Kell Irish Restaurant and Pub Dawn Farley Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub Awards

Portland's most authentic Irish pub, with all that label implies.
Openings: Open Thurs.-Sun.
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, Portland, OR


Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub Restaurant Review:


Beer and camaraderie are a bigger attraction here than food, but chef Dawn Farley, of genuine Irish extraction, is doing her best to build up the culinary side, introducing organic, seasonal cooking and even adding vegetables. Kell's continues to do a creditable job with Irish standards such as sausage rolls, lamb stew, Shepherd's pie, fish ‘n’ chips, and corned beef and cabbage. You may also order a wild mushroom, barley and kale risotto, or "Irish nachos" prepared with potatoes. Weekend morning meals are probably best, especially considering the hearty Irish breakfast with two eggs any way, banger sausages, Irish bacon, grilled soda bread, potato bread, and a roasted tomato. There are also lighter choices such as a cured-salmon plate and spinach salad. Another plus: This is the rare bar that follows European custom by welcoming children, and offers a special, although french fry heavy, children's menu. The bar boasts beer, of course (including Kell's own, brewed at its Northwest branch), and has one of the Northwest's largest selections of single malt Scotches and whiskeys. If you want a puff with your pint, head to the cigar room.

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