Brazenhead Irish Pub
5650 Tylersville Rd.
Mason, OH 45040
|Hours:||Mon-Thus: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sun: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
|Price Range:||Appetizers: $6-$10
I’m pretty sure there’s something about Mason that detracts all the real Irish people who’d be willing to share their food with the world. I’m not sure why, but there is definitely something going on here.
Which is not to say that Brazenhead is bad, no, it’s not the horrifying experience that Clauddagh has been for so many, but it’s not great either. Brazenhead has an impressive building with nice decor and three floors – a bar in the basement, and then two enormous dining floors. It can get intensely loud on the weekends, but during the weekdays it’s not so bad.
What really kills me though is that there are only a few real Irish dishes on the rather small menu. On this particular Sunday we went and ordered the “Irish Nachos” to start, then ordered the Red Head Reuben and the Bangers and Mash.
As we would discover, Sunday is apparently all-you-can-eat fish and chips day for $10. Seems like a good deal – and the fellow next to us ate 6 baskets worth (and these are huge pieces too.) Excessive portions was something I thought would be a theme as the fish and chips looked huge, and our appetizer was a complete meal for two all on it’s own.
The Irish Nacho’s were alright – the spicy sauce on them was really what I loved though. I think the pictures make it look like someone threw up all over the plate, but it was pretty good (and made me feel like I needed to go work out for two hours.) The chips in the middle were soggy (not so good) but the ones on the outer edges were nice and crispy (good). The toppings were corned beef hash, cheddar jack cheese, green onions, peppers and the garlic sauce.
The Red Head Rueben had more of this tasty sauce with it – meant more for the chips but I dipped the sandwich in it and liked it. The chips were kind of bland but the dip made them much better too. The spicy slaw they use doesn’t taste good on it’s own, but when it has the corned beef and the cheese melted all over it, it tastes pretty good.
The Bangers and Mash were also really good, but you just don’t get enough to justify the high price. It had five halves of boar, venison and pheasant sausages atop a pile of mashed potatoes. For $13, I kind of expected more but my sandwich was bigger than the Bangers and Mash that Adam ordered. For what it’s worth, he enjoyed it, but it just was a disappointingly small portion for the cost and compared to all the other items we’d seen.
For dessert I ordered Creme Brulee – my most favorite dessert ever – while Adam got the Chocolate Bread Pudding. Adam enjoyed his bread pudding, and I thought it was okay. The Creme Brulee however was a complete fail. The top was charred and tasted like the propane used to caramelize the sugar atop it. Once the crust was removed it wasn’t so bad – but there wasn’t much left to enjoy as it was not very deep, just very wide.
It was once we paid that we found out there was a $5 lunch special on weekdays. We returned later in the week to try this lunch special… Well, apparently it’s just one item they decide to be the daily “hey this is $5 today.” And it wasn’t really anything that neither of us wanted, so Adam got a club sandwich and I got the rueben again. The rueben was much soggier this time and colder, and the chips were also rather soggy too. The club Adam had was okay, and was rather huge. The lunch was kind of a disappointment though.
Verdict: It’s Okay
Brazenhead has an impressively large building and decent decor on the interior, but the food is lacking and inconsistent. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, but never great. Unfortunately, it’s hardly real Irish either – the most Irish the menu has on it is the Bangers and Mash and the Shepherds Pie.