The son of an Irish father and a Mexican mother, Jose O'Brien got his first taste of fusion cuisine as a child in New Mexico. While his grandmothers colluded on Mexican-Irish holiday meals, Jose acted as translator, taste-tester, and pint-sized UN Secretary General. The cuisine born in that kitchen lives on today in a restaurant named after Jose and located far from its regions of origin.
As one might expect, the menu features both traditional cuisine such as the casa burrito with shredded chicken, pico de gallo, and guacamole; and slightly more unusual combinations such as the Irlandes burrito, with ground beef, Irish bacon, bangers, mash, and cheddar cheese. It's also punctuated by a huge burger section, brimming with items like the Tijuana Philly, drowning in mushrooms, jalapeños, cheese, and barbecue sauce; or Jose's burger, a house favorite that comes with bacon, avocado, green chili, and the coup de grace, a fried egg. Those with a taste for unaltered Emerald Isle cuisine can get their fill as well: Jose O'Briens makes a mean shepherd's pie and a quite personable bangers and mash.
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There's never a dull moment at Blue Ribbon Tavern. A colossal beer menu filled to the brim with craft and mainstream brews is a welcoming complement to the hot wings, which arrive covered in a choice from 10 different sauces. The bar also boasts a curated selection of whiskeys and bourbons. The menu features burgers and sandwiches, which are not only delicious, but convenient for those who accidentally left their monogrammed forks at home. Once patrons have conquered their appetites, they're ready to conquer the stage—on Karaoke Thursdays, at least. On Saturdays, the Tavern hosts live music.