by Jake Levensohn and Seamus Ronan
Price— 3 Stars out of 5
Service—Low 3 stars out of 5 Food— 4 stars out of 5
When we chose to attend Tiernan’s Bar & Restaurant for our first column, we were rather nervous. It was a Tuesday night, and Stamford Downtown was alive and well.
Located on the corner of Washington and Main, we could hear the music and the shouts from the bar as we walked in. We were hesitant, as we felt that this Irish pub would not take three high school students seriously. Then we heard the sound of Dropkick Murphy’s “Shipping Up To Boston” and we knew that this was going to be a good night.
After being seated, we took a look around. It was a standard Irish Pub: wooden floors and tables, with a very cozy feel. The whole place was surrounded by high-definition televisions, most of them tuned into the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers playoff game. The bar was packed with a young crowd, all paying close attention to the game, cheering for Derek Jeter’s triple, and shouting when Texas took the lead. Glee was on the TV next to our table. We immediately got a hold of our waiter and asked him to change it, which he did right away with a laugh.
The staff was very personable and friendly, but there were only two waiters working for many hungry people, which slowed down service.
After assessing the menu, we decided to go all out—as we are, in fact, the Hungry Vikings. To start, we ordered the buffalo chicken sliders, an $8 appetizer, for the table. They arrived on time, and they were delicious. Topped with melted gorgonzola, lettuce and onions, the buffalo chicken had a spicy tang to it that turned out to be a satisfying start to the rest of the meal.
For our main course, we went with the house burger, the house sandwich, our friend, junior Jack Grafstein ordered the shrimp scampi, a special that night.
After waiting a little longer than our hungry stomachs would’ve liked, we found that we had put our trust in good hands.
The Tiernan’s burger: 8oz. burger on Italian garlic toast served with caramelized onions, tomato, smoked mozzarella, Worcestershire aioli and mixed greens served with potato wedges. At $11.95, it was delicious. The Italian garlic toast made all the difference in this burger and is what set it apart from a burger you would order at any other restaurant.
Priced at $10.95 Tiernan’s sliced grilled chicken sandwich tasted as good as it looked. Served on toasted Tuscan bread, the sandwich was stacked high with tasty chicken, spinach, smoked mozzarella and plenty of roasted peppers. It took up half of the plate, and each bite brought plenty of taste. The mozzarella complimented the chicken very well, and the side of fries that came with the meal hit the spot.
According to Jack, “The shrimp scampi [$14.95] was also very good. It had a spicy kick to it, which I liked.”
Tiernan’s advertises a 25 cent wing day every Sunday. So, if you’re looking for the right place to satisfy your hunger and watch some football, Tiernan’s could be right up your alley.
With reasonably priced food, a lively but comfortable atmosphere, and a friendly staff, Tiernan’s is a great place to go watch the ball game, enjoy the company of friends, and have some delicious food.