Before attending the Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington, we were in search of dinner and drinks. We knew that the area around the Barracks was home to many restaurants, and we strolled several blocks looking for a place that would entice us in. We came upon Molly Malone's and quick perusal of the posted menu lured us in. Although it was barely evening the restaurant was filled with patrons. We were directed upstairs, to the part of the restaurant called Chesty’s 2nd Floor Saloon, where we quickly found a table.
The beverage menu consisted of a surprisingly extensive mix of craft beers. There were several double IPAs and other "big" beers that were tempting me. However, I knew I'd be spending the next couple of hours sitting in the sun, so I opted for something more moderate. I selected Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale. This ale poured a light amber color with a thin head. The aroma was slightly fruity with a bit of citrus hops. The flavor was much more bitter than I expected. The description that came immediately to mind was "grapefruit rind." Not unpleasant, but more of what I'd expect from an IPA. The finish was dry with lingering bitterness.
The food menu consists of a variety of "bar fare." For my meal, I ordered the Bacon Burger with fries. The Angus burger was thick and juicy, and topped with caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato & smoked bacon. The other members of our party all selected the Chicken Tenders. The tenders are made from sliced chicken breast with a crispy coating. During our meal we saw many orders of the pub's buffalo wings going by our table. They looked quite appetizing and we all vowed that we needed to make a return visit to try them out. And of course, Molly Malone's craft beer menu certainly warrants further exploration.
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