Every once in a while Groupon.com offers a discounted dining coupon/”Groupon” for a restaurant that we like or that has received positive comments via social media or the local newspapers. (Yes, we do still get a newspaper!)
So…This is another Groupon.com dining experience in the greater Knoxville Tennessee area…
This is Flaharty’s Irish Pub and Sports Grill on US Highway 411 in Maryville Tennessee. For some reason, the name ‘Flaharty’ is no longer included on the external signing for this establishment or on the menu on its website… Flaharty’s is still printed on the customer’s receipts and its still part of their website address.
The inside looks much the same as it did during our previous visits, although now that it is called a ‘sports bar’, flat screen televisions are mounted all around the dining room and the adjacent bar area. While I preferred this restaurant without the distraction of the TVs, I can understand the need to draw additional customers. There isn’t any business that is tougher to succeed in than restaurant and bar ventures.
This isn’t a great photo but these Irish Corned Beef Bites ($7.99) are our favorite appetizers at Flaharty’s Irish Pub. These little balls of goodness consist of corned beef, Swiss cheese, cream cheese and sauerkraut, all rolled in bread crumbs then deep fried. They are served with a spicy mustard sauce. They are really different than any run-of-the-mill appetizer that one would normally find on a menu.
Other Irish themed appetizers include Mini Boxtys ($7.99), which are Irish potato pancakes topped with your choice of Chicken and Bacon served with a Guinness cheese sauce, or Corned Beef and Cabbage served with stone-ground mustard. For $6.99, there also is the Guinness Cheddar Dip. This is a mound of thinly sliced potato pub chips served with a side of homemade Guinness sharp cheddar cheese sauce.
Laurie ordered this pasta dish from the “Irish Fare” portion of the dinner menu. It is the Irish Vodka Pasta ($8.99). This dish consists of rigatoni pasta sautéed in a marinara sauce with cilantro, cream, parmigiana cheese and vodka. She thought that it was pretty good.
I went for a couple of my favorites…Bangers and Mash! ($9.99) This plate of satisfaction included traditional Dublin-style fresh sausages grilled to a golden brown then served on mashed potatoes and topped with rich Guinness brown gravy. It came with those pieces of dry toast and some nice spicy mustard. I modified this dish just a bit, ordering Colcannon, (mashed potatoes blended with cabbage), instead of the straight and normal mashed potatoes. I really did enjoy my dinner…
The Groupon saved me about $9.00. The other positive was that Laurie had a vodka and tonic for $2.99 and my Miller Lite was only $1.99! We like this restaurant and we have yet another groupon…so we will return to Flaharty’s in the near future!
I guess that I need to go with the change… The Irish Pub and Sports Grill is located at 1720 West Broadway (US Hwy. 411) in Maryville Tennessee. Phone: 865-724-1300. Website: http://www.flahertysirishpub.com/.
Just click on any of the photos if you’re hungry!
Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave