Irish food is hearty food, with stews chock-full of meat and potatoes, meat pies topped with potatoes, and sausage served with, well, potatoes. The tuber is a big part of the Irish diet, and these restaurants know how to make the best use of it as they bring authentic Irish food to this side of the pond.

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John Martin’s

253 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, Fl 33134
(305) 445-3777

It’s like stepping into a corner of the emerald isle, but it’s on the Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. John Martin’s offers an authentic Irish pub, with Irish whiskey and Gaelic beer, but if you have a pint without trying the Irish specialties, well, what’s the point? Try the Corned Beef and Cabbage, complete with boiled potatoes. Irish Stew is savory and rich, and made with Guinness. Shepherds Pie will fill your belly, Bangers and Mash will make you think you’re in Dublin. Add that to live music, TV sports at the bar, and even a private ‘nook’ you can request with it’s own TV and room for some friends. The menu also includes a number if Irish-inspired dishes for those who don’t want traditional fare.

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Clarke’s Miami Beach

850 First Street
Miami, Fl 33139
(305) 538-9885

You can’t go just anywhere for a Steak and Mushroom pie, but you can find it at Clark Miami Beach. They styles themselves as an Irish Pub, but the menu is full of dishes which never saw Killarney. But check the menu under pub fare, and you’ll find your favorites, including tasty Corned Beef and Cabbage, and a Shepherd’s Pie that’s a full meal in a crust. Hearty soups add to the stick-to-your-ribs Irish dishes, but the wider menu runs the gamut from fish to heart steaks and chops.

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Playwright Irish Pub

2 locations, including
1265 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-0667

Shepherds Pie is a traditional Irish dish, but it’s not so traditional to make it with Angus beef. Welcome to the way they do things at the Playwright Irish Pub. Take the Angus beef, top it with veggies, and cap it with a slathering of hearty mashed potatoes, and even the Quiet Man would raise a cheer. If not the pie, how about a traditional Irish stew or Corned Beef and Cabbage, covered with a creamy parsley sauce. It’s a comfortable pub setting, casual even for dinner, with a wider menu that appeals to almost any taste. You can take your fair colleen for the fish and chips, and you can have a steak. Live music some nights. Not fancy, but the food is good and the 8 beers on tap can help you settle back and enjoy.

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The Field Irish Pub and Eatery

3281 Griffin Road
Dania Beach, Fl
(954) 964-5979

The Field offers the traditional Irish greeting “Cead Mile Failte!”, or A Thousand Welcomes. Most Irish pubs and restaurants in South Florida offer the same dishes with their own interpretation, but The Field has an expanded Irish menu with dishes not seen elsewhere. Try the Irish Cabbage Rolls, stuffed with sirloin, and tomato sauce, simple and hearty. You can find a savory Shepherd’s Pie on the menu, but they also offer a Country Chicken Pie filled with white meat, mushrooms, and more wrapped in puff pastry. The pub is styled as an Irish farmhouse, and offers a full pint, live music, and a homey experience. And if you want bangers and mash in your own home, they offer Irish take-out.

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Maguires Hill 16

535 North Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 764-4453

The family owners of Maguires Hill 16 know authentic Irish food; they serve it the family-owned pub in County Kildare, Ireland. That’s why those who truly long for a small piece of the auld sod find time to dine here. You can here a brogue across the tables, as Irish ex-pats come here for a taste of home. A complete Irish pub with a large selection of Irish beers on tap. You can start a meal with an authentic potato soup and if you have room, treat yourself to an Irish Farmhouse Grill with imported bacon and sausage, tomato, potato, and for those with big appetites, a grilled chop. Simple food simply prepared in the traditional Irish way rounds out the menu “from back home”. Since they grounded the Concorde, there’s no faster way to get to Ireland.