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October 1, 2009

Written by: Fairfield Weekly

BEST Irish Restaurant

O’Neills Pub & Restaurant

Step into O’Neill’s Pub and Restaurant and you feel as if you’ve stumbled across an alehouse that’s been there for the last century. So, it’s a bit surprising to discover that, though the business itself had a nine-year run at a prior location, it’s been at its North Main Street location for less than a year. But that only means that owner Ollie O’Neill and his staff have been working extra hard to make sure their patrons experience a bit of the Irish brand of hospitality known in Gaelic as “ceoil agus craic,” literally “music and fun.” “If you want a true Irish experience from the minute you come in the door until quitting time, we’re the restaurant to try,” says O’Neill. His beer selection sets the tone by showcasing a lot of Irish suds, including Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and Killian’s. And nestled among the bar menu staples like crab cakes and quesadillas, are traditional dishes such as shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. Perhaps their best food bargain, however, is the Sunday brunch they serve from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. For $19.95, you’re treated to carving, omelet and salad stations, a cold and hot buffet and imported Irish breakfast meats, like rashers and white pudding. The only thing perhaps a wee bit less than Irish about O’Neill’s is that, unlike its counterparts in the Land O’ Erin, it closes its doors on Christmas Day. (That’s the only day though.)

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