The newly opened Kelly's 134 is a friendly neighborhood Irish Tavern in Dennis, formerly the "American Bar and Grill", featuring pub fare and hand crafted cocktails.
The main purpose of a pub (besides offering good beer, of course) is to unite folks of all ages and backgrounds in a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere. This place does just that.
The total renovation with soft pale blue walls, hardwood flooring, a comfortable mix of booths, tables, huge bar and a fireplace that provides the perfect backdrop for young and old to enjoy lunch and dinner.
The menu is similar to their successful sister pub, "Kelly's on Main" in Hyannis, featuring everything from wings, stone oven flatbreads, burgers and sandwiches to full entrees including Shepherd's Pie,chef's selection of steaks, lobster mac 'n cheese and fish and chips to name a few.
Kelly's 134 provides a comfortable atmosphere to eat and drink while watching the live sports action on 22 large TV's or enjoying live entertainment, trivia and keno. The TV's were not intrusive and you can actually hold a conversation at your table.
The pub assembled a cocktail menu with lots of choices including a tasty Cosmo.
Our attentive server, Ally, was pleasant and professional.
For starters my husband ordered The Irish Cigar ($7) appetizer, a crunchy cylinder shaped fried egg roll stuffed with tender corned beef, Gruyere cheese, and sauerkraut served along-side a home made whiskey mustard sauce for dipping.
We shared my appetizer, a large order of the spice rubbed wings & tenders ($15) a smaller order available for ($9). We could choose from various sauces including buffalo, sweet sriracha, Jamaican bacon, mango BBQ, lemon garlic butter, ultimate heat and several others. My choice, the buffalo. The wings had an exceptionally crispy exterior, while the chicken, even on smaller pieces, remained moist.| The house-made blue cheese had a luxurious body that clung nicely to the well-crisped skin. Great appy's!
At this point I needed a power salad ($5), the 1/2 size order serving, which was enough for both of us. It's a great combination of baby kale, shaved brussel sprouts, radicchio, broccoli, toasted almonds, dried cranberries and goat cheese. It was tossed with a flavorful house made white balsamic vinaigrette which balanced out the assertive greens and brussel sprouts in this healthy winter salad.
For an entree I ordered the sweet sriracha glazed salmon ($23) served with scallion rice and the chef's vegetable selection of the day. If you don't like the taste of salmon this sriracha glaze will fix that. The sriracha gives it the perfect kick. I usually order salmon on the rare side so it retained it's juices. The flavors complemented each other perfectly!
My husband had the chicken curry ($18) a traditional Irish dish found in many Irish kitchens with medallions of chicken sautèed in a rich curry sauce with peppers and onions. It was served on half fries and half rice. This mildly spiced curry with a large amount of tasty chicken made this a satisfying complete meal for those who don’t like it too spicy hot.
Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the dessert!
The blueberry and white chocolate cheese cake ($7) topped with whipped cream and fresh blueberry's or the Chocolate torte ($8) with a strawberry drizzle and fluffy whipped cream. It’s rich, yes, and meant to be shared, but it will haunt you for days if you skip these decadent sweets.
Looking at the large crowd on a Tuesday night after the season says something about Chef Will Hughes delicious meals.
We'll be back.
50 Route 134 Dennis