There's usually music playing when I walk in the front door of McGonigel's Mucky Duck, so it was sort of strange to see the place in the quiet of the afternoon. But I'm glad I stopped by—the pub lunch is amazing. There's fish and chips, salads, and an assortment of sandwiches, including a burger and a roast beef with au jus for dipping.
McGonigel's Mucky Duck
2425 Norfolk St
But it was the trio of mini pies called the "wee three" that got my attention. The steak and kidney pie was a beef and gravy stew with a tiny bit of finely minced kidney for authenticity. The flaky crust was excellent. Shepherd's pie is a hearty ground meat and tomato casserole topped with lots of mashed potatoes, browned in the oven and served piping hot. And of course, all-American chicken pot pie is a chicken and vegetable stew topped with flaky Southern-style pie crust.
The three pies go for $18, but there's a special option—for $24, you get the pies with a flight of Ireland's three favorite beers, Harp lager, Smithwick's ale and Guinness stout. That's a deal that's too good to pass up.