I Satiate a Craving On a Date With My Wife - Fish & Chips!!!!
Thanks to fellow FoodTribers, I needed Fish & Chips!
My beautiful wife and I have been cooped up waaaaayyyyyy too long without a real vacation, like most people on this crazy ass planet. I decided to treat my wife to a day trip as a date, and we pointed the car towards North Georgia to have a fun and relaxing morning followed by a nice lunch in Dahlonega, GA.
We started out our morning with an hour and a half long scenic drive on back roads up to Dahlonega on some nice, winding roads. Once in Dahlonega, we hit the Consolidated Gold Mind for a tour of one of the largest veins of quartz in the world to have been found to contain gold. The tour was a little bit hokey, but we still had a lot of fun and it was interesting hearing about the history of the area and gold mining. We even got to pan for gold! But sadly, we wont be retiring anytime soon, just having panned five little flakes of gold between the two of us.
Will we find gold?
Heading deep underground!
I love this woman! She's even beautiful in a mine!
Gold panning was fun, but I'm not retiring anytime soon!
My wife is a work horse! :D Here she is pushing our future retirement out of the mine, hoping for gold in those rocks!
After our gold mining experience, we shot off into the historic downtown area of Dahlonega where we were able to quickly find a parking spot just off the main town square, right across the street from our lunch destination of Shenanigans Irish Pub. I've eaten at Shenanigans several times in the past, on car club cruises on the mountain roads of North Georgia with my Mustang Club. It was nice getting out there for just a chill day with my wife, and I decided to order something other than the usual.
Usually, if I find myself at an Irish pub, bangers and mash are my go-to, most favorite of pub food. When my parents lived in Doolin, Ireland, I would stop at the pub next to their shop and snag bangers and mash with a Guinness for a late breakfast/early lunch! But recent posts on FoodTribe had me craving some Fish & Chips!!!! So I had to step out of my norm to satiate that craving, and damn! I'm glad I did!
While we waited for our food, we partook in a tradition at Shenanigans that cost us a dollar. The walls are covered in dollar bills that have been drawn on, signed, and otherwise decorated from years of patrons! The walls are actually green with money, and we had to contribute. It was fun leaving our mark on the restaurant, and we'll have to look for our dollar bill on a future return!
We found a little spot above the bathroom door. Ewwwww! HAHAHAHA!
I was a little disappointed when my Fish & Chips arrived at my table and it didn't look like the traditional fair I was used to getting in Ireland and England. There were no mushy peas (a @JohnColeman favorite). There wasn't any curry sauce. It was fish, "chips", and coleslaw. In fact, the waiter confessed that the chips weren't the English chips, but actual American style, restaurant made, conventional potato chips. But, he said he could substitute the real deal "French Fries" without any issues for me. But, the fish had a beautiful batter coating, and the fries (chips!) looked extra crispy and good. Even better, the proper malt vinegar was on the table to round out the appropriate flavors. The fish was excellent; nice and crispy on the outside and delicious and flakey on the inside. The fries were crunchy, and I was glad to have the malt vinegar.
Yay! Fish & Chips!
My wife ordered the Irish Stew - one of her favorites because she loves slow cooked beef and she's always cold! And I have to say, it was pretty damn good! Her bowl of stew had a nice rich, beefy flavor filled with slow cooked, tender morsels of beef. It was a very good stew, and my hat is off to the kitchen crew at Shenanigans for putting together a stew that rivals those I've had in Ireland!
This was a great Irish Stew!
She's happy with hot food!
And to finish off our date in Dahlonega, we walked around the historic town square, and peaked into numerous shops. We ended up buying a bunch of tasty little treats, like caramel apples, peach-moonshine jam, taffy, hot sauce, "turtles" (pecans, caramel, and chocolate!), and vintage candy like Beaman's gum. It was a fun little mini-vacation of a date, and I can't wait for the next one with my beautiful wife! :D