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Irish 31

We had dinner over at Westshore Mall with some friends at Irish 31.  It seemed like more bar than restaurant, but the food was very good.  We started out with two appetizers, the guacamole and the boxty.

The chips were homemade, but a little hit or miss on crunchiness.  The boxty had Velveeta, bacon & chives surrounded by mashed potatoes.  They were interesting.  There was nothing left by the time our entrees came out.    Between the four of us, we ordered the shepard’s pie, the chicken pot pie, the ribeye sandwich and the forest mushroom chicken.

Everyone was happy with the food. Good flavors and textures.  I had the chicken pot pie and the puff pastry was so light & fluffy.  And since everything was tasty, we couldn’t pass up dessert.  Our friends got the bread pudding & we got the molten chocolate lava cake.

Again, nothing to complain about here.  The cake was moist with a deep dark chocolate flavor.  We were all stuffed by the time we left.  Our side of the bill was $45 with a drink.

Irish 31
214 Westshore Plaza
Tampa, FL
813- 207-0308

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  • Pub Food

    Still in search of places we haven’t eaten at yet, we headed over to the Peggy O’Neill’s in Oldsmar.  It’s an Irish pub sports bar and I’m pretty sure they had at least one TV tuned to every football game playing today.

    Since we’re not into sports or beer, we were there to try out the food.  We started off with a cup of lobster bisque blessed with sherry.

    Yeah, that’s how the cup looked when it came to the table.  Crusty soup stuck to the inside made me think perhaps  it was placed in a microwave a bit too long.  I didn’t like it.  It tasted more like tomato soup instead of lobster bisque.  It was thick and creamy, but also started to separate a bit as Loren ate it.  The weirdest thing though, was that there was a metallic taste coming off the spoon.

    Loren ordered the French dip sandwich with fries.

    That was one salty sandwich.  He said it was ok.  I’m the one that usually complains about too much salt in things, but when he says something is salty, it really has a lot of salt in it.

    I ordered the Irish stew and a side salad.

    The stew had a really nice overall flavor, but the meat was way too tough for me.  I ate the pototoes and carrots and Loren ate some of the meat.  Some of the beef chunks were less tough than other pieces, but I’m a firm believer that if you’re making stew, it should cook until the meat is tender. 

    Total bill was $26 and I doubt we’d go back.  Granted most sports bars aren’t known for their food, but we had such a great food experience at Grind House, that we were hoping other sports bars were just as good.

    Peggy O’Neill’s Irish Pub & Eatery
    13910 W. Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL

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