When I look back on a trip, one of the things I remember most is where we ate and the atmosphere created by the places we stopped at. Meehans Irish Pub & Seafood House has created a wonderful environment that reaches out and beckons visitors to come in and enjoy.
What part of the restaurant you dine in depends on your mood. Inside music filled the air and a cool pub air prevailed, while in the Backyard area patrons dined in a quieter environ. My husband Keith and I we were blessed to dine in the upstairs balcony, overlooking the lovely Mantanza’s Bay.
It is hard to say what we enjoyed the most about this stop, the view, the water, watch the people, or eating some of the best food ever! “I love the selection,” Keith added.
Like many places in St. Augustine, the history plays a major part in everything you do and everywhere you visit and Meehans was no exception. The site where the restaurant sets was originally used for construction storage for Castillo de San Marcos, the Spanish fortress that stands a mere 150 feet across the street. The building that houses Meehan’s was once the home of William Dismuits the first president of the First Florida National Bank. Although records indicate that the house may have been originally built prior to the fire of 1914, they know the current structure was built in 1917. Prior to becoming Meehans, the establishment was known as Tavern On the Bay.
The owner John Meehan although born and raised in New Jersey, according to Manager Eric Breemer he is Irish through and through. “The Meehan clan originates from the county Leitrim, Ireland, and has roots going as far back as the early 1600s”,” Eric said.
Eric Bremer has been with Meehan’s for a little over a year and what impressed this experienced restaurateur was the fact that most everything is fresh daily.
The food though is just part of the draw to this popular restaurant for Eric. “My favorite part of this is the people I meet from all over the world and 99% are here to have fun. We do it right and take care of the people.”
Also enjoying the ambience of the balcony dining was Kim and Mark Moore from Titusville, Florida. The couple was in town to celebrate Kim’s birthday. “I had the crab and shrimp dip. It is a cheesy dish with artichoke and shrimp and that’s what keeps bringing us back,” Kim said.
Keith and I enjoyed the view and great food. I had the steak and stout pie and Keith chose one of the salads and She Crab soup. Everything about Meehans is wonderful, indulgent and a do again! Log on for more information athttp://www.meehansirishpub.com/aboutus.html.