My dinkytown burger search took me to Blarney Pub & Grill located by the University of Minnesota. I had zero expectations that this would be anything more than not very good bar food. I have to say it was pretty good and had a few things going for it.
First off, I asked for pink and they definitely got me pink. Nothing really stood out about the beef, but it was not overcooked. I’ll take that as a plus. A slice of cheddar and a slice of pepperjack cheese seemed to be a good mix. Romaine lettuce was a little too garnishy for me. The tomato was fine. I did like the way they sliced up the pickles in a kind of thin wedge type shape. The pickles were good. I couldn’t really find them, but caramelized onions were supposed to be on there.
A couple of things did stand out. The sriracha aioli was delicious and they put a good amount on the burger. Last, I guess bakeries have figured out how to do pretzel buns. In the past I have been a little apprehensive about them, but I’ve had some good ones lately and this one was soft, lightly toasted and just a really good bun.
Overall, it’s a decent burger option within walking distance of the U of M arenas.
French Fries – OK.
Reuben Poppers – OK.