The specs: #00915
317 State St., 53703
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JM ate the ham and cheese with a lemonade.
Nichole ate the pizzaburger.
The bill was $11.50, or $6ish/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole gave Irish Pub a C+ (see our grading rubric).
Irish Pub is a cornerstone drinking establishment in the 300 block of State St. Like many State St. watering holes, however, the food here is mostly an afterthought - trucked in to keep the students/yuppies from going elsewhere first. Irish Pub, however, hardly succeeds at even this.
JM's ham and cheese was served warm with a toasted bun but it never really got around to tasting very good. A square of American gel cheese on some ham that had been pressed into service is not the way to reward yourself after a long day of work on a bike ride home.
Similarly, Nichole's pizza burger was all molten cheese and meat grease inside which is just as it should be; but another slice of cheese on top was over the top. The burger came with a side of rich, deep red marinara.
The side of chips were decidedly meh and there were no homemade soups (which may be a lunch thing... so you may want to try Irish Pub for lunch instead.) The menu is short, but as we had much of it, Irish Pub may have you wishing for somewhere else.
PS: The men's bathroom here is comical. If someone pushes the door open even to half open, anyone using the urinal would receive a swift spanking. The 'stall' has western doors that swing both ways and there seems to be a seat outcropping if you and a friend need to have a conference in there. Then sink is about half the size of a regular one; the whole thing is comically small.