We headed downtown for my girlfriend's art show. We decided to stop at a restaurant we've been meaning to try since we were in the area. County Clare was a good choice. Although we didn't indulge in one of the beers or "Guinness specialties" on the menu, the drinks were certainly tempting. My husband ordered the Irish Smoked Salmon sandwich, and I ordered the Smoked Salmon Salad. We dined on a Sunday, so County Clare offered several brunch entrees and a limited additional menu. Being a non-meat/poultry diner, I had plenty to choose from. There were two other tables seated when we arrived around noon on Sunday. We were promptly greeted and seated. Our diet Coke and iced tea arrived quickly, and our server took our order. Although there weren't many diners at the time, it seemed to take some time for our orders to arrive, at least 15 to 20 minutes. Neither of our entrees came with "pre-lunch" food such as warm bread, so the time seemed to drag. My salad was excellent. It contained three thinly sliced portions of smoked salmon, mixed greens, red onion, grape tomato halves, carrot, croutons (I don't think they were made in-house), a small round of goat cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette. I had to ask our server about the interesting, slightly salty and crunchy items decorating my salad. They were fried capers, and they were interesting and yummy. If there was anything the salad could have used, it would have been an additional slice of smoked salmon. My husband's smoked salmon sandwich was disappointing. It had a wealth of lettuce, onion, tomato and dill sauce, but only one thin slice of smoked salmon on each half of the sandwich. It could have used an additional thin slice on each sandwich half. The sandwich was accompanied by potato salad, and (yes, I sampled my husband's salad) it was flavorful and a great accompaniment. We ended our meal by splitting an order of bread pudding. It arrived steamy hot and topped with a dollop of real whipped cream. It contained plenty of raisins and it featured a sweet and tasty whiskey sauce. It was the perfect way to end our meal. We intend to return to County Clare on an evening when the full menu is served to enjoy some of the additional Irish treats. The menu features a wealth of non-meat items that look interesting and inviting.
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