Patch users have spoken, and the Cranford hotspot claims the top spot among folks who think every day is St. Paddy's day.
In the wake of Hurricane Irene nearly seven months ago, Barry O'Donovan, owner of the The Kilkenny House Restaurant & Pub in Cranford wondered if the popular local watering hole would ever re-open its doors to the public. But there's a lot to be said for "the luck of the Irish." The bustling bar and eatery, located at 112 South Ave. East in downtown Cranford, was voted "best Irish pub in Union County" according to a recent Reader's Choice poll on Patch. "It just goes to show you that out of tragedy comes triumph," owner Barry O'Donovan said. When Hurricane Irene tore through the region in late August, the restaurant was submerged in more than 10 feet of water. From the basement to the main floor of the pub, everything was ruined. Floors …
Barry O'Donovan of The Kilkenny House chats over Harkin Curry Pie.
- PATCH'S HOUSE & HOME
- Amy Currie
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
We caught up with Barry O'Donovan, owner of The Kilkenny House in Cranford to talk about authentic Irish fare, Hurricane Irene and the town who saved his restaurant. Patch: Your having Harkin Curry Pie (chicken simmered with onions, peas, carrots in an authentic curry sauce topped with a puff pastry cap, $9) for lunch. It smells amazing. Is this your favorite comfort food? O'Donovan: Being from Ireland, Curry is huge and so is chicken pot pie. This is a combination of the two. Every pub over there has a curry dish on the menu. It is real comfort food for me. The curry that we use is from Ireland and milder and sweeter than its Indian cousin. There are french fries in it too which is the way we present it. Patch: Coming from Ireland, you …