Thursday, October 14, 2010

Footbal Frenzy # 3 - Patsy's Irish Bar

Patsy's Irish Pub
25571 Jeronimo Road
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Our quest to find the best place to watch football on Sunday mornings has brought us to Patsy's. Our criteria is this; we need to have a good atmosphere, good service, and good food. That is about all we are looking for. Not too much to ask for, right? You would be surprised. We have had a few near misses, but have yet to find that perfect place, that will become our place to watch football. Let's see if Patsy's will become our place.

Patsy's has two locations. This one in Mission Viejo, and the other is in Laguna Niguel. Patsy's was opened by a husband and wife team, that have turned their little seafood restaurant into two thriving Irish pubs and restaurants.

We made it to Patsy's just as they were kicking off the morning games. Right off of the bat you can tell that the customers that were watching football here, have been coming here for many seasons. They all knew each other, and knew the two bartenders by name. We sat at the bar, and were greeted by a very competent bartender, Sara, who provided us with great service throughout our time here. Good service check! Now on to the food and drinks.

To shake the effects of a mild hangover from the night before, I decided to get back on the horse and have a Spicy Bloody Mary. This is your basic bloody Mary, not the best I have had, but not the worst. It was a little light on the tomato juice, but that just leaves more room for the alcohol, right? Anyways, this was a steal at $3. And thanks to Sara, my glass was never empty.

Patsy's has a special breakfast menu for Sunday football. They have five selections to choose from, and this was Katie's choice, the Biscuits and Gravy, with Eggs, and Potatoes. She had low expectations for her meal here, but she ended up being happy with it. She liked the peppery taste of the gravy, and felt that the eggs were cooked fine. She was not too big of a fan of the potatoes though, calling them, "forgettable".

For my breakfast I went with the Spanish Fry. The Spanish fry was a chorizo omelet, served with red and green salsa, then, piled on top of two tortillas. This was okay, not bad, not great. Bland tasting for a Spanish omelet. The potatoes were just okay also.

One cool thing that they do at Patsy's is to have a football pool for all their customers. There is no cost to join, and the winner receives a $20 gift card. I wish more places would think about doing that for football, it was a nice touch.

So I guess you can tell that Patsy's will not be our ultimate place to watch football. We really liked the service, and the neighborhood bar aspect of the place was cool, but the TVs at the bar, where we were sitting, were too small. Also, the layout of the place is not conducive to watching more than two games at a time. The food was average, but nothing to write home about. The prices were good, and we will go back, but maybe skip the breakfast, and try their regular menu.

Out of five Joe Montana's, (because he is probably the biggest, "Irish",  NFL star), five being best to zero being worst, Patsy's Irish Pub gets 2.5 Joe Montana's.

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  1. I don't know if you got my e-mail - I recommended Oggi's in MV for football watching. They label each TV with the game that's going to be on it - so no hassles of "where is X game on?". They open at 9:30 for the 10:00, and start serving food at 10:00. They have a small breakfast menu, but you can order anything on their regular menu as well. The service is PRETTY good, not great, but if you're there for the whole game, it's not a big deal. I mean, you'll get your food fast, but not necessarily your check!

  2. Anonymous - I did get your email, and have been meaning to try Oggi's. We are hopefully going to make it there in the next few weeks. We will look for you in your Bears jersey!