In the middle of the day on what must have been Thursday, November 14th, Rob pried me away from my computer and insisted on taking me to lunch. He took full advantage of this opportunity and took me quite far out to Glen Allen, a suburb of Richmond, where he’d heard of this strip mall joint called Hurley’s Tavern that was supposed to be pretty good (http://hurleystavern.com/).
Hurley’s has an extensive menu of bar food classics, not unlike the cheeseburger of Rob’s you see above. I like that all the burgers are served on Texas toast, which is a unique touch compared to most burgers you find around here. The chips were homemade, too.
Speaking of unique, I ordered something that I really only ordered because I had never seen anything like it before, a “baked potato bowl.” I don’t know what I was expecting…I think I had used all my best judgment in my dissertation. But I guess I thought maybe it would be one of their many styles, served atop a bed of baked potato all in a nice bowl? So imagine my surprise when my chicken parmesan bowl shows up in this honker.
That’s right folks, a one pound baked potato just stuffed with breaded chicken, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. Did these flavors go with a baked potato? No. Should I have gone with perhaps the pot roast bowl, or the chili bowl? Yes. But there was no going back.
I wished I had gotten just an order of chicken parmesan on its own, but who gets that at a bar? The chicken was absolutely surrounded by way too much dry, unseasoned baked potato, and it lacked enough sauce to make the whole thing cohesive. So in all, the chicken was good, but my view was better.
I’m not sure we’ll be making it back to Hurley’s any time soon - it’s a bit of a drive for us, and I didn’t love my selection. Which isn’t to say there aren’t other good things on the menu, and it did seem like it could be a fun place to watch a sporting event. But for now, they can keep their stuffed baked potatoes, which are brilliant in theory, not so much in the execution.