It should be well known by now that Kenneally’s serves some of the best pizza in the area, though this might be surprising to the uninitiated, given the setting.
The quality of the pizza begins with the crust, which is thin, crisp and tasty. The cheese and toppings are of high quality, and are not overdone, as these are often so at other pizza places. The toppings include the usual suspects, with at least one twist that is found on the most popular pizza, the Shamrock Special. This is topped with mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and corned beef. As different as it sounds, it works very well. This is the most popular pizza at Kenneally’s.
The hamburgers are excellent. A few souls even believe that these are the real stars of the kitchen. The burgers made with a hand-crafted patty that remains juicy underneath the outer crust, it’s then beautifully assembled. The well-made cold sandwiches include a club, honey baked ham that is baked in-house, turkey, corned beef and a Reuben with corned beef and sauerkraut. The house-made potato chips are also excellent. These are served very fresh, hot, crunchy and with enough grease to be noticeable in the Ship Channel. The potato chips are a nice complement to the burgers and sandwiches and even just a cold Harp lager.
Unusual for most eateries, the fries at Kenneally’s are not pre-cut and frozen, but made on-site. The difference is noticeable, as the fries are quite tasty. The food is very good all around. By the way, the bar is a worthy stop even if you are not planning to stay for dinner, even if the drinks are on the small side. Kenneally’s is representative of two things that the city could use in a greater quantity: excellent pizza and good neighborhood bars (even if the pours could be heartier here).
Kenneally’s Irish Pub is located at 2111 S. Shepherd (between Westheimer and Fairview), Houston, Texas 77019.
Copyright Mike Riccetti. Adapted from Houston Dining on the Cheap, and used with permission.
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