Mr. Donahue’s is a tiny place with a couple 2-top tables and 9 barstools for various counters. There are some outside tables if weather permits. A retro look is accomplished with the tile floor, marble top tables, round stools and the interesting decorations all over, including signs with pictures of the food. The one server was very helpful and nicely opinionated about what to get. Vegetables are all fresh and desserts made in house. Drink options are limited but adequate. They offer a small menu of a main plate with 2 sides and a sauce for $19.99 or a couple sandwiches. There is roast beef after 5:00 pm. This is the second restaurant by the owners with the first being a Michelin starred Thai restaurant. This is just good old American food.
We started by splitting a Crab Imperial which was warm, slightly spicy and full of crab claw meat. It is served in a retro crab shaped container. It was quite good and I liked it as an appetizer rather than a side dish for an entree.
For the Dry Aged Meatloaf we ordered the Momma’s BBQ sauce and sides of Duchess potatoes and Rainbow Chard. The meatloaf was not too bready, very moist and well seasoned. It went well with the BBQ sauce as some was already on the exterior but it also went well with the Cowboy butter. The potatoes were creamy and smooth. The chard was perfectly cooked and served with garlic – really nice. It was a tasty plate.
The Chicken Fried Pork Cheeks were lightly breaded and totally tender. The plate was with Cowboy Butter sauce and sides of Crispy Onions and English Peas. The cheeks also were tasty with the BBQ sauce. The very fresh and sweet peas were topped with a burrata like cheese and sitting in a light vinaigrette. The fried onions were a star, crisp and filled with slightly thick pieces of sweet onions. They were incredible alone or with the nice ranch dressing. Yum here.
For dessert their banana-rum pudding was creamy with soaked wafers on the bottom and toasted wafer crumbs on the top. It was adorned with lots of whipped cream, caramelized banana slices and a cherry. Another YUM here!