101 Concepts favors comfort food served in substantial portions, and most dishes at Meehan’s offer good bang for the buck.
Fun, easy to share bar snacks include fried pickles with ranch dressing ($7), crispy salt and vinegar potato chips packed in a paper sack ($4), and pretzels with spicy mustard and queso dip ($7).
Other starters, such as ahi tuna tostadas ($12) or buttermilk fried chicken tenders ($8), are more substantial. In fact, the fish tacos, served three to a plate, are nearly enough for a meal. The tasty Irish-Mexican mash-up features a healthy hunks of Guinness-battered cod nestled in flour tortillas, with shredded lettuce and a spicy combo of pico de gallo, chipotle sauce and lime-cilantro sour cream.
Burgers and entrees
Among several big burgers, the Farmstead ($12) is made with ground bison and topped with a fried egg, cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato.
Entrees include shepherd’s pie ($12), layered with organic beef, vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy. In addition to the all day Irish breakfast, the “Big Lebowski” is a hearty, breakfast anytime melange of eggs, bangers, ham and hash browns in a skillet.
During a recent visit, the Guinness-braised organic short rib was a hefty piece of boneless beef surrounded by creamy mashed potatoes and buttery sauteed spinach. Unfortunately, the relatively lean meat wasn’t cooked long enough to be anywhere near fork tender and required a workout with a steak knife.
Raising the beer bar
Meehan’s beer list goes beyond the usual Irish pub offerings. Look for the likes of Allagash, Chimay, Dogfish Head, Duvel, Ommegang, Rogue and Stone, as well as Red Brick, Sweetwater and Terrapin.
At 7 p.m. on July 27, chef Jordan Wakefield hosts a four-course beer dinner with pairings from Unibroue brewery. $45.00 per person. Reservations required: 404-214-9821.
Meehan’s Public House Downtown
Address, phone: 180 Peachtree Street, 404-214-9821
Signature dish: Guinness-battered fish and chips
Entree prices: $10-$18
Hours: Kitchen: 11:30 a.m.- midnight Mondays-Wednesdays; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sundays. Brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Bar open late.
Credit cards: Yes
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