Eat Your Heart Out

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day - Irish Times

It's that special time of the year when I crave corned beef pretty much all the time. I've always been a HUGE fan of the reuben sandwich. So put a big time Irish restaurant together with my corned beef cravings and love of reuben sandwiches and I think you know what's next.
Dinner at Irish Times. I'm not going to lie, after the first weekend Irish Times was open, I swore I wouldn't eat there again. But as time passed and I realized that I can't hate on places for poor service and bad food during their opening weekend forever. I decided to buck up and give it another shot.

To start, we ordered the parmesan garlic chicken wings.

I must say, I was very pleased with this choice. While Tim disagreed and didn't care for the coating, I thought it was great. The wings were crispy and the skin had a great deal of flavor but underneath was the most flavorful, hot and juicy chicken you could ask for. The chicken wings get a thumbs up from me.

Moving on to the main attraction. I'm assuming you already figured this out, but if you didn't - I ordered the reuben.

All I wanted was the hot, greasy corned beef packed between some rye bread with sauerkraut and russian dressing. Well I got everything I wanted, except for the hot part. That's right folks, it came out cold, which pretty much ruined everything. I was disappointed to say the least, and while the sandwich was decent on its own, I didn't get that experience that I was hoping for.

Don't count it out just yet though. I must say, Irish Times may be the coolest bar/restaurant in Saratoga. The atmosphere is incredible, and I love to go there for drinks and to hang out. I also know people who LOVE the food at this place, so maybe it was just that night, and the food was sitting out too long.

Let me know what you think - comment and tell me about your experiences there!

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Ashley Dingeman

My name is Ashley Dingeman and I am in love with food. A recent SUNY Geneseo graduate and Saratoga Springs native, it has always been a dream of mine to have the opportunity to do the two things I do best: eat & write. Just like in a Disney movie, I guess dreams really do come true.

First off, can I just say that my passion for food goes way beyond simply loving to eat. For some, eating is eating and food is food, but to me, it’s so much more. Every element of the food experience, I love.

Perhaps the profound effects of growing up in an Italian family have rubbed off on me. If there was one thing I learned in the process, it was that food brings people together, and where there’s food, there’s family. No, I didn’t grow up in The Olive Garden, but I did grow up privileged to have an incredible Grandmother, and the best cook I’ve ever known. To this day no one will ever be able to replicate her Sunday “gravy”, even though all grandchildren have come close (and some closer than others [me]). It was she who inspired me to begin cooking in the first place, and it is in her honor that I continue on in hopes of inspiring others the same way.

So I invite you now to revel in my words, devour my descriptions, fantasize over my photographs, and maybe just maybe, you’ll be move enough to go out and try something for yourself. Project “Eat Your Heart Out” starts now.