Step across the pond and into the Emerald Isle, without leaving stateside. Shannon’s Pub (2250 Niagara Falls Blvd., Buffalo, NY 14150, 716-743-9348) serves homemade, dollar-friendly food in a charming pub setting.
Besides the welcoming fresh pints, long oak benches and a fireside hearth, the wait staff is very accommodating to patrons, and regulars. The overall atmosphere is entertaining. Every Wednesday and first Thursday of the month, traditional Irish songs are performed on stage. Hear the fiddles and voices of Dave North Trio, Crikwater and Penny Whiskey, all slated to perform this month.
Shannon’s daily fresh Fish Fry gives an option of Haddock, and beer battered or broiled are not the only options. A crabbed-stuff Haddock (broiled) is a refreshing change. As a side, try the mashed potatoes with extra gravy. Don’t forget the homemade maccaroni salad and ask for extra lemon if ordering the broiled Haddock.
If abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, don’t start with the potato chowder. Although chock-full of vegetables in a creamy broth, it also has bits of bacon.
A pint of Guinness not brought to the table until settled at the bar makes the meal complete.