I’ve been frequenting McDonagh’s Pub for a little over a year now since I first moved down to Monmouth County, NJ. It’s an Irish pub/restaurant located in Keyport, NJ and it’s very popular with locals – for happy hour, game time, family dinner. I’ve gone here for dinner and drinks and for work happy hours and totally love this place. We were looking to have some good pub food and some cold beers so we headed over to McDonagh’s this past Saturday night. As expected it was quite crowded but we were seated immediately.
For appetizers, the husband had the Grilled Boneless Buffalo Wings (hot, although they may be ordered mild or BBQ-style) which he really enjoyed. It was three very large pieces of chicken served with a generous side of bleu cheese. I went with the Little Neck Clams – a dozen clams steamed with beer, garlic and basil. These were perfect and the broth was so delicious I had to stop myself from slurping it up.
Our entrees came with a choice of soup or salad and husband had the Manhattan Clam Chowder. He thought it was just okay and wished he had ordered the same as me. I had the Cream of Potato Leek, which I’ve had before, and was just as creamy and flavorful as I remembered.
For our entrees I was craving some fried shrimp and I couldn’t have been happier with my choice. It was a generous portion of jumbo, perfectly fried succulent shrimp served with homemade tarter sauce and fries (that were even more yummy with a splash of malt vinegar). The portion was so large, I ended up taking half of it home.
The husband chose an entree from the specials – a Southwestern-Grilled Flank Steak served with peppers and onions, fresh veggies, and mashed potatoes. Again, a very large portion which he thought was very good. He ended up taking some home which he never does!
Somehow we managed to find a teeny tiny space for dessert and went with the Molten Lava Cake. This was a nice-sized dense chocolate cake with a gooey center served with some ice cream and whipped cream. A perfect ending to a great meal.
Service was somewhat spotty but alright. Our entrees were to come with a bread basket which we never received but we really didn’t need it anyway. It was crowded and our waitress seemed rushed and it was hard to get her attention, but she tried.
I love this place and would absolutely go back as I have many times before. If you’re in the area and looking for a beer, some live entertainment (check their calendar), and some good pub food, I recommend McDonagh’s in Keyport, NJ.