Nothing like having Irish food with someone Irish. They’re a great source of info and always have a good story. Of course, that could be said of Irish folks without food being involved.
But you might as well involve the eats if you are going to Fenian’s Pub. A Jackson staple, the pub is known for its bar atmosphere and karaoke nights, but the food’s pretty darned good, too.
I went there to enjoy a weeknight dinner and warmed up with a pint of Killian’s Irish Red. I didn’t think I was up to a Guinness, but the Killian’s was a nice complement to my order, corned beef and cabbage. I actually prefer theirs to my at-home rendition of the Irish soul food, because Fenian’s had a nice peppery kick to the cabbage and meat, plus the mashed potatoes and rye bread were as comforting as a hug. And I didn’t have to cook it.
My Irish friend went for that other traditional comfort food, Shepherd’s Pie. I had dined on that once before and recommended it for the rich flavors, and of course, the mashed potatoes on top. And it went along well with banter about everything from running to our work weeks and families.
The atmosphere is what also gives Fenian’s an edge. I haven’t been to Ireland or a pub there, but I am thinking Fenian’s is about as close as you can get in Jackson.
One of my favorite Irish blessings is this: “May those who love us, love us; and those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.”
There’s no limping at Fenian’s, and nothing not to love.