Tuesday, June 11, 2019

O'Reilly's Irish Pub

I wouldn't normally think or want to eat at an Irish Pub while in Amsterdam but there was one day we had walked a lot, and we'd been gone from the hotel since 9 am, and we had tried to find a place to eat some dinner but somehow our exploring walk around dinner time didn't have us in an especially restaurant-filled area/one with available seats/one that was accessible. So we headed back to the Dam Square area and after passing behind the Royal Palace, since our tummies were growling and we needed to sit, as soon as we saw an open outdoor table, we grabbed it. It was at O'Reilly's Irish Pub.
Sadly, the table next to us was occupied by two chainsmokers. Ugh. One didn't seem to get the concept of the ashtray and kept flicking ashes and dropping her gross butts near my feet/wheelchair. Oh well. SP ordered a beer. I ordered hot tea because I don't drink beer and because it was starting cool off and our table was not in the sunshine.
We started with Oma Bob’s Cheese & Rucola Croquettes(famous old Amsterdam cheese & rucola croquettes). These were the first croquettes we tried in Amsterdam. These are the ones responsible for me ordered cheese croquettes almost everywhere we ate. Yum!
Interior photo of the croquette.
I chose the Club Sandwich (grilled chicken breast, crispy bacon, tomato, lettuce & mayo). It was just OK. My chicken was a little dry/tough. I ended up pulling the chicken & tomato off the bun & eating those, rejecting the lettuce and bun..
SP chose Classic Caesar Salad (Romaine lettuce tossed in creamy garlic dressing with croutons,
crispy bacon, boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes & parmesan with strips of grilled chicken breast). He said it was fine. It was a pile of veggies so he was happy.

I wouldn't seek out this pub. I wouldn't go back if we were in Amsterdam given all the other places we ate and how much more I liked them + they were Dutch food. But in a super crowded tourist area in a pinch it was fine.

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