at 506 State St. has been serving delicious Irish fare and pub food for almost twelve years now. Monday night, Amanda and I stopped in to get dinner shortly after 6 o’clock. We were actually seated at the same table as we were when we visited on my ethnic food tour. Our server Kyle brought us our menus. We only needed the few moments he was away getting our drinks to decide on which salads to order. Amanda ordered the Spinach & Strawberry Chicken Salad and I chose to go with the Cobb Salad.
The Spinach & Strawberry Chicken Salad was a light and very refreshing salad. A bed of spinach was topped with fresh sliced strawberries, lightly seasoned grilled chicken, red onions, and crumbled feta cheese. Amanda ordered it with fat-free raspberry vinaigrette. The sweet and savory combination of the berries with the chicken was fantastic. The dressing added some extra sweetness as well as a slight vinegary bite. Spinach is heartier in texture than regular lettuce and it was a great foundation for the rest of the salad. The dressing cup was very large and the salad only needed about a quarter of what was provided. All the ingredients were extremely fresh and flavorful making for a truly delicious and healthy dinner.
Cobb Salads have never been a favorite of mine, but when I learned that Molly’s version features shaved prime rib, I had to try it. A bowl of mixed greens was topped with sliced red onions, a quartered hard-boiled egg, tomatoes, carrots, pepperoncinis, and piled high with shaved ham, turkey, and prime rib. I ordered the balsamic vinaigrette with mine although I’m sure a creamy ranch or bleu cheese would have been amazing as well. Sweet greens mixed with bitter greens gave a great balance to the salad. I gave everything a quick toss to make sure I got a bit of each ingredient with every forkful. The ham and turkey were thin shaved cold cuts while the prime rib was wonderfully hot. The temperature differences between the beef and the vegetables was perfect. The peppers with the vinaigrette added the same tangy bite as the vinegar in the raspberry dressing on Amanda’s salad. I would have loved to have a second helping of this salad.
This was a fantastic way to end my salad tour of Erie. From the salads to the chicken wings to the boxty, everything at Molly Brannigans is tasty. Thank you to Kyle for the great service and the kitchen for such a wonderful meal. The phone number is (814) 453-7800 and the hours of operation are Mon. through Wed. from 11am til 11pm, Thursday from 11am til Midnight, Friday from 11am til 1am, Saturday from Noon til 1am, and Sunday from Noon til 9pm.
Until next time,
Andrew – Beard vs. Food