.... the Missus and I zipped up to the mall at Turkey Creek today for lunch and a movie.... we had a fine meal at a relatively new place called 'Irish Times' - an Irish-themed pub & restaurant run by a transplanted Dubliner..... the menu was quite refreshing and it was dotted here and there with 'traditional' Irish dishes - bangers & mash, fish & chips, corned beef & cabbage, shepherd's pie, etc.... but as I wasn't feeling all that adventurous after fighting the Knoxville traffic, I settled on a humble cheeseburger..... and I wasn't disappointed....

... but by far and away the BEST part of the meal was the fact that Irish Times carries genuine drunken Irish pub food..... I could hardly believe my eyes when I gave the menu the once-over - and I just had to sample it..... and it was awesome...... but what delectable, mythical, and rare noshable am I fawning over??..... well, boys and girls, they had curried chips!!.... beautifully cooked French fries with a big bowl of curry sauce for dunking them in...... good god, people.... curried chips!...

... as anyone who has spent time in Britain or Ireland will tell you, there is nothing that quite finishes off a night of closing down bars than staggering down a cobblestoned alley clutching a bag of chips that are soaked in a hot, rich, Indian curry sauce..... trust me, folks, I was taught by the best.... and I have had many, many pokes of chips with curry sauce....

.... the only fair substitute would be the greasiest, tastiest char siu chow mein that you could lay your hands on at 2am, but I digress.....

..... so, yes..... I am happy to report that with the arrival of Irish Times on her doorstep, Knoxville has now officially become a Civilized City.... forget hosting the World's Fair back in 1982, forget the Vols winning the National Championship back in 1998.... people of East Tennessee, hear me!..... we now have curried chips!.... hot damn......

by Eric on June 21, 2008 | Bullshit (13) | TrackBack (0) | Ummm, Ok....
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Huh. Who knew? I've been enjoying curried chips at the Kings Head pub near here for years. I just decided one day to order a side of curry sauce for my chips. Nobody told me it was a common thing, I just knew when i saw curry sauce on the menu that I wanted it. Friggin' awesome!

Kings Head is a pretty authentic pub, replete with a double-decker bus and old phone booth out front. It's an institution in this once-British held town.

Best of all, the couple that run the place got divorced, so now her ex opened a darts-n-karaoke pub on the Island. Sweet.

Bullshitted by Joan of Argghh! on June 21, 2008 08:54 PM

.... damn, just another reason that I should live in Florida!...

Bullshitted by Eric on June 21, 2008 09:58 PM

We have a pub that has chips and curry, too. I'm sure it's not authentic, but it sure is tasty.

The barmaid was feeling generous one night and gave us the recipe. We had to cut it down to make family size portions vs. pub portions, but dear sweet lord! It is good eatin'.

I can also whip up a mean Scotch Egg!

Bullshitted by Sugar Britches on June 22, 2008 01:30 AM

Erin go bragh don't ya know ! :-)

Bullshitted by Paul on June 22, 2008 06:17 AM

Move? You're already residing in Heaven, ain'tcha?

Bullshitted by Jean on June 22, 2008 03:21 PM

Yay curried chips! :)

Bullshitted by Richmond on June 22, 2008 03:40 PM

yep, I like curry..did ya ever just put some in ketchup to go on a hotdawg? In Germay they called it currywurst..pretty good

Bullshitted by GUYK on June 22, 2008 07:04 PM

Hmmmm... I'm sure my husband would like them. I'm so not into "hot"... but if Knoxville has a Starbucks, I will agree that they are indeed a Civilized City. ;-)

Bullshitted by Teresa on June 24, 2008 11:01 AM

Alas, the only experience I've had with curry and chips is the taste coming back up,,,not quite as good as the first time around I'm afraid!

Bullshitted by Michele on June 24, 2008 12:01 PM

What movie? Did you like it? Hate it?

Bullshitted by The Maximum Leader on June 25, 2008 10:29 AM

Sad to say I've never heard of them or had the pleasure of trying them.
Eat some more for me!

Bullshitted by Maeve on June 26, 2008 10:58 AM

Curried chips in Knoxville? The Deep South? What is this world coming to? :)

Bullshitted by diamond dave on June 26, 2008 03:48 PM

Hey,'s been five days!!
You ok?

Bullshitted by Jean on June 26, 2008 04:18 PM