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Liam Fitzpatrick's Irish Pub

Liam Fitzpatrick's Irish pub in Lake Mary

Liam Fitzpatrick's Irish Pub

Liam Fitzpatrick's is a new Irish pub in Lake Mary's Colonial Town Park complex, just across from  Dexter's and Amura and almost next door to the restaurant space that has had at least three tenants in just a few short years. Lake Marians, it seems, will not suffer inferior restaurants gladly.

So it will be interesting to see how they accept this new business. On one hand, it's a beautiful pub, elaborately styled with painstaking details that call to mind a sort of upscale Dublin drinking house.

On the other hand there's the food.

The menu has all the traditional pub favorites. There's shepherd's pie, fish and chips, and, of course, herb-marinated Hawaiian sunfish.

Huh?

I stuck with the shepherd's pie, a dish that, frankly, one never expects too much from. It's really quite basic. But this one was particularly disappointing. The meat was meager and the mashed potatoes that topped the soupy gravy were too thin. However, I did like the fresh vegetables that were served on the side. There were zucchinis. yellow squash and carrots, all in big hunks and all al dente.

I also liked the practice of bringing a bowl of thick, kettle-cooked potato chips to the table. It reminded me a little of Gallagher's in New York.

My server made a couple of missteps, but overall she was good. When a guest left all his change in the check folder, the server returned after picking up the folder to make sure he had meant to leave all that change for a tip. (He hadn't.) You don't see too many waiters do that, so kudos to her.

With only a single visit, my assessment of Liam Fitzpatrick's is that it would be a fine place to go for a pint or three, but they need a little help with the food.

For more information, go to Liam Fitzpatrick's Web site.

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