On Sunday, Dommy! officially gave up her residency of Long Beach. She handed over the keys and the garage door opener to her old landlord. On the way there after having battled the crowds at Ikea, we went to look for lunch. I though we could get a Grinder @ Busy Bee in San Pedro after reading many raves of the place on Chowhound. Sadly, they were closed on Sunday. So Plan B became Plan A and it was off to the Whale and Ale.
As a Volunteer for the LA Maritime Institute’s Top Sail Schooner program I had been there a few times for gatherings after sails, but Dommy hadn't and she wanted to try the Fish and chips.
For drinks, we started with Snake Bites [Guinness/Cider] The waitress who poured was having trouble with it and the liquids mixed during the pour. But the Guinness was fresh and the Cider was good and we didn't care. For an appetizer, we had the Sausage Rolls, 2 Sausages wrapped in Puff Pastry served with hot Coleman's Mustard. While they tasted great, the Pastry was a tad soggy.
For the Mains, Dommy! had the Fish and Chips. Batter was a Dark Golden Brown and Crispy! Just the way she likes it. :) The Chips were nothing to write home about and the Tarter sauce was a little on the sweet side.
Another star of the meal was the Sheppard's Pie. Ground lamb and prime rib together with peas and gravy topped with whipped mash Potatoes and broiled till crisp. It was well spiced and the Balance was nearly perfect. The gravy needed a little thickener so one would not require a spoon to eat the dish.
Finally for Desert, we shared the Cumberland Sticky Toffee Pudding
with Vanilla Ice Cream. This English style pudding was a perfect end to the meal. It was not overly sweet and the nuttiness of the toffee and caramel came through in the dish.
All told the damage was $54 + tip, and the meal kept us full the rest of the day's Activities and well into the night.
The Whale & Ale
327 W. 7th. Street,
San Pedro, CA. 90731