I think I keep up pretty well on the restaurant scene in Indy, but every once in a while I find something I’ve missed and wonder how in the heck I missed it! O’Reilly’s Irish Bar is such a place.
We had picked another place out for dinner, but pulled up and found they are closed on Mondays, so we went down the street to O’Reilly’s.
I’m glad we did…I was taken from the start. It was like stepping into old Ireland. Nicely decorated, pleasant colors, friendly staff, I felt at home from the moment we walked in the door. A nice mix of music playing…real, traditional Irish jigs and reels with some more modern Irish music thrown in, it was warm and comfortable from the start.
The menu has a nice mix of Irish fare and more traditional Pub fare. Of course, being in Indiana, a breaded tenderloin features prominently on their menu, as it should. I was a bit skeptical…the menu says “potato crisp breading” and I wasn’t quite sure how I might like that.
Turns out…it was absolutely fantastic. The breading was nice, crispy, and flaky…but not SO flaky it broke off of the sandwich. Wonderfully seasoned, and the meat was just as good…moist and tender. It had that great combination of textures…the softness of the bun, the crunch of the breading, and the firmness of the meat…that made for a perfect sandwich. It’s a big, hearty, sandwich that will satisfy the biggest appetites. I give it a 5 out of 5 bites…it stacks up against any in town.
The sandwich comes with a side of fries. I’d call them good, but not the best I’ve ever had. I neglected to record the price of the sandwich, but it wasn’t noticeably more or less expensive than any others in town.
For her dinner, Holly chose Peter’s Fish Stew and reports it to be outstanding! It was chock full of a variety of fish, shrimp, and mussels in a wonderfully flavored broth with fresh spinach and tomatoes.
O’Reilly’s Irish Bar is located at 1552 Main Street in Speedway. They also have locations in Indianapolis, Greenwood, and Ft Wayne. You can find them online at https://www.oreillysirishbar.com/ and they also are active on Twitter and Instagram.