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Shannon Rose Irish Pub -- Ramsey

ELA Nov 24, 2011 10:16 AM

Going in the old TGI Friday's location -- it looks like they are right on schedule and will be opening early next year. There is an on-site trailer and they've already begun.

There's a lot of positive buzz about the place. The Clifton location does well. I've been there several times, and I've even been to the Woodbridge location once as well. The "local" bar scene is "so-so" and this place should do well.

Doherty Enterprises -- who owns/operates Johhny Carino's, various Panera Bread locations, Applebee's and Chevy's -- is the owner/operator of Shannon Rose. They are a top notch group and this is their 3rd location. I am looking forward to this place.

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    ELA Jan 23, 2012 11:48 AM

    Well, Shannon Rose opened . . . and opened big time! The place was packed every night during the week they opened -- Monday through Sunday. They had different bands play -- and Saturday night was Matty Marz and the Down 2 Earth band, a very talented and well known local band.

    So the place is hopping. Good crowds, fun times, and a lot of excitement.

    The drink was good -- and the food? Well, it was very good, for what it is and what it is trying to be. Here's the scoop...various members of our party had different dishes at different times. I sampled the Shannon Rose wings (with a Guinness BBQ sauce), the beefed-up nachos, and the Guinness BBQ pulled pork sliders. Everything was very good -- for exactly what it is. I was not expecting the greatest wings in the world and that's not why you go there. I wasn't expecting BBQ pulled pork like I get in Tennessee, and that's not why you go there. I like the food much better than Friday's or Houlihan's. My friend had an avocado turkey wrap -- with nice lettuce, a honey mustard sauce and a garlic-pesto wrap. It was infinitely better than any wrap I've had in a diner and much better than any wrap I've had in a luncheonette, deli, or sandwich place.

    The place was mobbed each time I went. But the service was very good. Water glasses were never empty and waiting, even though the place was jam-packed. We never once had to look for our waiter and wait for anything. Each time, a manager came over, introduced himself and asked if there was anything we needed and if so to grab him. Ownership/management -- at the highest level -- was present. Security was on their game, parking, valet parking attendants, etc. I am sure there were a few glitches here and there, but this place did exceptionally well opening week.

    I hope and would not be surprised if this place does exceptionally well for a local, better than pub-grub, better than Friday's, Houlihan's, Applebee's, etc., bar and grill, with a themed-flair. Would you want to go there for 100% authentic to the letter Irish fare? No...but that's not what they are.

    Try it. Maybe you'll like it. And if you don't...don't go back. More to enjoy for those that do. LOL.

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      NJfoodLover Dec 6, 2011 08:14 AM

      I have been to the one in clifton and I didn't think the food was very good. I have gone back quite a few times to grab a drink but that it about all it is good for.

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      1. re: NJfoodLover
        ELA Dec 6, 2011 08:30 AM

        I can see that. Personally, I'm not going there for food. And if I was in the mood for "Irish" food -- and that's very rare -- I wouldn't go there. That's not their MO, and I am guessing from the criticisms that some people think it is. Like going to Bennigan's for Irish food -- right, a chicken breast marinated with a Guinness glaze, LOL. Real Irish. LOL.

        I've had a few appetizers there. I liked them better than the typical Friday's nonsense. If I found myself there and hungry, would I order a burger or something of the like? Sure. Would I be expecting a burger like I get at JD's, the old Bicycle Club, Davey's Locker, Krug's or something like that. Different kind of places -- very different. Kind of obvious to me.

        I think as a bar, hang-out spot, bands, sports, entertainment -- I think they'll do well. That's what I was speaking to. As far as food, pub-grub, etc. -- it is what it is. For what they do, offer, etc. -- it's OK. I think it's better than OK, but that's just me. Like I said, I am not going there for an exceptional meal. I might go there to grab a bite. It's not going to be between Shannon Rose and The River Palm, LOL.

      2. menton1 Dec 5, 2011 10:44 AM

        The six (That's right 6!) Irish Pubs lining the main drag in Pearl River. It's on a hill, so start at the top. :)

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          Applecheeks Dec 2, 2011 10:13 PM

          I don't see the appeal there. Except for maybe the younger crowd drinking and hooking up. It certainly isn't for the food.
          I've been to the one in clifton and the food was terrible. People told me they loved the place and that I should try the Woodbridge location. The Woodbridge location was no better than the Clifton spot.
          I'm still looking for a place to get a good Irish meal.

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          1. re: Applecheeks
            arpad Dec 3, 2011 06:45 AM

            MacDonaugh's in Keyport does some good Irish stuff .


            1. re: Applecheeks
              drongo Dec 4, 2011 05:59 AM

              How about Flynn's in Rahway? Just pub food, but it's a fun place.


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                sivyaleah Jan 28, 2012 07:32 AM

                Flynn's is great. Good food, run by incredibly friendly people who are very accommodating. They run some special events like trivia nights if that's your kind of thing. A true neighborhood venue but one that is welcoming of anyone that walks in the door. I don't think I've ever walked into a bar where I felt as comfortable as I do here. Love it.

              2. re: Applecheeks
                Sdenred Dec 5, 2011 09:21 AM

                Thatcher McGee's in Pompton Lakes.

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                  ELA Dec 5, 2011 01:10 PM

                  Never really ordered "Irish" food there -- except for the "Irish fries" (LOL), but the food there was good. Typical pub grub menu, but I liked it better than the stereotypical stuff you get at Bennigan's et al. Good place.

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                legendarystarbolt Nov 30, 2011 01:43 PM

                I went to the one in Clifton when it first opened; it wasn't anything special. I have been told that, "anyone can get laid at Shannon Rose" because it's just that type of crowd later on at night on the weekends.

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                1. re: legendarystarbolt
                  BeerWeezil Dec 1, 2011 07:49 AM

                  Indeed, "meat market" is an understatement.

                2. drongo Nov 30, 2011 12:57 PM

                  The Shannon Rose near me in Woodbridge is more a place for drinking than for eating. At least, I've never eaten there! It's very busy... especially Friday evening.

                  1. menton1 Nov 30, 2011 07:35 AM

                    Panera Bread??? OMG!!! Swill!

                    1. Bosmer Nov 30, 2011 07:08 AM

                      Not so sure why people would be so excited by this place.

                      Johnny Carinos, Panera, Applebees and Chevys are certainly not very good examples of places that I get excited about. I

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                        ELA Nov 30, 2011 11:49 AM

                        I am not excited about those places either. No reason to be. In addition, I wouldn't be excited about any one them opening here, or even a similar business offering from this group. Open a Mickey D's and I couldn't care less, LOL.

                        However, I am looking forward to Shannon Rose though. This place has a much different model, theme, etc. If I hadn't been to the Clifton location, didn't see what they do, didn't' know the place, etc. I probably wouldn't be looking forward to it either.

                        There are some good reasons to have some good expectations. The nearby area needs a place like this. There's not a lot there, other than the same ol' same ol' or places that cater to a different kind of crowd, environment, etc. The nearby area needs something different than, say for example, the Friday's that was there before which didn't' make it. It wasn't a quality place to go, wasn't a lot of fun, etc. The area needs something different than the nearby Houlihan's. There aren't many places with this kind of offering in the nearby area.

                        The Clifton location does in fact do well. Sure, it attracts people who are there for a reason -- movies, shopping, etc., but it also attracts a nearby population. That kind of place, with that kind of offering should do well here. This area is also very different from Clifton. This will attract people from an X square mile radius, maybe some shopping, Rt. 17, etc. but it will offer a theme type place with -- music, food, 20 plus beers on tap, TV's, etc. That just doesn't exist nearby in the Mahwah/Ramsey area. Maybe people will talk about the Mason Jar or MB&G, but they have become different kind of places. Not a "bar" let's go hangout type of environment -- younger, college kids maybe, people who want pub grub only, or the been going there forevers, yes they can fit the bill and they do. They'll continue to do OK. But they are different.

                        I wouldn't base a premature opinion on Shannon Rose on anything that had to do with other business offered by the same group.

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