An Irish bar in a strip mall? Â Sure, why not? Â In Florida, your chances of finding a restaurant outside a strip mall are about as good as your chance of getting somewhere without getting stuck behind a octogenerian going 25 MPH in a 50 zone.
Shindig actually looks authentic, and the place is quite spacious, with tables, a couple of nice round booths and a private room in the back with a big screen TV. Â It looked like there was a crew playing a little poker back there. Â
And I saw all my PSL crew from Tavola Pizza from the previous night, as I guess the regulars make the typical rotation around the 2 good restaurants in PSL. Â The PSL crew seemed like a enterprising group, and the 2 year old they brought to the bar at 11PM really made me think of the kids back home.
The music was the head scratcher of the night. Â We walked in, and there was a Journey tune from 1982 playing. Â Then, the REO Speedwagon. Â And the last straw was "Take My Breath Away" by anyone, anyone? Â Yes, Berlin. Â I got a little emotional thinking about Maverick's motorcycle ride through the desert after Goose's accident. Â But Iceman would have really busted on Maverick for playing that song in an Irish Pub.
After ordering another single malt from their extensive whiskey/scotch menu, I asked the waiter, and they pressed the 90's button, giving me Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, which was back in my comfort zone.
The food was surprisingly excellent. Â Authentic Irish fare -- Shepherd's Pie, Bangers and Mash, Irish Breakfast. Â The Real Lamb Shepherd's Pie was fantastic, and the crew enjoyed all of their meals. Â We followed it up with a little Bread Pudding, which was a dense mass of bread pudding, drenched with that stuff that they put on Cin-a-Bons....finished about half of it, and it....was....awesome....
An Irish pub in a strip mall playing 80's hits with the PSL regulars. Â Doesn't get better than that. Â I'll be back.
The atmosphere was really fun and the wait staff was fantastic!!! This would be a good place to go grab a beer and meet up with friends.
The best part of our meals were the curry fries- (these were quite delish!). Â Everything else was mediocre. Â It served the purpose of filling us up- but neither me nor my co-worker loved the food.