The Field Irish Pub & Restaurant
Name: Seemee Chan
Occupation: Preschool Director
Lives In: Coral Springs
Restaurant Pick: The Field
Reviewed The Field: September 10th, 2009
On a dry, cool night, the porch area by the parking lot seems romantic and relaxing. I always prefer air-conditioning in South Florida, so I always head straight inside. The interior is typical pub-style with alcohol signs everywhere, televisions around the bar, and dark wood furniture. The corner where the band plays is the hot spot, and the tables are positioned for better viewing. I’m not Irish, and I’ve never been to Ireland, but I feel at home here. I can dress up or dress down. It’s so dark, no one really notices. On crowded nights, service can get slow, but on a Thursday, it was efficient and friendly. My shepherd’s pie was perfect as usual: well-seasoned ground beef and right-out-of-the-broiler mashed potatoes on top. I stole a piece of the Fish and Chips from my boyfriend’s plate and dipped it in both malt vinegar and the tartar sauce. It was extremely crunchy on the outside and moist and flaky on the inside. The cod loins were so large, he couldn’t finish them (but I did). My sister’s buffalo wings were juicy and spicy. Potato skins were a man-sized portion of thick slabs of potato with extra bacon. My British friends ordered the classic Bangers and Mash with brown gravy, Fish and Chips, and the Cabbage Rolls. They said that both dishes were authentic and delicious. The Field is now a favorite of theirs, and they’ll be making the hike from Coral Springs often! I always leave my worries at the door and tune into the Irish folk songs. The Field has quality, authentic Irish food with a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Name: Alan Posner
Occupation: Insurance Salesman
Lives In: Parkland
Restaurant Pick: Hong Kong City BBQ
Reviewed The Field: September 12th, 2009
When I first pulled into the parking lot with my wife, we turned to each other in horror and said to each other “oh no, it’s a bar”. We were not happy at all. The parking lot was crowded, full, yet well attended by a security guard who helped us to back our car into a spot. Walking to the front of the restaurant, we walked past the outside smoking area. This area was just as it is in most bars outside areas: smoky and loud. Things weren’t looking good. When we entered the front door of the Pub, everything changed. Clean, dry, still loud, but this is not a restaurant for the demure. We weren’t ready at this moment to have fun, still judging the future of our evening on our preconceived prejudices. We were seated and folded our arms, just waiting to do time. We looked around and saw that everyone that we could see appeared to be having a great time. The music from the live entertainment filled the room, and the food that was being served looked really, really good. The walls of The Field are covered with photos of the Irish countryside. Every nook and cranny was filled with “stuff”. I can’t even describe what this “stuff” was, but it was odd, interesting and sometimes even worthy of conversation. Our server took our drink order. We don’t drink alcohol, and were never made to feel out of place in an establishment that so lends itself to drinking. It appeared to us that every other table had bottles of Guinness as well as dark draft beers. Nobody seemed to be out of hand; rather they all appeared to be behaving responsibly. Our server came to take our food order and was extremely helpful in helping us to select our meal. We ordered roasted garlic hummus with grilled flat breads as our appetizer. My wife ordered the shepherd’s pie and I ordered fish and chips. We also ordered Black & Tan battered onion rings as a side dish. The hummus was my wife’s decision. I would never have ordered this dish at an Irish restaurant. It arrived and was absolutely delicious. It was a large portion with more than enough flat bread to scoop up this delicate, creamy dish. The roasted garlic flavor was obvious, yet not overpowering. The Black & Tan beer battered onion rings arrived shortly after the hummus. This large portion of beautifully fried, thick and crispy onion rings could very well be the best onion rings that I have ever eaten. They were crunchy on the outside, moist and sweet on the inside. We quickly realized that not only were we not miserable as we thought that we would be, we were actually having a great time, enjoying great food. This restaurant is not a quiet one, it is actually quite loud. We simply spoke to each other in “outside voices” and were able to enjoy each other’s company and conversation. Our entrees arrived and we knew that the success of the appetizers was no fluke.
Our waiter told me that the fish and chips was a house specialty, the reason why was apparent. The dish had two of the largest cod filets that I had ever seen. They were plated with thick cut French fries, a small container of so-so coleslaw and a small container of tartar sauce. The fish filets were crunchy and battered beautifully, the moist fish was very hot and perfectly cooked, flaky but not nearly overdone.
I am not a tartar sauce kind of guy, I much prefer a good horseradish cocktail sauce. This tartar sauce has me rethinking that because it was a perfect accompaniment to the fish. The French fries were as good as the rest of the dish, not an afterthought at all. My wife’s shepherd’s pie was as delicious as we at this point knew it would be. The mashed potato top was baked to perfection, the paprika sprinkled on top added color as well as a smoky taste. Digging into this dish, my fork revealed a well-seasoned mix of ground beef, onions and peas, another big hit at our table for sure.
For dessert, I ordered the Irish whisky crème brulee. We were told that the desserts at The Field Pub were made for them, off premises by a gentleman who delivers daily. The burnt sugar top yielded to the back of my spoon. Words cannot adequately describe just how good this was, the mild taste of whiskey flavored this velvety, sweet custard. I had to divide the top evenly so that I would get my fair share. My wife loved this too, we savored each and every morsel and when we were done, we were truly satisfied.
Our bill came and it was only $52. We paid and left. The parking lot that so irritated us was no longer an issue. We are absolutely fans of The Field Irish Pub & Eatery. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fun night. We will be returning soon, with several friends in town. At The Field, the more, the merrier.
Name: Don Bailey
Occupation: Flooring Retailer
Lives In: Miami
Restaurant Pick: Casa Bella
Reviewed The Field: September 9th, 2009
I would recommend the Field Irish Pub and Eatery to anyone seeking a little bit of Ireland here in South Florida. From the moment you walk into the restaurant, you are transported to another part of the world. The décor, music and Irish cuisine is fun, festive and flavorful. I enjoyed the vitality of the music and the Irish whiskey in the best bread pudding this side of Dublin. This restaurant had me at Guinness.
The food was very good. The appetizers, salad, and drinks were served promptly but the main courses were slow coming to the table, possibly due to the large crowd. I’d recommend it to my friends, and I’d go back just for the delicious bread pudding flavors with Irish whiskey vanilla sauce.
Location: 3281 Griffin Road, Dania Beach, Fl 33312
Parking: On Site
Restaurant Owner: Phil McMullen, Hilary Joyalle
Executive Chef: Patrick Green
Type of Cuisine: Ethnic with a twist, American
Signature Dishes: : Irish specialties
Vegetarian Options: made to order
Alcohol Served: Yes
Corkage Fee: N/A
Bottle Limit: One
Monday – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Tuesday – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Wednesday – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Thursday – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Friday – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Saturday – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Sunday – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Meals Served: Lunch/Dinner
Prix Fix Menu: No
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, %15 gratuity, w/o alcohol):$16
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, %15 gratuity, w/o alcohol):$11
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? All major credit cards
Accept Reservations: Yes
Need Reservations: No
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: No requirement
Accommodations for Children: Yes
Dining Style: Casual, relaxed
Disabled Access: Yes
Restaurant Size: 300 seats
Accommodate Groups: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes
Tables with Scenic Views: Yes
Outdoor Dining: Yes
Entertainment: Live music Tuesday through Saturday