Hours: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: seven days
Open Late: Saturday till 3, other nights till 2
Restaurant and pub in the old Jeweler's Building.
This pub on the first floor of the historic Jeweler's Building looks unassuming from the outside. But the interior is spacious and well-appointed, with plenty of cozy nooks for mellow conversation. As the name would suggest, it bills itself as an Irish pub, and sure enough there are the typical Bennigan's-like gewgaws on the walls. Traditional dishes include shepherd's pie, bangers and mash, and the like. Clearly, though, the kitchen is aiming a little higher. The fish-and-chips were unusual, with a crispy, almost spicy batter. The goat-cheese-and-mushroom quesadillas were a bit drab, but the warm spinach-and-artichoke dip was a hit at our table. And my steak sandwich was among the finest I've ever had: a juicy cut of meat smothered in caramelized onions and blue cheese between thick slices of sourdough--definitely knife-and-fork food. The $11 martini was disappointing; not cold enough and served with plain old pimento olives. But the Smithwick's, served in a frosted pint glass, was aces.
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