We had a request this month to send Sherlock Zone to Bennigan's Irish American Grill and Tavern. Every month Sherlock investigates menus that leave Zoners clueless. He always cracks the case.
Don't let the term "Irish" fool you. Bennigan's has a sampling of recipes from around the world, such as an appetizer called Bamboo Chicken and Shrimp, "Bennigan's award-winning Asian favorite," which features three grilled chicken skewers and three jumbo prawn skewers, also grilled. It comes with warm lo mein noodles and a side of spicy Thai peanut sauce for dipping. Obviously, this is an appetizer for two. Go way easy on the noodles. Caribbean Crab Cakes also passed muster. They are spiked with Jamaican Jerk seasoning and grilled, served with "tropical remoulade," whatever that is, and a side of pineapple salsa. Many of the other "pub starters" are rolled in breadcrumbs, fried, and/or battered. Pass on those, Sherlock suggests. Sherlock enjoyed an Ahi Tuna Steak Salad, but left the fried wontons on his plate. There's also a dinner salad topped with seven ounces of salmon fillet. (Women should save some for lunch the next day.) That's roughly the right amount of protein blocks for men.
For vegetarians, Bennigan's can substitute Boca Burgers for all the restaurant's burger selections. Leave one-half of he bun behind. The Boca Burger would probably taste good with their Mushroom Burger, which is topped with sauteed mushrooms, onions and provolone cheese.
Most of the protein at Bennigan's is super sized, as it is in just about all American restaurants. Some of the entries, however, are offered in half sizes. Sherlock got excited until he found out O'Malley's Pork Chops could come to the table in an eight-ounce size, rather than the customary 16-ounce portion. Again, since the average man should be consuming four ounces of pork chops per meal and the average woman should be eating three ounces, there is plenty to take home for lunch the next day. The pork chops come with two sides, and sides at Bennigan's include cole slaw, broccoli, and green beans.
Sherlock finally settled on Chicken Stir-Fry, "a medley of tender chicken and vegetables stir-fried with our tantalizing Asian sauce." It's served over rice, which Sherlock declined. Also good, with adjustments, are the Chicken Platter and Smothered Chicken. Remember, waiters and waitresses will usually comply with a request to hold the starch and bring on extra vegetables.
So Sherlock left Bennigan's, triumphant again, and he had a "doggie bag" for the following day's lunch. If your favorite restaurant leaves you clueless, let us know and we'll send Sherlock Zone to the scene.