Visiting an Irish pub is like stepping into James Joyce's Ulysses without dealing with molemen, teenage detectives, and heavy-handed NASCAR references. Read the Cliffs Notes with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of pub grub and drink at P.J. O'Reilly's, located near the intersection of Highway 521 and Ardrey Kell Road.
P.J. O’Reilly’s has a welcoming, neighborhood feel, fostering both the taking out of family and the taking in of frothy beverages. Eire-inspired fare peppers the extensive menu. Marry a spinster stomach to a comely appetizer with O'Reilly's Wedding Rings, a heap of circular onions fried in a dowry of Guinness batter ($5.99). Committed slurpers can coat their innards with Irish stew, a savory mélange of fresh lamb, carrots, celery, onion, and potatoes sidekicked by a salad ($10.99), while those with a meat-hankering can slurp on Rynne's Ruben, savory corned beef in a loving embrace of sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and marble rye ($9.99). Drinks come in abundance via tap ($4.25 for a pint) or bottle ($2.50+ for beer, $16+ for wine) behind the wooden bar.
The P.J. O'Reilly's walls come festooned with orange hues and painted brick that evoke an old village home, and flat screens plastered with sporting events that recall the penthouses of yore. An engaging, attentive staff serves up hot food to diners on dark wooden tables and chairs, and the spacious floor extends to diverse areas that can be used for casual conversation or hooligan antics like breaking piñatas open with a porcelain doll.