Okay not the best picture, but thought the fairest way to represent restaurants in this blog might be using outside shots from google images. This one of the places that Lesley and I wanted to visit since we moved to Jacksonville. We had seen Culhane’s Irish Pub on Diners Drive-ins, and Dives. I wonder if restaurenteers ever turn down old greasy beard? I think I would, but probably would not. I guess most restaurant owners are the extroverted type on some level. Also our neighbor meets his pipe team there on weekends.
Anyway, after a saturday afternoon of driving in the beaches area getting mother day gifts in a row, we stopped in for dinner. The best thing about the place became immediately apparent. From the picture above, you can see that Cullhane’s is located in a strip mall. What is great is once that you step in the door you feel that you are in a unique space. It has great oak walls and tall booths. To one side of the building is a bar with live music. This was nice because the music was not intrusive and provided some good background noise.
The food was good although not overwhelming. We loved our sausage roll appetizer which came with a great dipping sauce. Lesley thought it was a mix of mustard, mayo and some curry. My fish and chips were good with crispy steak fries and a nice light batter on the cod. Lesley loved the taste of her Guinness beef stew. Unfortunately, we both thought the amount of meat in the stew was a bit lacking.
Finally, we come to the issue of service. Our service started strong with a friendly attentive waitress. Unfortunately, she became less visible as the night progressed. We had to wait a rather long time for our check which Lesley and I agreed is the worst thing to wait for at a restaurant. All in all, Culhane’s offered an enjoyable Saturday night dining experience. As Lesley and I walked towards our car across the parking lot, I was already thinking about the lamb sliders I would be having next time we were in the beaches area.