We had lunch at the new Todd English P.U.B. in B’ham at the new Westin — we’ve eaten at a Todd English Olives restaurant before, so were interested to see what this concept would be:
It was like ‘a tale of two restaurants’ one being the bright, pretty raw bar / beverage area, and the other being the dark wood ‘pubby’ look with Guinness paraphernalia and dart boards on the walls. The service was terribly sub-par. Overall the experience was disappointing (and that sad tin of dull tasteless popcorn — what was that?…although our food took so long we both ate it…), but other than the bubble and squeak (which was barely lukewarm and tasted of nothing) the entrees were actually pretty terrific:
And I had the lobster roll, which was fabulous:
I hope they do well, and I hope that all little missteps get worked out quickly, but I can eat lunch from more than one James Beard-recognized restaurant/chef in the area, and for less than here at the P.U.B. Hmmm.