Paddy’s Pour House vies to become pub of choice

by Cathy Swiney

Tim Flynn hopes to find lots of people in the pour house. Paddy’s Pour House, that is.

Flynn recently opened the pub/restaurant with the idea of creating a true Irish public house in Cornelius. It’s a gathering place where neighbors can hang out, grab a bite to eat with a cold pint and know they are doing so with people they know in a place that knows them.

“We are looking more for people from this community,” said Shannon Quan, front house manager. The pub is located in the Shops on the Green plaza.

“It’s not so much that they need this kind of place, but that they deserve it,” said Flynn, a longtime restauranteur from New York. “Our neighbors love us. We are

here for them.”

As the neighborhood gets to know its new hangout, locals are quickly learning Flynn goes out of his way to provide over-the-top customer service. He trains his staff to follow suit. He shares numerous stories about how the staff goes above and beyond, including ordering a special television sports package, ordering a poster to make a Syracuse University fan happy and making sure someone gets home safely.

“We’ve seen the same faces over and over,” Quan said.

They also are returning for quality pub grub – food that tastes great with a cold beer. Beer, in fact, is plentiful. The pub’s 40-and-growing beer list includes many craft brews.

Lake Norman has seen its fair share of Northerners open restaurants and include regional cuisine on their menus, and Paddy’s is no different. Not only does Paddy’s serve as a welcome taste of home for transplants, but it also becomes a culinary education for natives.

Take the Paddy Plate. The pub’s version of the garbage plate, made famous in Rochester, N.Y., includes a choice of cheeseburger, hot dog or chicken tenders, served with macaroni salad and fried potatoes and topped with hot sauce, spicy brown mustard and cheese.

“A lot of people order it (not realizing what it is) and then love it,” Flynn said.

O’Lindzi Pizza Logs are another Rochester favorite on the menu. Egg-roll-sized pizza dough, stuffed with pepperoni and mozzarella, is fried to produce a crunchy exterior and gooey interior. Served with marinara sauce, the serving of three is finding new fans.

Wings, with a slightly crispy exterior are the top-selling appetizer, Flynn said. Nachos, chicken tenders, onion rings and quesadillas are also available.

The staple on the menu is sandwiches, which are served on steak, sub, hoagie and Kaiser rolls, rye or white bread and pitas.

The New Yorker features corned beef, pastrami, Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard on toasted dark rye bread. The McGarrity is made with hot ham, bacon and pepperoni with melted provolone, lettuce, tomato and Italian dressing served on a sub roll. Rubens can be ordered with corned beef or turkey. The Penny Pita is a refreshing pocket filled with turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato with Thousand Island dressing.

Half-pound Angus burgers and broiled chicken breast can be dressed up with a variety of toppings for a pleasing sandwich. Choose from the Notre Dame with American cheese and bacon; Southern Pub with Cajun seasoning, provolone and fried onions; or the Major with hot sauce and bleu cheese crumbles.

All sandwiches are served with fries and slaw.

For traditional Irish fare, there are two entrées. Shepard’s Pie is a hearty baked entrée, combining ground beef in a Guinness gravy with peas, carrots and green beans, that is topped with cheddar mashed potatoes. Fish and Chips features fried, beer-battered fresh Atlantic cod.

Flynn’s outgoing Irish personality is sure to inject a fun-loving vibe that makes everyone comfortable, and the stylish pub is a place of almost non-stop action. TVs are scattered throughout, Celtic music plays overhead, billiards tables and arcade games invite friendly competitions, and nights featuring trivia, karaoke and live music create a lively atmosphere.

If atmosphere and good food aren’t enough, the reasonable prices should be. With most items costing less than $9, Flynn won’t put his neighbors in the poor house.

The Dish

Dressler’s Restaurant

On Sunday, April 8, Dressler’s Restaurant in Huntersville is offering an Easter brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch costs $24.95 for adults and $10.95 for ages 12 and younger. Rather than a traditional buffet line, waitstaff will bring food to tables. Specials will include shrimp and grits, waffles, scrambled eggs, French toast and pancakes. The buffet will include a prime rib carving station, shrimp cocktail, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, pastas, salads, Mom’s Apple Cake and Mom’s Coffee Cake. For reservations, call 704-987-1779.

Mickey & Mooch

The restaurant will be open for Easter Brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. To make reservations, call 704-895-6654.