Wednesday, April 4, 2012

IRISH

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Blackthorn Pub & Grill

750 N. Jefferson St.

The Blackthorn is an urbane Irish pub with an uncluttered interior. The point is to order Guinness or perhaps to try some of the pub fare. Mussels have a saffron cream sauce, the Irish stew is meaty and has a rich sauce. The fare is casual – think burgers, sandwiches, salads and a few seafood items. This is an ideal starting or finishing point for a pub crawl. There are dozens of other establishments within a few blocks distance. (J.B.) $-$$. CC. RS. OD. FB. FF. LT. Handicap access. (414) 837-5511

Brocach Irish Pub and Restaurant

1850 N. Water St.

For the look and feel of an Irish pub there is little competition for the two-leveled Brocach. Beer flows freely form the taps and the interior always feels warm and cozy. There also is a substantial menu of things Irish, Scottish and beyond. A traditional Irish stew has lamb with beef, wild Alaskan salmon is accompanied with lemon herb couscous and the New York strip steak with Cashel blue cheese butter. (J.B.) $$-$$$. CC. FF. SB. FB. Handicap access. 431-9009

County Clare

1234 N. Astor St.

County Clare is an inn with a pub and restaurant capturing the charm of Ireland. The many beers include delights such as Wexford cream ale. The menu features that Irish-American staple of corned beef. Look to the seafood for more varied flavors of the Emerald Isle, including steamed mussels and excellent smoked salmon. The menu is affordable and the setting pleasant. (J.B.) $$. CC. OD, FB. Handicap access. 272-5273

Lucky's Irish Pub & Grill

789 W. Layton Ave.

Located in a one-time Sizzler's, Lucky's makes better use of the building's large kitchen. The menu roams far from the Emerald Isle with pizzas, salads, homemade appetizers (including mozzarella sticks) and hand-cut French fries but includes such Irish favorites as shepherd's pie, fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage. (E.R.) $. CC. FB. (414) 744-9999.

Mo's Irish Pub

142 W. Wisconsin Ave., 272-0721

10842 W. Bluemound Road, 774-9782

In the mood for a pint of Guinness? Have it with steamed mussels or perhaps a corned beef sandwich at this very authentic Irish pub. And perhaps a nip of Irish whiskey for dessert. The menu is filled with Irish standards. Of special note are a tasty beef stew and a classic shepherd's pie. Boxties, huge Irish potato pancakes, are the house specialty.  (J.B.) $$ CC. FB, FF. Handicap access.

Mulligan's Irish Pub & Grill

8933 S. 27th St.

The corned beef is lean and tasty, the lamb stew is tender and the fish & chips have a fine beer batter. The setting is casual with a bar room more pleasant than the dining room—more windows. Not all is Irish here. There are burgers, steak sandwiches and pizzas for lighter fare, and entrees like rotisserie chicken and a strip steak. Prices are moderate, even the steak under $20. The pub is a good distance from downtown Milwaukee but just a short distance from I-94. Enjoy a black & tan. (J.B.) $-$$. FB. CC. Handicap access. 304-0300

Trinity Three Irish Pubs

125 E. Juneau Ave.

Trinity is a trio of interconnected Irish pubs, each with its own character. There are dark wooden booths and abundant stained glass at Foy's, a whimsical outdoor dining terrace at Gallagher's and the cozy warmth of Duffy's. The menu is the same at all with Irish specialties like stew, tenderloin tips and some creative Irish nachos. Servings tend to be plentiful and the prices moderate.  (J.B.) $$. CC. LT.FF. SB. FB. OD. Handicap access. 278-7033