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Food review: Grace O'Malleys

Food review: Grace O’Malleys

Audra Reigle | Tech Editor

Walk into Grace O’Malley’s and you’ll be greeted with the sounds of traditional Irish music and a hostess ready to seat you and your party at a table.

Move right along to the seating area, and you’ll see whiskey and Guinness advertisements line the walls. A traditional Irish sport called hurling is playing on the screen. There’s a stage set up for live music, though it’s quiet on a Sunday afternoon. A large stuffed bear is seated in the back corner.

If you’re looking for some traditional Irish fare, Grace O’Malley’s is the place to go. Even Irish food isn’t your style, the restaurant still offers options for those not into Irish fare.

The Irish Nachos ($10.33) are one of several starters you can choose from. Chips, or fries as we call them in America, are loaded with beer cheese, bacon, jalapenos, tomatoes and scallions with a ranch creme fraiche drizzle. It’s a large portion big enough to be an entree. If you’re looking for a smaller appetizer, the Gracie’s Disco Chips ($8.33), topped with BBQ pulled pork, cheese, sour cream and green onions, may be a good alternative, but even those can fill you up before you get your entree.

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The Bundoran burrito ($11.33) comes with pulled pork tossed in Paddy Old Irish Whiskey sauce, cheese and coleslaw in a seasonal wrap and your choice of chips, potato salad, coleslaw or fruit medley on the side. You can also change your side to a pub salad or a Caesar salad for an additional $2.33.

Photo by Audra Reigle

If you can manage to save room in your stomach for dessert, you may be disappointed in the lack of options for dessert. Grace O’Malley’s only offers two items for dessert: cream cheesecake and bread pudding. Both options change daily, so you’ll have to ask your server for details. If they have the peach bread pudding though, it’s definitely worth the price. Desserts go for market price.

If you’re looking for a place to get some drinks, Grace O’Malley’s may be the place for you. They have an extensive whiskey selection from Ireland, Scotland and the U.S. Beer and wine are also served.

The restaurant gets its name from Grace O’Malley, who was the Queen of Umaill. Born to the O’Malley clan in 1530, she joined her family in the seafaring trade after proving to her parents she could indeed live a sailor’s life. She even confronted Queen Elizabeth I and convinced her to free her family and restore their land. Items in the restaurant were crafted in Ireland.

If you want to represent Grace O’Malley’s while you walk around Norfolk, the restaurant sells short and long sleeve shirts, hats and hoodies.

The restaurant also has live entertainment on some evenings. The upcoming schedule of performers can be found on their website.

Overall, the restaurant has a great atmosphere with great food. Depending on the time of day, it can be a quiet place to grab a bite to eat or a lively atmosphere to enjoy with your friends.