Eats goes to Molly Flanagan’s in Pass Christian

ALEY TURFITT/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD Owner David Farris said, ‘the whole community is just in love with the place.’

Pass Christian has a new joint in town — Molly Flanagan’s has joined the string of quaint and hip restaurants lining Davis Avenue.

It’s an Irish pub that now serves 14 imported draft beers, with 89 more on the way to take their place behind the brawny bar.

Owner David Farris decided to open the place after tipping his hat to two restaurants in Bay St. Louis.

He’s never owned an Irish restaurant before, but he wanted to try something new. When I asked him why Irish, he replied, “Why not?”

And I have to agree.

My sister and I were joined by her friend Jordyn and as we walked through the corner doors it felt as if our feet were leaving the sidewalks of the Pass and entering the Emerald Isle.

The sounds of pipes, fiddles and flutes filled our ears, the welcome was friendly, the mood was light — oh, and the seats were plaid. I had to restrain myself from dancing a jig right there.

The place is small, with about six tables all centered on the main attraction — the bar. And what’s a pub without some pub grub?

For now, the menu is light and simple “because (they’re) just getting started” so it was easy to select something truly cultural in taste.

I asked for The Reuben Burger ($8.99), which includes an 8 oz. all-beef patty with corned beef, sauerkraut, provolone cheese and Thousand Island dressing. The patty was about an inch think and, served with all the other fixings, it made for at least a 6-inch-tall sandwich. I quickly analyzed my tactics, cut it right down the center and as I held it in my hands I could feel the tasty juices soaked into the fresh bread. Now, I’m not a huge fan of sauerkraut, but this burger definitely changed my mind. It was the perfect medley of meats, cheese and veggies.

My sister ordered the McDermott Burger ($7.99), which features an 8 ounce Guinness-soaked patty topped with grilled onions, provolone cheese and Molly Flanagan’s signature Guinness sauce. She was going to ask for it without onions, but I told her she had to get the real experience. And I didn’t hear any complaints as she tackled it one bite at a time, onions and all.

We both agreed our favorite part of the meal was the home-fried potato chips, which had the perfect amount of crunchiness with just enough pepper and salt that had us sharing around the table.

Jordyn was the purist and asked for the traditional Irish corned beef served over delicious buttery cabbage ($9.95). Topped with a creamy sweet roll, it was more than enough for her dinner.

As we pushed our plates away and wiped our hands, we all agreed our meals were so good we would definitely be going back in the near future.

Owner David Farris said he really wasn’t fully open yet — he has big plans for the future of the pub. But his grand opening was held on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and “the whole community is just in love with the place.”

I asked who Molly was, and he replied they are still searching for her. So if you know her, tell her to stop by.

Source: KALEY TURFITT, sunherald.com

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