I’m not sure exactly why, but the Arena District has never been a regular stop on the workday lunch caravan. We’ll walk past the Arena District to the North Market, or head east to the Flatiron, but we never seem to stop in that little cluster of buildings adjacent to Nationwide Arena, even though we know there are food places back there.
Last week the Jersey Girl and I decided to cross into No Man’s Land. Our destination was the Three-Legged Mare, an Irish pub. It’s been there eight years, located just a few steps away from the Arena, but neither of us had been there – which is kind of embarrassing when you think about it.
I don’t think it will be another eight years until we go back again. The TLM has all of the classic Irish pub woodwork, wall inscriptions, and other trappings — including a sign, below, that made me laugh as we walked out — so it’s a visually interesting setting that has both indoor and outside seating.
We ate at a high top in the bar area and got good service from the bartender. He recommended the corned beef sandwich, shown above, so I owe him a debt of gratitude. It was excellent, with a mound of lean, succulent, juicy corned beef served on a pretzel roll, with just the right amount of fries. The Jersey Girl raved about the beer cheese soup and couldn’t finish her Irish Burger, so she boxed up half of it. The bartender highly recommended that we try some of their traditional pub fare next time, so I guess we’ll just have to go back for the bangers and mash.
Now that we’ve decided to break the barrier and dine in the Arena District, we can do just about anything.