The Black Raven
Tucked away in a shopping plaza in Choctaw, The Black Raven is a traditional Irish pub that is all about great food and Celtic tunes. On Saturday evening, I went with family to try out the place and listen to one of their regular bands, The Flowers of Edinburgh, because of a referral from one them. Between the five of us, we ate a little bit of everything and enjoyed it all.
For appetizers, we sampled the Celtic Rings, a pile of lightly seasoned sweet onions and fried to a crisp; and the Guinness Chips, Irish chips (potato wedges) covered in Guinness Cheddar. Using a knife and fork felt appropriate for the thick and gooey Guinness Chips. Both were devoured.
I personally ordered the Black Mist Burger, because corn beef is not something I see on burgers. The Black Mist Burger starts the same as their Raven Burger with a hearty beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles on a buttery, toasted sourdough bun, but adds their Guinness cheddar and corned beef. The burger itself was amazing and it also came with their Irish chips.
Another unique burger on their menu was the Bang’n Burger, which is topped with a split Irish banger, shepherd pie filling, and cheddar cheese.
The other sandwich the pub is known for is their Black Raven Reuben. This thinly sliced corned beef topped is with melted Swiss cheese and sauerkraut on a marbled rye. This too was liked by everyone.
Being an Irish pub, it’s no surprise they had an amazing Shepherd Pie. The pork and ground beef were tenderized and simmered with vegetables and topped with cheddar mashed potatoes.
As for dessert, we got everything – their Irish Bread Pudding with Irish Whiskey Caramel Sauce, Guinness Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Ganache, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Irish Whiskey Caramel Sauce, and dessert of the month, Peach Swirl Cheesecake – and it was good. We did set aside a portion of meals for leftovers to try the desserts or else we wouldn’t have made it that far.
That was our visit to The Black Raven in Choctaw. The band was great. The atmosphere was warm, complete with several toasts throughout the night. We all enjoyed our time there and plan to visit again to try some of their other offerings.