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Heads Up Report: Mickey Byrne’s Irish Pub

By Steve Cabeza,

My “Heads Up” Report this week for The Food for Thought Radio Show (live every Thursday evening at Oceans 234 from 6 – 8 p.m.) sent me to one of my favorite joints, Mickey Byrne’s Irish Pub in Hollywood, Florida. Life is good.

Mickey Byrne’s is one of those joints that is not content to just be a cool, fun, neighborhood bar and serve burgers and cheese stix and other assorted deep-fryer crap that all comes from the same restaurant distributor  and goes out to every other bar and gin joint in a 75 mile radius.

They really put the extra effort in at Mickey’s. Fresh ingredients, custom prepared daily, along with innovative specials. Plus all the people at Mickey Byrne’s rock. The staff is friendly, engaging, warm, welcoming, and genuine and they foster a real family feeling that you would look for from a neighborhood establishment. They are a wonderful addition to the downtown Hollywood area.

But this is a food review. So let’s get to it. Chef/owner Karen Flynn says the best sellers at Mickey’s are the Fish-N-Chips and Flynn’s Shepherd’s Pie. Two of my favorites, and I can personally vouch for the fact that these dishes constantly and consistently deliver great taste and quality.

Flynn’s Shepherd’s Pie is made from scratch, like most of the menu items at Mickey’s. Fresh, hand-ground sirloin, diced onions, peas, hand-diced carrots, homemade roux-based gravy, all wrapped in delicious whipped potatoes. My buddy Andrew can’t go more than a few days without one, and I empathize, as I this is what I usually get for dinner, especially since a huge portion costs less than $10 bucks. It is hot, tasty, robust, filling, satisfying, and delicious. Try it with the recommended HP Sauce and a frosty pint of Guinness.

The other “can’t-miss” menu item at Mickey’s (named after an Irish athlete of some acclaim) is the Fish-N-Chips ($12.95). They generally use hand-cut Tilapia (market permitting), battered in a homemade Harp’s beer batter, and served with hand-cut fries that are plated only with this dish, freshly made tar-tar sauce, and hand-cut cole slaw.

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I started with a Spinach Salad, another of my favorites. Baby spinach with warm bacon, gorgonzola cheese, fresh tomato, and half a hard boiled egg, all tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette. It was fantastic, as is all the food, and I highly recommend a trip to Mickey’s.

“Burned Out Sundays” are every week starting at 9 p.m. Craft beers (Chimay, Star Hill, Sierra Nevada and others) are 2-4-1 and there are copious shot specials if that is your thing. Click here to learn more about the drinks and bar at Mickey’s.

Speakeasy Night is coming up on Saturday June 5th to support the Ann Storck Center in Plantation.

Mickey Bryne’s Irish Pub is located at ( would love to feature your joint in an upcoming “Heads Up” Report. Our roving diner will report not only in print, but also in a live food radio show, The Food for Thought Radio Show, broadcasting on 1470 WNN radio every week on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. from Oceans 234 in Deerfield Beach.  Email for details. And DECIDE BEFORE YOU DRIVE.

Steve is an aspiring writer, devout Floridaphile, marketing guy, and food & drink lover who enjoys sharing his experiences and hearing of others. Find his local bar articles at and his personal blog at He can be reached at .

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