The Black Lab was one of the first jobs I held in my college days, it has a restaurant /pub feel to it. The restaurant opened in the late 1980’s, but before, the building was utilized by a Church for its offices. The place itself is not very big; once you enter the restaurant do not be scared but most new customers jump a bit at the sight of a black Labrador statue that looks real!
The place is not big at all, inside it probably has about 100 seats altogether, but there are also plenty of seats outside, here you will find a life-size chess set, where it is not uncommon to see people play with it. Even though inside you get the real feel of the place with their wooden tables, and chairs. In the middle of the restaurant there is the bar which divides the place and on one side you will find a fireplace and a little living room created around it. All this makes the place have a very cozy feel to it, even if the prices of the place are middle-high.
The restaurant is an English pub, but you will not only find English dishes on the menu but some Tex-Mex too, like their Quesadillas appetizer, a mix of mushroom, cheeses and spinach. Or you can have a great meal with a cup of their delicious baked potato soup, for $4.00 and a plate of steamed mussels in white wine for $11.99. Of course you can also decide to get the mussels as appetizers and share them.
But if you want to try the real English cuisine, then try the traditional fish and chips, or the famous Sheppard’s pie, which is ground meat seasoned with onions, celery and carrots, and for the more adventurous there is the steak and kidney pie, another of England’s staple foods and the Fishcakes, cod filets whipped with mashed potatoes with zesty seasoning. Do not leave with out dessert- their raspberry trifle and bread pudding are just great to end up the meal. Also if you are a wine aficionado, do not forget to ask about their wine list, they do have a wide list of great wines.
The pub gets crowded quickly especially during dinner and the weekends, therefore there may be an average of a 20 minute wait, which you can pass the time at the bar with a pint of Guinness!
The pub is located on 4100 Montrose and the cross street is Richmond, parking in front of the restaurant is hard to find if not to say impossible, but you can also park on the side street or in the garage and the restaurant will validate the ticket. The restaurant is open 7 days a week from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM and Friday and Saturdays until Midnight and serves Brunch on Sunday starting at 11 AM.