After a long full day of volleyball, the Dining Diva was ready to call it a day, but I was ready to eat. So while she relaxed in the hotel room, I set out to find some place nearby where I could grab a quick bite and have something to take back to the room for her. Thanks to a quick UrbanSpoon search, I landed on McGlinn’s Public House; less than five minutes away by foot.
I walked through downtown Wenatchee which is a nice little downtown full of shops and a few restaurants. In a way it reminded me of downtown Cheyenne, just a little more Northwest (I’m not going to find a place that sells Stand-Up Paddleboards in Wyoming). I walked into McGlinn’s and saw mostly what I was expecting from a bar perspective; a bar with dark wood, plenty of seating, low ambient noise. But with a name like McGlinn’s, I was expecting something a little more Irish…flags, TVs, Guinness. Yeah, it’s a little stereotypical, I know. I took a seat at the bar and ordered a Widmer Hef…one of my favorite Northwest summer beers.
As I was looking through the menu, I remembered what I’d seen from the posts on Urbanspoon; the thing to try at McGlinn’s was the pizza, believe it or not. So, I decided to just go with it, and ordered a BBQ chicken pizza. And for good measure I added some JoJos (not knowing what JoJos were) based on the recommendations of the posters. It was kind of nice not having to think about what to order. And if I didn’t like it, I could just blame the UrbanSpoon commenters.
After about 5 minutes, or half a beer, both the JoJos and the pizza showed up at the same time. Turns out JoJos are lightly seasoned potato wedges that are cooked in the wood burning oven. They were pretty good, actually. A nice little crunch, and just a hint of salty flavor. I dipped them in some ranch dressing and had about a half dozen before I turned to the pizza. This was my first pizza since returning to Italy, so naturally I was a little skeptical. The best thing about the pizza is it didn’t try and be anything other than just flavorful pizza. They made their own whole wheat dough which was the perfect vehicle for the toppings. The chicken was nicely cooked, and accompanied by bacon, red onion and cilantro. All of this was topped by a nice sweet barbeque sauce; one that definitely seemed to be highlight by brown sugar and molasses. Kind of like what I want mine to be, but without the spice that I’m looking for.
I ate about half the pizza and most of the JoJos before I headed out with a corn, curry chowder in my hands for the Dining Diva. I enjoyed my dinner, and was glad that I went with the pizza as recommended. I would have liked to see maybe a little thinner crust that was a little crispier, but it definitely had good flavors. With the JoJos, maybe just a little more consistency; some were crunchy and seasoned great, others were a little bland or a little under cooked. And apparently the soup was really good as well! It was a good dinner all around.