The owners, who have backgrounds in the club business, had the cement awnings painted Erin green, and they added wood-grain signs with the new name. Inside, the place got updated plumbing, but it looks pretty much the same. Flat-screen TVs are mounted all around, which is a nice addition. Even at one of the bar’s little two-person confessionals, we could watch the Rangers game Wednesday night.
There were at least five or six bartenders and waiters working Wednesday, in all-black uniforms with vests, and the bar at the back of the pub was open too. It is a cavernous space, and it’s evident that the owners envision the place packed.
Here’s the best news: the food at Molly Maguire’s is pretty, pretty good. The quasi-Irish menu includes shepherd’s pie, lamb chop “lollipops” and other pub fare. Plus, there’s the Sunday-football-crowd-pleasing stuff like spinach-and-artichoke dip and nachos.
We started with warm cabbage salad, which was sweet and tart, cooked with stewed pears and crispy red cabbage ($7). I would order it again. My friend tried the Guinness chicken wings ($9) on the bartender’s recommendation, even though that’s not something he normally would order. These wings were not eye-watering spicy, and they didn’t leave orange stuff on our fingers. They were braised to juicy perfection, and we couldn’t stop eating them.
I ordered the standard, fish-and-chips ($12), even though on the menu, it’s called “whale and chips”. When it arrived, I said, “Oh! That’s why it’s called ‘whale and chips.'” It was half a whole fish, which tasted fresh in its light, crispy batter. Fried fish doesn’t get much better, and it’s enough food for two people. I ordered mine with sweet-potato fries, which were thin and crispy. My friend ordered the salmon ($14), which is served atop potatoes and artichokes, and he devoured it. All together, with a couple of Guinness pints, it was not a cheap meal. But we’ll be back.
Molly Maguire’s serves lunch every day, and they’re open until 2 a.m.
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