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Clown Shoes Beer Dinner at O’Niell’s Heights

We are having some real fun with the next beer dinner and teaming up with Clown Shoes Brewing! Join us for an evening of delicious food and awesome brews! It’s one you wont want to miss, because who wouldn’t want to try beer with names like Space Cake and Chocolate Sombrero?

Email Jonathan@oniells.com for reservations.

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Jeffrey Trent – “The Culinary Master”

Jeffrey Trent, the most down to earth chef around!  He’s known around here as the Kitchen Manager of the Juan Tabo location.  His expertise and direction keeps the kitchen running smoothly and he definitely knows how to roll out one delicious dish after the next!  Read on to get to know the guy who keeps those bellies happy.

When did you realize the Culinary Arts was your professional passion?
“When I saw that I could envision flavor profiles in my head and execute them almost exactly. Then what was ‘just a job’ while I was in college became the craft I was enamoured with.”

Have you ever cooked for anyone famous?
“Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, former Governor Bill Richardson and other state governors, the cast and creators of Breaking Bad, Lajon Witherspoon, Vince Hornsby, and Morgan Rose of Sevendust.  My honored favorites were Lemmy, Phil, and Mikkey of the all powerful Motorhead!”

What do you think would surprise most people about O’Niell’s Kitchen?
“That we are as much of a scratch kitchen as we are.  Also, our approach to ‘Pub Fare’ is almost identical to the mindset of fine dining. Once the bar is set, we never lower our standards and deliver consistency to our guests.”

What menu item do you wish more people would try?
“Chicken and Waffles. We have a spin on it I feel is fairly unique!”

How do you come up with new special dishes everyday?
“I look at seasonal flavor profiles and try to offer different items that you wouldn’t see in a pub setting. Like, falafel, tapanade, etc.”

What’s your guilty pleasure when dining?
“Duck or Risotto.  If it’s there, I’m ordering it!”

What music is playing in your kitchen?
Depending on the day we have everything from Tejano and Spanish regional music to Rock and Metal like Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains, and Metallica.  A wide range really.  No one owns the stereo here.”

Jeff our Kitchen Manager

Leo a.k.a The Beer Guy

O’Niell’s is made up of a variety of characters, and if anyone knows about beer its this guy! He loves a good beer, be it local, national, or global.  He’s been our beer connoisseur since 2006, more formerly known around here as our Site Manager.   Leo’s a special kind of guy so we thought we’d share him with the world by asking him a series of questions.

What brand of beer would everyone be surprised that you enjoy?
I love american lager! Coors OG is probably my favorite, but I drink them all. It’s funny how you start out drinking American lager in high school – you know, get someone’s big brother to pull-out. Then you go to college and get all sophisticated with a 6-pack of craft beer you know nothing about. Now, 20 years down the road, just give me a good clean beer that is the same beer every time. People should appreciate American Lager more.

What’s your favorite item on O’Niell’s food menu?
That’s a hard one. My first love was the garden burger because I was vegetarian for 10 years – I prefer it black and blue style with yellow mustard. Then I left the garden burger and found the turkey jack. burger – I like to add green chile – the saltiness of the blue cheese works great with the sweetness of green chile and heat from the cajun spice. The french dip is great too! Sometimes I like to get it with a side of onion rings and blue cheese dressing. Its fun to take a bite out of an onion ring and then scoop it into the au jus, filling the onion ring with au jus and then gently dipping it into blue cheese dressing. I’ve been eating at O’Niell’s 5 times a week for 10 years.

Can you pair beer with food like you would with wine?
Beer pairs great with food. A lot of people will go as far as to say that beer pairs with food much better than wine, for two reasons. The first being that beer actually has flavors from caramelization that occur during the brewing process – these caramelized flavors are all over the cooked food we love, so its naturally a good pairing. Wine does not contain these caramelized flavors. The second reason beer may be optimal for food pairing is that it is carbonated. Those little “scrubby bubbles” help to cleanse your palate between bites of food.

What beer do you carry that almost no one has heard of that they should be drinking?
We always have Orval. It is always good. Everyone should try that beer, and while you are enjoying it, ask our bartender to look at a copy of Garrett Oliver’s book titled “Beer” – the story of Orval is in the book. We keep the book behind our bar so guests and staff can reference it and read about the beer they drinking.

What caused the explosion of beer choices in the past few years?
It started in the late 70′s and early 80′s when President Carter signed a bill that legalized home brewing. Home brewers started brewing at home and then lobbied their state governments to legalize brew pubs. Breweries began to pop up all across the country and demand for these beers began to grow. I’ve heard that currently 1.9 craft breweries opens per day in the US. An interesting fact is we had more breweries in the US in the late 1800′s before prohibition began. We are getting close to breaking that record soon.

 

Leo Dextor, The Beer Guy

 

St. Patrick’s Day Events 2016

O’Niell’s Nob Hill
Saturday, March 12th
Shamrock Fest 2016 11 am – 6 pm @ Albuquerque Balloon Museum
 
Sunday, March 13th
Tir Conaill Irish Step Dancers 11 am
High Desert Pipes and Drums  2 pm 
St. Patrick’s Day Pet Parade Photo Shoot 1 pm – 3 pm
Live Music by Rye Creek 4 pm 
 
Monday, March 14th
High Desert Pipes and Drums 8 pm 
 
Tuesday, March 15th 
Tir Conaill Irish Step Dancers 5 pm 
High Desert Pipes and Drums 7 pm 
 
Wednesday, March 16th 
High Desert Pipes and Drums at 7 pm 
 
Thursday, March 17th – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
*O’Niell’s will open at 10 am 
High Desert Pipes and Drums  2 pm and 7 pm 
 
 
O’Niell’s Heights
Saturday, March 12th
Shamrock Fest 2016 11 am – 6 pm @ Albuquerque Balloon Museum
 
Sunday, March 13th
Tir Conaill Irish Step Dancers 3 pm 
Live Music by Watermelon Mountain Jug Band 4 pm 
High Desert Pipes and Drums 7:30 pm 
 
Monday, March 14th
High Desert Pipes and Drums 7 pm 
 
Tuesday, March 15th
Tir Conaill Irish Step Dancers 4 pm 
High Desert Pipes and Drums 6 pm 
 
Wednesday, March 16th 
High Desert Pipes and Drums 8 pm 
 
Thursday, March 17th - Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
*O’Niell’s will open at 10 am 
High Desert Pipes and Drums at 1 pm and 8 pm 
 
Please be aware on March 17th no minors will be allowed after 6:00 pm at both locations. We thank you for you understanding!

 

Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve we will open at 11am.

Christmas Day we will be closed all day.

New Years Eve will be open from 11am-1am

and New Years Day we will open at 1pm.

Safe a Happy Holidays!!

 

 

Ring in the new year with O’Niell’s!

Start off your New Year’s Eve celebration right at O’Niell’s with our
annual Dublin Toast.
Come by either location on December 31st at 5pm Albuquerque-time (midnight Dublin-time, that is) for great drink specials, the Tir Conaill Dancers Step Dancers and the High Desert Pipes and Drums!unnamed