It's been almost a year since I've gone back to this pub, but from the moment I stepped in the memories were revived. the wood paneling, the just lit enough ambiance, and the burger...this has to be the ultimate burger, and the perfect hangover cure. I've been under the illusion that St. John's in Sunnyvale (I live in the south bay so this is closer) was a satisfying replacement, but oh I was so wrong. St. John's holds its own with their prefectly grilled burgers, thick cut bacon, crumbled blue cheese, and fresh baked buns...however the Chieftain Cheeseburger is what legends are made out of.
It starts off as a innocent looking $8 burger. Bun, Patty, Cheddar Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Sliced Onions. Then you add the extras. You have to order this burger with EVERYTHING, yes that means the fried egg as well. Layer up on layer of decadence. Fried Egg, Sauteed Mushrooms, Carmelized Onions, Crumbled Blu Cheese, Smoked Bacon, and a optional second patty. Scrumptious.
Words are simply not enough, and i can't figure out how to post a picture here, so the pictures are here.
served with a side of thick cut fries, drizzle with malt vinegar and you have real pub food.
I love this place. But then again I go with the Irish breakfast, the bangers and mash, the corned beef hash, the burger, the cottage pie and the vegetable pie everytime. I tend to stay away from the California/ American items. Plus, they pour a great Guiness. My Irish friends like it as well.
Thanks for pointing out what might be THE good dish to order at the Chieftan. The few mentions it had on the board were more negative than positive. Almost every place has at least ONE good dish.
The fish and chips do get some favorable mentions though. I liked your picture of the fries. Steakhouse cut are my preference. Looking at the menu they have daily specials. I am guessing this is not the place to order the cioppino ... it would never occur to me to me that they would even serve cioppino.
Seems like they are serving an Irish breakfast on Sunday.
Anyone else have any Chieftan experiences?
Not the shepards pie though