I stopped by the Star and Shamrock (1341 H Street) for food and drink with a couple of friends tonight. The place had a good feel, and friendly bartenders. For those wondering if you can take in small children, the answer is yeas, but they might end up eating fries for dinner. For adults the menu options are much expanded. They offer a number of sandwiches, ranging from egg salad, to rare roast beef, to chopped chicken liver. I opted for the liverwurst with onions on pumpernickel. Because we wanted to try stuff we also ordered latkes, coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni salad, kosher cornies (small sausages wrapped in puff pastry), and a pickle. To drink I had the He-Brew Messiah (draft). The latkes were tasty, but I like mine with apple sauce, and they don't serve them that way. The sauce they did provide worked out well. The coleslaw was good, we didn't find much special about the potato salad or macaroni salad. Cornies are good drinking food, and you can order them in three sizes. The pickle was great, as was my sandwich. I look forward to trying out more food menu items, all of which are priced under $9, as well as exploring the beer list a bit. The have one of them internet jukebox thingies, so I can't say who/what was playing dj, but the music over the 2+ hours we spent there was an unusually good set. Just FYI, Star and Shamrock is cash only for the next week or so, but they do have an ATM.
Oh, and I think this is the only place on H Street you can get Guinness on draft. They have several beverages on tap. Here are a few of the offerings: Harp, Brooklyn E.I.P.A., Magner's Cider, Brooklyn Lager, He'Brew Messiah, and Kilkenny Cream Ale. They have around 25 beers in bottles. The bottles screw heavily towards the craft brews, with more offerings from Brooklyn, and He-Brew, as well as Hop Rod Rye Ale, and Founder's Red Rye. Cider drinkers will notice both apple and pear ciders from Original Sin. Those who prefer stiffer drinks can find solace in the roughly 25 Irish whiskeys, and assorted other brown goods that decorate the back of the drink menu.
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You can read more about the Star and Shamrock in the H Street Life column in the May issue of the Hillrag.