Make lunch or dinner into a fun foodmersible with submarine-shaped appetizer rolls such as the seared ahi tuna variation with mango, mint, avocado, and wasabi-ginger soy sauce ($7), or yam-tempura-coated fish sticks ($7). Meat goes best with meat, which explains why bold dishes like the rau ram salad with chicken, cabbage, green mango, and apple ($11) and the braised anise shortrib ($22) stand out so well. Quietly confident plates such as the tofu with eggplant, mushrooms, and Thai basil ($12) or the lemongrass jalapeno wok (tofu, $13) are equally delicious, but are more susceptible to noogies.
While each Auld Dubliner storefront is lettered in the same size-300 Irish Gaelvetica font, it must also meet the stringent level of pub authenticity required by co-owner and Gaelic strongdrinker David Copley. A native of Limerick, Ireland, Copley might share a dirty poem if you ask nicely, but he's more likely to tell you that every part of his pub's polished wood and brass décor was designed and crafted in Ireland and transported piece-by-piece to its new American home. The Auld Dubliner's oaken ornamentation of barrels, bar counters, hefty wood tables, faux-oil lamps, and Guinness posters galore makes it easy to tuck right into a menu of toothsome Erin edibles like shepherd's pie with ground beef and lamb baked with mashed potatoes ($13) or the for-more-than-St.-Patty's-Day corned beef and cabbage ($13). Other fare that comes with a shamrock stamp of approval includes the traditional boxty (a potato pancake) stuffed with delights like Irish bacon and melted cheddar ($14) or Atlantic salmon with shallots and tarragon ($14). Slightly haute-seared classics strut their stuff as well, including Angus-beef pub burgers ($9.50), a seared tuna salad with Asian coleslaw ($13), and the mega-vegetarian ploughman's sandwich ($9) with grilled eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, and pretty much everything else that grows from the ground on ciabatta with horseradish mayo. For a finish as sweet as a "yes" from Molly Bloom, the Irish-whiskey crème brulee adds a twist to a traditional dessert by turning it into crème brulee.
The epicurean engineers at Durty Nelly's rouse weary palates with dishes from an extensive menu of Irish classics and frothy brews. Cheer on quarreling sausages in the bangers and mash plate ($10.95), or embrace the corned beef and cabbage dish ($12.95), which is more tender and juicy than a hug from the Kool-Aid Man. The fish 'n' chips platter beer-batters Icelandic cod filets and serves them with a heap of fries and coleslaw ($12.95), and 25 handhelds such as the corned beef sandwich ($7.75+) and the avocado, bacon, and cheese burger ($8.95) compete for attention with 10 draught beers under the luminous glow of big-game beaming flat-screen TVs. To complement each bite, Durty Nelly's provides a slew of weekly entertainment and invites bar farers to sip on discounted brews during happy hours Monday–Thursday.