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The Shannon Rose – North Jersey’s Best Irish Pub?

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Friends and Family soft re-opening of The Shannon Rose Irish Pub in Clifton, New Jersey after a major remodel.  This place was gorgeous.  Visually it was downright stunning but as usual, I am here to focus on the food and beverage portion…which was definitely something that stood on it’s own. Is The Shannon Rose North Jersey’s Best Irish Pub? Let’s find out.


Started the night off with a nice Moscow Mule, maybe not a beverage that screams Irish Pub, but it sounded refreshing and I followed my gut.  I’m very happy I did, this was one tasty beverage.  My girlfriend got herself a “Shannon Rose” which is made with Rose Gin and vanilla and this was also quite tasty (yes maybe I stole a sip or two). Slainte!

Started off the food portion with some butlered hors d’oeuvres that consisted of things like Cheeseburger Sliders, Battered Shrimp with Sriracha Aioli, Bacon and Cheddar Boxty, and Corned Beef Egg Rolls.  I will let the photos do the speaking for these but I will say that all of these items were downright excellent.  I almost passed on the sliders thinking “eh, I can have a burger anywhere”…and I’m so happy I didn’t.  

We soon settled into a booth and had some more drinks including trying the “Sagamore Rye Cocktail” and an “Irish Old Fashioned” before getting into some of the main course items for the night.  The main courses included a variety of pizza’s, Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, Cavatappi Pesto Pasta, and last but not least – The Murder Burger!

All of these items were very good but this Murder Burger really caught my attention!  The took a burger patty with lettuce, tomato, pickles, sautéed onions, jalapenos, American cheese, and Thousand Island Dressing and then they battered the entire thing and deep fried it!   I hadn’t tried anything like this before.  It was definitely a bit greasy but the flavor was excellent.  I would order this again any day of the week.

May the Wind be Always at Your Back

Closed out the meal by trying out some Irish Soda Bread Pudding and a Ghirardelli Brownie and washed it down with a true Irish Coffee.  The desserts were sweet and decadent without being over the top and the Irish Coffee was potentially the best I’ve ever had…and I have had many.  Look no further for the results, it’s plain as day…Shannon Rose Irish Pub in Clifton, New Jersey – Didn’t Suck!