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Lunch(es) of the Week

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Just a quick one before the weekend. Had a nice run of lunches in local eateries this week.

Sean Cummings Pub serves authentic Irish food and features live music and Guinness on top.
Sean Cummings Pub serves authentic Irish food and features live music and Guinness on top.

Monday: Sean Cummings Pub
Kurt Fleischfresser, Scott Stuckey and Michel Bouthion were kind enough to introduce me to this little piece of Dublin in the Collonade Shopping Center. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are on the menu with Guinness on Tap. I had the Shepherd’s Pie to answer a question that’s long burned inside me: Do I like Shepherd’s Pie. The apparent answer is no. I trust Sean Cummings enough to think that he would make Shepherd’s Pie exactly the way it’s intended and then turn it up a notch. I didn’t hate it by any stretch. I just don’t think the dish is my cup of tea. Myu guess is any Shepherd’s Pie fan would’ve loved it. I look forward to returning when I can actually explore all that Cummings’ Pub has to offer (BEER, BEER, BEER), and Sean can outfit me with something  to intrigue my Irish-ignorant palate. I was also introduced to a more outlandish milk pairing than the Milk and Pepsi “Laverne and Shirley” introduced us to in the 1970s. Milk and whiskey anyone? Tres bien, merci!

Wednesday: 7 Deli, 711 N Hudson Ave.
After a one-day respite of eating leftover posole on Tuesday, my old pal, emphasis on old, John Bennett joined me at downtown’s newest delicatessan, 7 Deli. What a find. We went on the recommendation of Good Egg executive chef Robert Black and were pleased with the results. I had the Philly Cheesesteak, and must say it’s a contender for best in the city: mushrooms, peppers, and no Whiz. Big winner. It’s in the space formerly occupied by Allen’s Cafe, across from the Federal Building. John ordered a corned beef sandwich in only the way John can. Listening to this master chef order a sandwich is like listening to Beethoven dictate a melody to a music student. Of course, Beethoven was deaf. 7 Deli definitely makes the cut for downtown dining.

The Lunch Box serves pretty much anything mom used to make, only better.
The Lunch Box serves pretty much anything mom used to make, only better.

Thursday: The Lunch Box
Yes, this was my first time there, and I caught a lot of grief for that. Sheri Guyse was kind enough to walk Matt “Rube” Clayton through our maiden Lunch Box voyage. Wow. School lunch the way it should’ve been. Rube was slightly freaked out by the overwhelming number of choices and the random manner with which they were presented. The Lunch Box’s menu is more like street graffitti. Matt being a designer was visibly shaken by their disrespect for continuity. But not the food. Mom, or even grandma, has nothing on the smoked ham he had or the lemon-garlic chicken I had. Swiss steak, meatloaf, burgers and on and on. Next to the iceberg-sized slice of pecan pie I shared with Sheri (yes, I shared), I really dug the Brussel Sprouts. Had mom made like that, the sight of these little mini-Cabbages would’ve have affected my gag reflex up to the age of 33. Great comfort foods, better prices. But don’t expect precision or elevation of the cuisine.

Get to Ingrid's Kitchen before the Guy Fieri fans do. Whatever you do, get dessert.
Get to Ingrid's Kitchen before the Guy Fieri fans do. Whatever you do, get dessert.

Friday: Ingrid’s Kitchen
Friends Jesse Olivarez and Nick Tankersley and I happened over for some sauerbraten, meatloaf and corned beef. (I think it was corned beef, but Nick ate it so fast it’s hard to recall.) Anyway, Ingrid’s has come a long way from a bakery that dabbled in deli. That said, the bakery is still the star of this German diner. Check them out before the world meets them via “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.” Guy Fieri’s midas touch is sure to send lines out the door.

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