I know what you must be thinking. Seattle Foodster is now going to review Irish bars? I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with Irish bars. In fact I’m sure that each one of us has had some fond memories of an Irish bar, albeit a fuzzy memory.
But Paddy Coyne’s is no ordinary Irish Pub. Named after its owner Patrick “Paddy” Coyne, this bar is a leap above any other dive Irish bar. Located in South Lake Union under the Alcyone apartments you can dine fire side or stay inside and watch soccer or rugby. Paddy Coyne’s décor and furnishings are a well thought out blend of brown and black wood. There are Irish sayings imprinted across the walls of which I have no idea what they mean. And yes, there is a clock ticking down the time until St. Patrick’s Day. So what kind of food will be reviewed? Fish and Chips? No, although I can tell you that the fish and chips are very good here. I defy you to go to Paddy Coyne’s and not have a difficult time deciding between at least two of their menu items. On this occasion I tasted two of their sandwiches. As a side note I must recommend a few other items. The first are the Baked Potato Skins. Potato halves are stuffed with bacon, cheddar cheese, and topped with sour cream and chopped onions. They are delicious and the healthiest part of this dish has to be the green onion. Speaking of healthy… and fantastic… is the Chocolate Bread Pudding with a Jameson Butterscotch Sauce. Honestly, as I just wrote that sentence I thought about driving back to Paddy Coyne’s to get some bread pudding to go.
The first sandwich to be devoured was the Chicken Burger. A simple grilled chicken breast is topped with melted cheddar cheese and barbecue mayonnaise, served on a warm grilled ciabatta roll. The sandwich is an excellent combination of melted cheese and creamy sauce with a good, clean, grilled taste of the chicken.
Next up is a favorite of mine. The Fog City Steak Sandwich is a skirt steak marinated in ginger, soy and sesame oil, grilled medium rare and served on a garlic butter toasted baguette. When I first ordered this I was unhappy because I was expecting some bread on the top and bottom, not served open-faced. Each bite is so flavorful that serving this as a traditional sandwich would be a disservice because you would devour it in a minute. Instead, you’ve got to work for the great taste by cutting into it. The perfectly marinated steak is chewy, as skirt steak is, and the warm buttered bread is the salty steak’s perfect compliment.
But don’t let me confuse you. Paddy Coyne’s not only serves up great food but is also an awesome bar to go to with friends. In fact they have a band that plays traditional Irish music every Sunday night from 6pm to 9pm. Just be sure to get there early because this place is popular and gets crowded quickly.