2 Angry Wives Pub and Eatery

Sunday 20 February, 2022

2 Angry Wives- Rockledge, FL- 3.5 Stars

I sat in my driveway, engine off, and stared dumbfounded at my random name generator. The generator can't be right. It was directing me to the location of Cheer's, one of the Big Boy's first Swill Reports. I checked the internet, and low and behold; there wasn't a fresh new restaurant in that location with a one-of-a-kind name, 2 Angry Wives Pub & Eatery. Hoping they were much better than the previous occupant, I set course for Rockledge, and up north I went. Notice how I didn't say, "I told you so" about Cheers...

If you have been married, you know how scary an angry wife can be, let alone two! I was a bit apprehensive as I opened the door and stepped inside. What greeted me was a well-stocked bar, plenty of beer on tap, and a game of footie on the telly. Yep. This was an Irish pub, all right.

After having been seated and handed a menu, I took a moment to glance around, and I must say, I do like what they've done with the place. It was fresh, new, and gave off a vibrant aura. It wasn't too long before my waitress approached and introduced herself as Ashley. Ashley is another outstanding docent of the dining room and deserves accolades for her job performance. She was knowledgeable, friendly; I was able to answer all of my questions without hesitation. I found the menu to be ambitious and offered lots of fresh takes on old Irish staples. I was certainly intrigued and looking forward to sampling their wares. I asked Ashley if I could get a Scotch Egg along with an order of The Banger Mac and one Holy Trinity (a sample of their Shepherd's Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, and Guinness Pie).

You don't eat your way around the country and achieve your weight without eating a Scotch Egg or four. Sadly, this one was not good. The egg was overcooked to the point of almost being related to a rubber bullet, and the sausage was a load of tosh. As I mentioned, I have eaten my fair share of Scotch Eggs, which is at the bottom of the list.

Moving on to the Holy Trinity (I must say, I love the item names), I found the Shepherd's Pie to be delicate on the palate and not over seasoned, as is often the case with this dish. The Chicken Pot Pie was absolutely out of the world. The crust was buttery, flaky, and delicious, while the inside was creamy with a delectable mix of white and dark meat mingling with a group of vegetables offering a real depth of flavor one rarely finds in a pot pie. However, the Guinness Pie had me gobsmacked as my eyes immediately spotted the Sysco bagged pre-cut mushrooms. It would help if you had fresh mushrooms for the win here; otherwise, it was decent enough. The Guinness did add a layer of flavor heretofore unexplored. I almost failed to mention the freshly brewed ice tea. Yippee! That's how you make tea.

The hero of this meal is the bangers & mac--perfectly cooked rigatoni with a blend of recherche cheeses. The in-house-made bangers were well blended and added great depth to this dish.

If the Scotch Egg had not been so wretched, the score here would have been a solid 4.5. Yes, that's how good the rest of the food tasted.

All in all, I had a pleasant experience, and my foray into their menu was slightly above average. The Big Boy says, "for some ambitious takes on Irish victuals, Bob's your Uncle at 2 Angry Wives."