A restaurant's atmosphere reflects its style of cuisine: a bustling bar often corresponds to pub fare, and a four-to-one ratio of hydrogen to helium suggests the cuisine of Neptune. Dine in an Irish ambiance with today's Groupon to Donovan's Irish Cobbler in Woodstock. Choose from the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Irish fare for two or more people.
- For $19, you get $40 worth of Irish fare for four or more people.
- For $36, you get $80 worth of Irish fare for six or more people.
Between the green and yellow walls of Donovan's Irish Cobbler, a menu of pub grub, Irish favorites, and plates of cobbler satisfy robust appetites. Blue-cheese nachos—potato crisps with blue-marbled crumbles and green onions ($8.50)—defer to sandwiches such as the Shillelagh, an assemblage of turkey, ham, and swiss crowned with bacon and served with chips and pickle crisps ($9.25). Donovan's signature cheese sauce deluges the traditional Irish Boxty's stacked hash browns and shredded beef ($10.25)—like many items on the menu, the Boxty may swap its meat for vegetarian ingredients or baseball cards. Brunch at Donovan's Irish Cobbler hauls in the seven-item Irish breakfast, which includes two fried eggs, bangers, and apple bread pudding ($9.75). For dessert, ice-cream glaciers glide across peach, blueberry, or chocolate cobbler ($2.99), transforming the pie's geography over the course of thousands and thousands of seconds.
Donovan's Irish Cobbler
Growing up in Illinois, the Donovan family fell in love with the horseshoe, an open-faced sandwich piled high with ham and covered in cheese sauce and French fries. When they opened Donovan's Irish Cobbler, the clan brought their own version of the Illinois tradition with them. In this version, fries and homemade cheese sauce join your choice of meat, including smoked ham, hamburger, and fried chicken. The dish became a hit, but it isn't the only one that caught on when Donovan's introduced it to the region. Boxty—stacked potato pancakes topped with shredded beef and, again, the house's signature cheese sauce—has also taken off like an alien spaceship that just stopped in to use Earth's Wi-Fi. The two popular dishes head a menu heavy on Irish classics such as bangers and mash, but also featuring paninis, salads, and wraps.
Open until 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, the pub is a lively night time spot. Each week it hosts events such as team trivia, a three-card poker tournament, and four-hour sets of live music.