A reader was nice enough to tip us off to some changes occurring at James Joyce (912 W. Main) this week. Apparently, they’ve flown in a chef from Ireland to revamp their menu to focus traditional Irish fare. When we went on Tuesday they were operating on a limited portion of the new menu, with the full menu expected to debut tomorrow (Thursday).
These are the ribs ($7.95 appetizer portion, $11.95 meal portion), and they were delicious. They are still working out some execution issues (they were slightly overcooked, one of the ribs had so little meat on it that it shouldn’t have been served), but we suspect this will get worked out soon.
This is the beef and Guinness pie ($13.95), also quite good. Other menu items are fish cakes ($11.95), Irish stew ($10.95), and bangers & mash ($11.95).
Overall, this is a great improvement. The only problem I see is the prices, which are definitely high for the area and the quality of food (you can regularly get duck confit next door at Federal for similar/cheaper prices).