2005-09-22 / Restaurant of the Week

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day At Shannon Pot

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, when everyone is Irish and proudly wears a bit of green, and one of the best places we know of to celebrate tonight is the Shannon Pot, a friendly pub in Long Island City that has been featured in several episodes of the hit TV show, “Third Watch.” There’s plenty of Irish music and merriment, accompanied by pints of specially brewed Shannon Ale, Guinness, McSorley’s Ale and more. All favorite cocktails are mixed by the friendly bar maid and Shannon Pot even has a nice selection of wines. Seven days a week, a consistent crowd stops in at lunch or dinnertime for juicy burgers, great sandwiches and salads, and a variety of entrees. The kitchen, where chef Salah presides, turns out everything from classic Irish dishes to continental cuisine, all served by Maureen, Martin and the rest of the friendly crew.

For an appetizer, we shared a plate of real Irish bangers, juicy and lean veal sausages that were grilled till golden brown. The accompanying mustard lent a spicy edge that really complemented the meaty flavor of the bangers. Grilled Portobello mushrooms are sliced and served on a bed of baby greens tossed with chunks of aged stilton cheese, walnuts and balsamic dressing. There are also buffalo wings, spicy Italian sausage and baked clams to choose from. Homemade Irish potato soup gets its flavor from hickory bacon ($2.75). You can also start with the Shannon Pot salad.

The entrees include such Irish favorites as tender and lean corned beef and cabbage or classic fish and chips ($9.25). Shepherd’s pie made with chunks of beef in gravy and topped with creamy mashed potatoes is baked and served in a crock. Homemade chicken potpie topped with a flaky, pastry crust is just $8.95. Bangers and mash (mashed potatoes) is another favorite. Don’t forget to order a side dish of Shannon Pot’s famous Irish baked beans with smoked bacon.

Grilled pork chops are thick and juicy, served with vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes. The spicy chicken and vegetable curry, served in a clay pot and accompanied by homemade bread, is quite popular. The cooked-to-order, 12-ounce New York strip steak is enhanced by Irish steak sauce ($11.95). Daily specials can include fresh fish dishes such as broiled flounder, Atlantic salmon or tuna. Linguine with garlic and oil is tossed with choice of shrimp or chunks of Cajun style chicken for a hearty meal.

Shannon Pot makes great burgers and you can order them for lunch, dinner or at the bar. The Shannon Pot burger is topped with mushrooms, onions, cheddar and Irish bacon and served on a big bun with French fries and pickles. Cajun burgers or barbecue burgers also merit a try. The generously sized Reuben sandwich is a classic, as is the steak sandwich with sautéed onions, served on garlic bread. A turkey club with cheddar is great, too.

Shannon Pot opened some six years ago and is conveniently located at the 45th Road-Courthouse Square station of the Number 7 train, in the shadow of the Citicorp building on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City. It’s open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to the wee hours. Shannon Pot is also proud to sponsor fund drives for the Leukemia Foundation. They have successfully raised thousands of dollars to help fight this deadly disease. Give them a call or stop by for a pint to find out more about their golf outing this May.

It’s Shannon Pot for good beer, good food and good times, on St. Patrick’s Day or any time.

Shannon Pot

22-52 Jackson Ave.

Long Island City


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