Today we had a taste for Irish food for lunch, so we stopped in at Johnny O’Brian’s Irish Pub and restaurant in Coconut Creek. It’s located on State Rd 7 and Johnson Road in the Publix shopping center. There are some tables outside, but we ventured in. We’ve been here a few times and the service here can be ‘hit or miss’ when you sit at a table, so we sat at the bar. The inside is quite large and looks like your typical ‘Irish Pub’. Dark wood and Irish green all around. They have a modern Jukebox at the front that I believe is Internet based, so you can find almost anything you want to hear.
There were maybe 8-10 people drinking and having lunch and the bartender greeted us right away. She gave us menus and introduced herself to us. This doesn’t seem to happen often and when she asked our names it kind of threw us off. She reached our her hand for a handshake and said “nice to meet you, Mark & Jeff….I’m Brat”. We had a laugh at her name and she joined in and said “well, it’s better than being called the other ‘B’ “.
The beer special today was on domestic beers on tap and we couldn’t pass that up. The beer was cold and served quick. My first sip and I missed my craft beer, but this was lunch and the beer was only $1.69 each (Happy Hour 12PM – 5PM). Brat helped us narrow down our lunch choices on the menu. There were a few specials and they do have a $5.99 daily lunch special list, but we decided to order off of the regular menu. The menu has your Irish favorites like Shepard Pie and Fish ‘n Chips. They had an impressive list of appetizers and we almost ordered the Rueben Egg Rolls. The price for those was a bit steep almost topping $10, so we passed.
I decided on the small portion of Shepard Pie and Jeff went for the Reuben Sandwich with fries. The food didn’t take too long to come out and Brat was attentive through our wait. This is a very ‘locals’ spot and we could tell that everyone else here were regulars.
The food arrived and looked really good. The Shepard Pie was a lot bigger than I thought and was covered in cheese. The bottom layer of gravy, meat, peas and carrots was full of flavor. It wasn’t overly greasy and was a solid version of a Shepard Pie. The layer of mashed potatoes was a little thinner than I’ve had at other places, but the cheese made up for that. Layered on thick it could have been melted just a little bit more to make it a little more gooey. While I did like this dish, I did kind of get to the point where I had enough. Since everything is really the same texture and taste, it gets a little ‘same note’. That’s not the restaurant’s fault though. I ended up getting really full and took half home.
Jeff’s Reuben looked great. The meat was good quality, but could have been grilled or warmed a bit more. The dressing and sauerkraut was not his favorite though and he was mad that he forgot to add the mustard that was brought over. That probably would have tied it all together for him. The fries were hot and ‘fresh cut’. Good fries and not too greasy.
The service was great on this visit and food was good too. It’s probably not our first ‘go-to’ spot for lunch or dinner, but if you are in the mood for a pub atmosphere with a good food selection, you might want to stop in and give them a try. Say ‘Hi’ to Brat for us.