Before hiking the Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls, I made sure to pack an extra bottle of water and a pocket knife. Because if James Franco taught us anything in “127 Hours,” it’s that you can never bring too much water, and a knife can come in handy when it’s necessary to cut off your own arm.
Didn’t need either, thankfully. My friends Gary, Fred and I made it through unscathed, only stopping to take in the beautiful views.
Afterwards, we’d worked up quite an appetite and headed to the Irish Inn at Glen Echo. This is the pub area of the restaurant.
Fred ordered a lamb burger with goat cheese. Gary and I dove into the stick-to-your-ribs staple, Shepherd’s Pie.
An excellent Shepherd’s Pie, albeit on the smaller side. Probably enough for most people, but we were really hungry. If I could have licked the cast iron dish, I would have.
I liked the Irish Inn; it’s casual and cozy, with Guinness on tap, regulars sitting at the bar and a menu of Irish pub comfort food. Just the sort of place to hit up after surviving the Billy Goat Trail.
6119 Tulane Ave.
Glen Echo, MD