This pub on the first floor of the historic Jeweler's Building looks unassuming from the outside. But the interior is spacious and well-appointed, with plenty of cozy nooks for mellow conversation. As the name would suggest, it bills itself as an Irish pub, and sure enough there are the typical Bennigan's-like gewgaws on the walls. Traditional dishes include shepherd's pie, bangers and mash, and the like. Clearly, though, the kitchen is aiming a little higher. The fish-and-chips were unusual, with a crispy, almost spicy batter. The goat-cheese-and-mushroom quesadillas were a bit drab, but the warm spinach-and-artichoke dip was a hit at our table. And my steak sandwich was among the finest I've ever had: a juicy cut of meat smothered in caramelized onions and blue cheese between thick slices of sourdough--definitely knife-and-fork food. The $11 martini was disappointing; not cold enough and served with plain old pimento olives. But the Smithwick's, served in a frosted pint glass, was aces.
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