We love the food at Hunan Gormet on 7th street but the bathroom does give you reason to pause…

  5. We hit Patricks on Friday. I’m a 98% vegetarian which means I get a pass when I hear of good fish-and-chips. I shouldn’t have wasted my 2%. It was okay, but I like a more traditional English style batter and plank-like chips. If it had been $9.99 I wouldn’t complain at all. But at $12.99 for pub food, I expect something wondrous.

    Great looking beer menu, though!

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