It’s been quite awhile since I last posted about Callahan’s… like, five years actually! The place looks the same once you step inside but now they have a fancier looking menu – one sheet instead of the book they used to have, but with many of the same offerings as before. I visited here last Friday with my friend Laura. We needed a little grub before we could sit down to watch some Downton Abbey! Since I only watch it with Laura, I’m now four episodes behind since I hear the season finale was this week. No spoilers, people.
Callahan’s has a lot of basic American food with a little bit of English/Irish pub grub, like fish and chips, corned beef & cabbage, Irish stew and shepherd’s pie.
I almost got the fish and chips but I doubted I could eat a whole plate on my own and ended up getting a burger.
[classic cheeseburger / $9.59 + bacon ($1 more)]
I wasn’t in the mood for anything really fancy. They serve monstrous 1/2 lb burgers here. This sucker took up HALF of my plate, dear god. The fries here have changed from what they had in the past. Before they were thicker cut, like potato wedges with the skin still on. These are still a little on the thicker side but not as it used to be. They have a crispy coating on the outside that I really like that gives them a little extra crunch.
Hello you massive burger.
I ordered it medium since I figured most places give you medium even if you ask for medium rare, but Laura’s burger ended up being a nice medium rare so I’d order it that way next time. This still had a nice bit of pink and was juicy and flavorful. The cheese could have been melted a little bit more but it was still a good burger. The patty didn’t soak too much into the bun so it kept it’s integrity.
[guacamole pepper jack burger - $10.99]
Laura got the Guacamole Pepper Jack burger, you can see the guacamole peeking out of the side here. Funny thing, they didn’t put any lettuce, tomato or onion on her burger so she asked for it on the side. The menu does actually list it that way – no other toppings – so if you want it so you have to ask for it.
Laura got sweet potato fries for an additional .99 cents. I thought they were okay – I’m not usually really into sweet potato fries, I mostly just like my sweet potatoes baked! They had a nice flavor though with a little sprinkle of salt.
[grasshopper pie - $6.59]
One of the things I’ve always loved at Callahan’s are the desserts… it kind of looks like we just got a bowl of whipped cream and chocolate sauce, doesn’t it?
We took off a few layers of whipped cream to reveal the inside – this HIGH grasshopper pie that’s filled with minty ice cream and paired with a chocolate cookie crust. It’s like eating thin mints to me with that minty good flavor and all of that chocolate. This is probably one of just a handful of instances were I like something mint flavored. I’m pretty sure it has to do with the cookie crust, which I always really like. We honestly could have had another person (or two) with us to help us since this thing was ginormous. We made a good effort and powered through a lot of it and it was so worth it.
The other thing I really love here is the blueberry beer. I didn’t partake this time, but I usually do. It’s a nice crisp, light beer that has the aftertaste of blueberries, which I love. It’s one of the only places I know that has it, so if you’re into that check it out!
Callahan’s continues to be a local Mira Mesa hangout serving up yummy food and providing a fun hangout for the neighborhood.
Callahan’s Pub & Brewery
8111 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92126
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