Food & Drink

A touch of Ireland and Louisiana on South Pearl

It's hard to find good food in an Irish pub, and not just because those places are so ill lit. For one with dishes so beautiful you'll want a bring flashlight, check out Finley's Pub

Named for fleetingly great Irish small forward Michael Finley the co-owner's family from the old country, Finley's provides South Pearl St with craft beers and "upscale pub food" with a New Orleans twist (their chef is from down south); and while most pubs in Dublin don't have a mountain theme, this one's got skis and peak photos above its handmade hickory bar. The Louisiana influence is evident in Cajun tots/ tasso Creolaise and the more-filling black tiger shrimp & grits with Irish cheddar; then there're fresh takes on more traditional dishes like Shepherd's pie croquettes slathered in Guinness gravy, Atlantic salmon fish 'n chips with fennel apple slaw, and a braised short rib/ chopped sirloin burger topped with applewood-smoked bacon and Bearnaise, which is not, in fact, Flonase for highly allergic bears. The bar's got a smart selection of eight rotating taps, starting with beer-lover faves like West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing and Odell's St. Lupulin summer ale, plus there's the requisite Guinness on tap, and Harp, McSorley's, and Smithwick's all bottled up, unlike you after enjoying said beers

For those who can't clog their arteries fast enough, there's also a lump crab mac & cheese made with mascarpone and smoked gouda -- eat enough, and you'll be super easy to find.