East New Haven Street, located in historic downtown Melbourne, Florida, brings a worldly experience to diners and shoppers alike with its international flair shoppes and restaurants. It is only fitting that one of the anchor spots is secured by a lively Irish Pub, Meg O’Malley’s, that keeps people coming back for more. Step up to their Irish themed sports bar, tended by a super friendly staff, or reserve a table for some of the best eats in all of Melbourne. I live in Vero Beach, 35 minutes away, and make the drive to Meg O’Malley’s because it is that good!
The menu is enormous but I have some recommendations on what to try that will certainly deliver happy campers around the dinner table. For starters, my favorite dish is the cheese and ale crock; warm and bubbly Irish ale stirred with creamy cheddar and Dubliner cheeses, served with a bread basket. Other choices would be Ten Little Piggies (mini bangers served with relish and dijon-horseradish sauce) or if you want to try a variety of all the delicious offerings, how about Meg’s Threesome, a combination platter of sausage rolls, potato balls, and cabbage wraps.
Next up, soups and salads. Meg O’Malley’s Emerald Island onion and creamy potato bacon leek soups are both fantastic! Salad recommendations would be the wedge (with crumbled blue cheese) or the Irish chopped salad. Entree suggestions would be the corned beef and cabbage or the bangers and mash. If you fancy a sandwich, try the Kilkenny (corned beef, cabbage, 1000 Island dressing on rye) or the roast beef melt (caramelized onions, mushrooms, horseradish Havarti). I will warn you; portions at Meg’s are absolutely, incredibly freaking huge! Ask for a to-go box when ordering as you will need it.
Meg O’Malley’s offers a large selection of craft beers, wines, and spirits. Traditional Irish beers are available on tap as well. Their TV screens show sporting events all day long and they also have local, live music on weekends, and Irish music on Tuesdays. Loud and lively would be a great way to describe this boisterous gathering spot. I enjoy the upbeat atmosphere and go here often when in town. Another plus is that the staff dresses in kilts (short ones) and that may be another reason why it is such a popular spot with the men. Vegetarian? No problem, Meg O’Malley’s menu features plenty of vegetarian choices as well as gluten-free options.
My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)= 9
FYI: Try the Parliament bean soup- it is only 18¢ when ordering along side an entree.
FYI: There is parking available in the back of the restaurant if you cannot secure street parking.
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