Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Irish Times

Whether it’s for a special event like St. Patrick’s Day or a relaxing happy hour with friends, I’ve always been drawn to Irish Pubs.  Miami has its fair share of Irish pubs and I’ve noticed that they all look very similar!  Seriously. it’s like they’re all architecturally schizophrenic.  I tend to notice the difference with the food and service. 

I’ve visited Irish Times just once before, never knowing they had such a tasty burger.  Their potato skins, bangers & mash and sheppard’s pie are all satisfactory and well presented.  They have the best fish and chips I’ve had in Miami, and the beef and Guinness stew is awesome!  I think most people going to an Irish pub might not be too interested in eating so called “real Irish food”, they are there to drink!

One thing I noticed about the menu was that there weren’t many choices for burgers, just one actually.  Besides the sliders, which are delicious by the way, I had the Irish Times burger.  The burger pattie had a great smoked flavor to it and was cooked to a perfect medium-rare.  It came with American bacon, caramelized onions, American cheese and jalapenos.  Any time the pattie is bigger than the bun, it’s a major win in my book!  Big and messy, just how I like it! It took a while for me to finish. The waitress came around to take my plate and I said, “No wait, it’ll be a sin to throw that out!”  I’m not a big fan of their house fries, so I ordered the sweet potato fries to try something new, and they did not disappoint. Good eating is an understatement to say the least.

Our waitress was friendly, courteous, and attentive.  We had our drinks on the table very quickly and the sliders were not far behind. We were there for happy hour and gradually the place starting filling up around 9pm.  She did not skip a beat.  She checked on us quite often and our drinks were always topped off.  Overall, I was satisfied with the service and it was a pleasant experience.

Irish Times has a very good drink menu and I’d recommend this place for happy hour (Monday-Friday 4-7 pm) any day.  I spoke to the GM Billy who was very helpful and reassured me that in just a few weeks they are having a new burger menu coming out, with 6-8 new burgers!  I promised him a return visit for that Guacamole burger he plans on cooking up!

Can wait to get back to Irish Times.  The hospitality I felt throughout the night reassured me of another return!  The Irish Times is located at 5058 Sunset Drive on the corner of 58th court, just a few blocks West of Sunset Place.

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