Molly Malone's Irish Pub and Restaurant
Irish food, drink, sports and games
112 E. Fourth St., Covington 859-491-6659 www.mollymalonesirishpub.com
You may not see sweet Molly Malone with her cockles and mussels strolling around Covington, but you certainly can fulfill the yearning for the Emerald Isles that her name evokes at Molly Malone's Irish Pub and Restaurant.
Open for lunch and dinner, Molly Malone's (no relation to the Pleasant Ridge restaurant of the same name) is still young but has already established itself as an inviting pub with good eats and a refreshingly friendly staff.
Ireland's heritage surrounds diners with photographs and memorabilia covering the walls and plenty of Irish beer on tap.
The three-story building houses the main restaurant on the first floor, another dining and bar area on the second floor, and an open ballroom and stage on the third floor for live music on weekends.
In addition to atmosphere and music, Molly Malone's has a menu that hearkens to many traditional Irish foods such as the Dublin coddle-style bangers and mash ($9.95), fish and chips ($9.95), and Irish lamb stew with diced lamb, fresh herbs, carrots and onions ($10.95).
The Celtic pizza represents its homeland, loaded with Irish sausage, rashers, tomato, mushrooms and onions ($10.95).
If you prefer American food, Molly Malone's has you covered with items including the New York strip served with colcannon potatoes and grilled asparagus ($17.95), shrimp scampi ($10.95) and the roasted vegetable club sandwich ($7.95).
Molly Malone's is the only bar in the area to carry Setanta Sports Channel for live soccer and rugby, and numerous TVs make sure you won't even have to miss one second of the game.
Pub Quiz at 9 p.m. every Wednesday pits you and your friends against other teams in a trivia challenge. Plus, happy hour 3 to 7 p.m. on weekdays makes this one happy place to rest your feet with a discounted Guinness and platter of beer-battered fish 'n' chips at the end of the day.
HOURS: Open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily; kitchen closes at 10:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
APPETIZER: Beer cheese con queso, made with Guinness and served with a house baked soft pretzel ($6.95)
ENTREE: Poached salmon, served with lemon-caper butter sauce, sautéed spinach and roasted fingerling potatoes ($14.95), or traditional Irish stew, with diced lamb, fresh herbs, carrots and onions ($10.95)
DESSERT: Bread pudding, made with layer of raspberry and chocolate and topped with whiskey butter sauce ($4.95, $2.95 half size)
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