Week No. 15 Celts Pub
Pronouncing Castlewellen is easy. Pronouncing Celts isn't.
As for Celts, think of it like this: Kelts.
As for Castlewellen, think of it like this: Yummy.
This week's featured burger was massive. Two big patties, two kinds of cheese, Thousand Island dressing, lettuce and onions made up the tall and tasty creation.
I added seasoned waffle fries and, well, didn't need any dinner.
The burger stuck together pretty well, something I feared wouldn't happen when I saw it arrive. And it was good. There was a lot of flavor between those two toasted buns.
Eight burgers are on the menu, including the Bleu Blarney, a third-pound patty topped with bleu cheese crumbles, bacon and cheddar cheese. There's the Jack McCracken, a Cajun-seasoned patty with sauteed onions and pepper jack cheese. The Braeden has bacon, pepper jack cheese and BBQ sauce.
Don't like burgers?
Celts offers a few specialty items, including shepherd's pie (ground beef in gravy, topped with corn and mashed potatoes), and corned beef and cabbage.
Three Star Gazetters ordered BLTs when we were there Friday, and they were all happy, and full, when they left.
Celts also has pasta choices: chicken fettuccini alfredo and Cajun chicken penne are on the menu.
Celts in Hastings opened in August. Brandon Barth is the owner. Donny Kane is the manager.
Barth has two other Celts locations. One is in Inver Grove Heights and the other is in Rosemount.
Celts is located next to Premier Video in the spot formerly occupied by the County Pub and McCabe's.
There is live music on Thursdays. Ladies night is Thursday as well.
What Christina says
Regina Medical Center dietician Christina Gapp looked over Celt's menu and had this to say about healthful options there:
"It doesn't have to be St. Patrick's Day to find some food that originates back to the country of Ireland. Sometimes, we think about the potato as a food the Irish ate when they experienced famine. In Ireland, potatoes are a food classified together with grains, which are the basis of the daily Irish diet. Potatoes are recommended for daily intake ... and I don't mean in the form of french fries, which is typical for potatoes in the American diet.
In fact, a cancer-fighting, medium-sized potato, just 100 calories, provides a great source of vitamin C, fiber (skins on), and potassium, and remains fat and cholesterol-free! Potatoes are also versatile, and at Celts, found in some classic Irish stew, a recipe dating possibly as far back as 300 years ago.
At home, you can mash, bake, or microwave a potato for the star of a meal or as a side dish. At my house, we like to boil them and add to chowder or soup. Try tossing thin potato slices in olive oil and roasting them in the oven. Experiment with different potato varieties. Consider topping a baked potato with plain yogurt and chives, low-fat cheese and broccoli, or chili."
As always, if you have ideas, comments or suggestions about this piece, please let me know. My phone number is 651-437-6153 and my e-mail address is crichardson @hastingsstargazette.com.