So far in the year of 2017, we’ve only taken one road trip for our year-long sandwich tour and that one went a little wrong and we just ended up in East Peoria, not much of a trip there! But today we’re going to make up for that and take the farthest road trip we’ve ever gone on in the four years of doing the MBIP blog! Chad Wallace, who’s a regular commenter here and he came into town a while back to help me do the yearly counting of the gumballs at the Northwoods Mall invited us over to Springfield to try some sandwiches at one of his favorite spots there called, The Dublin Pub. I haven’t been to Springfield since I moved back to Peoria over four years ago, so this sounded like a great idea for a road trip. And whenever we mention those words "road trip," there’s always a knock at the door...and it looks like this is no exception! Let’s go see who’s at the MBIP World Headquarters door...
Chad Wallace? What the hell are you doing here? We’re going to meet you in Springfield! You better hit the road and secure us a table at The Dublin Pub! Sheesh!
Okay, this is more like it, it’s MBIP Pal, Contributing Writer and official Wheelman for our road trips, Scott Turley. And check it out, he’s recently gotten his hair and beard all buzzed off! Looking good and now let’s hit the road to Springfield, Illinois!
And we’re off! Here’s some of the highlights and scenery that you get to see while traveling to Springfield. Okay, the only one is this big Lumberjack guy who would make a pretty nice boyfriend for Vanna Whitewall, we need to bring her next time! Hey check it out, there’s our drive-by shot of the Dublin Pub, let’s park and take a look at this place.
It looks nice! And check out the sign, Chad must’ve put them up to that! Very cool to be welcomed like this! As usual, Scott’s in a hurry to get inside, but I still need to take a couple more outside shots. We’ll see him inside.
Okay, here’s a couple more photos of the outside of the Dublin Pub, now let’s go in and see if Scott found Chad.
There’s the bar over there, let’s see if they’ve got a table in there. It’s nice in here and I really like the bar, but I don’t see any familiar faces. Time to keep moving along here!
There’s a dining room over here and as I travel down the walkway I see a couple of familiar faces at the corner booth, it’s Scott with Chad Wallace and Chad’s brought his lovely wife, Cheryl along for lunch! Great to meet her and as I sat down I took some table-side shots of Chad, Cheryl and Scott and then Chad challenged me to a quick game of “MBIP Dueling Cameras!” Looks like I win again!
Here’s our pretty waitress for the day, Amber! Amber came to Springfield via Alaska and she’s really nice and a wonderful waitress! There she is taking our sandwich orders for lunch.
And while those are being made, I abandoned everyone at the table and went around and took some shots of the dining area along with two classic Guinness signs and one featuring, “Beers Of The World.”
Meanwhile, back at our corner table, it looks like the first course has arrived...
We got an order of chicken wings for the table and I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. Chicken wings in an Irish pub are never anything too outstanding, but these were really a happy surprise! We got a serving of the Honey Mustard Wings and they were really delicious! The Honey Mustard sauce was tangy and tasty and the wings were plump and juicy! We’re off to a great start already!
Now it’s time for the main event, here’s Amber with our sandwiches! Let’s take a look at them...
The top is Chad’s sandwich, he got the Buffalo Chicken Horseshoe, Cheryl got a Reuben Kincaid, Scott got the Cheeseburger Horseshoe and I got one of the specialty sandwiches, The Dublin Pub Pot Roast Sandwich with homemade chips! They all look so good, time to dig in!
Chad and Cheryl said their sandwiches were really delicious and there’s Scott digging in to his Cheeseburger Horseshoe. He’s never had a Horseshoe and here’s his review of his Horseshoe lunch:
“In all my 63-plus years, I'd never eaten a horseshoe sandwich. Lord knows I love cheeseburgers and fries, but there is just something about the way it's all heaped together with that cheese all over it that seemed unappealing. And let's face it, that liquid cheese looks something like nuclear waste. But I decided to try one for MBIP. I was pleasantly surprised. Texas toast is always good, and the burger was top-notch. Although the fries were of the frozen variety, they were quite tasty. The cheese sauce was really good. Even though it covered everything, it didn't overpower and it wasn't all sticky and gooey like I expected it had a very nice consistency and a really pleasant taste. The menu claims it is the original recipe from the Leland Hotel. (I assume the the Leland Hotel was were the sandwich was first created) Overall, it was a great afternoon in a nice place with super nice people. I give the Cheeseburger Horseshoe three Dagwoods.”
Great review, Scott, thanks! And now on to this week’s MBIP sandwich!
I got the Dublin Pub Pot Roast sandwich. The Pot Roast here is a house specialty and the sandwich had a generous portion of the Pot Roast along with onions, mustard and Swiss cheese. It comes with homemade potato chips and I got some of the homemade melted cheese for them. The cheese was so good! It was sharp, creamy and rich and I decided to do more with it than just dip my chips in it...
I poured it on my sandwich and then took a bite and it was so good! The Pot Roast was tender and juicy and the onions and mushrooms reminded me of a Sunday night dinner my mom used to make for our family back in the day! The melted cheese really topped it off nicely and this was a marriage of flavors made in sandwich heaven!
Afterwards we convened to the bar for one for the road! And please notice that I’m cheering with an empty glass, just in case enquiring minds are curious about this photo! (Inside joke alert!) Thanks to Chad and Cheryl for suggesting and meeting us at the Dublin Pub, it was a great time and a fabulous lunch! Thanks to Scott for driving and for his sandwich review and mucho thanks to Amber and everyone at The Dublin Pub for great food, service and hospitality! We’ll see you all tomorrow!
Three and three quarters Dagwood Bumsteads—This is the first Pot Roast Sandwich I’ve had on this sandwich tour and it was like a Sunday meal between two slices of buttered toast! Delicious and don’t forget to get their homemade melted cheese to pour all over it!
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