Based on reviews by AAA, TripAdvisor and others, we decided to take a time-consuming side trip off the N59 on our way to Clifden. We started off on a bad vibe as a local took exception to where I had parked [properly, in a legal zone] in front of a "locals" bar. My partner had gone ahead to grab a table at O'Dowd's and when I arrived I was informed about the rather surly hostess. Partner had declined the noisy, drafty, high traffic table and opted for a table in a quieter section. When the waitress came we had the impression we were in some sort of "order/eat/and get out as quick as you can" contest.
I had oysters as a starter [after being assured they were fresh, local and in season]. I've eaten oysters from Bellingham to Boston; Newport to Orlando; Lafayette, Ind [really] to Louisiana; and these were the "funkiest" tasting bivalves I've ever had. I had the local Salmon filet to follow and it was an improvement, even if grilled a little to the dry side.
Overall, a disappointingly average food/service experience. The drive on to Clifden was interesting as we competed with the local sheep for road space.
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