I have this thing about accents and idioms.
Barely into the first week I lived in Mississippi, for example, I started saying “Y'all” even though I had never addressed a group that way in my life.
Then for a week after I saw “Angela's Ashes,” I was talking to everyone in an Irish brogue: “Frankie, fetch your Uncle Pa a pint” and “Did dad drink the dole money again?” — you know, common, everyday sayings.
That voice sneaked back into my brain this morning while I ate breakfast at Dickie O'Neal's Irish Pub in Palm Springs.
Never mind that I ordered a Mexican-style burrito — lass, don't you know a glob of guacamole is just a wee bit o' heaven with yer eggs?
At $5.95, the burrito is a great deal. It's huge, stuffed fat with scrambled eggs, onions, red and green peppers, cheese and cubes of ham all wrapped in an oversized, spinach-flavored tortilla.
It came with generous dollops of sour cream and guacamole, a small cup of spicy salsa, plus a refreshing side of chilled, fresh fruit salad with watermelon, honeydew, pineapple, cantaloupe and grapes.
Other breakfast options (although you can order any menu item at any time of the day) include corned beef hash plus two eggs and toast for $6.95, several omelets, hotcakes and oatmeal.
Sandwiches start at $4.95 for a hot dog and side; burgers start at $7.95. Brick-oven pizzas are offered starting at $7.95 for a 10-inch cheese; 12-inch pies go for $9.95.
Entrees are especially reasonable: a 10-ounce sirloin with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables is $8.95, while shrimp scampi with pasta and vegetables will set you back $10.95. Got a gang to feed? Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. is family night, with an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, which includes meatball, garlic bread and salad, for $6.95.
It wouldn't be an Irish pub without Irish fare, now, would it? Enjoy corned beef and cabbage with all the fixings for $8.95; fish and chips, shepherd's pie or bangers and mash, each $11.95.
And since this is a bar, drink specials are offered, too, including a $2 bloody Mary from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily. On Saturdays and Sundays, get a whole bottle of champagne with orange juice for $12.95.
Dickie O'Neal's is an intimate but surprisingly spacious mix of booths, leather benches and wooden tables and chairs, all done up with green accents, even down to the paper napkins. Walls are green, too, decorated with pub signs and cartoon pictures of a smiling, red-bearded leprechaun.
It would be a fun place to hang out with friends, listen to music, play trivia and gobble up some good grub — and that's no blarney. (Come on, you knew that one was coming!)