FINLEY’S IRISH PUB  3  To be Reviewed



FINLEY’S IRISH PUB - The Present 4/14/2019
We hadn’t been there for quite a while and now the tourists and snowbirds have gone north we can get into places that usually are too busy.  We last ate there in 2015 and had a few take outs and Monday night two for one fish fry’s over the years in between. Actually they had specials on Mondays and we went there often.

My goodness, the place inside has doubled in size with IRISH pub finery,  all kinds of signs and stuff hanging following the theme, and lots of people having a good time with noise typical of a sport bar whether be Irish or Chinese.  The emphasis in sports and theme bars is on beer, wine and cholesterol laden food.  That makes people happy.  Nothing wrong with it.

There were out door verandas (seating and tables) for the smokers.  We last ate there  almost every Monday night because they had a two for one special of fried fish, cole slaw and fries.  After a while the fish was a bit too greasy, slopingly wet.  Change the cook and things change, like the food

This time I ordered a Corned Beef sandwich. Now I have culinary experience with years in the industry as a chef and writer and sometimes you have to get the message back to the guy on the FLAT grill.  The bottom piece of RYE bread was slopingly wet and dripping oily.    I used two napkins to dry it off. It was average and oily.

My other half the taster ordered the Shepherd Pie (with ground beef) also called a Cottage Pie sometimes with ground lamb.  Lamb is more common in Europe and Britain, it was average, it needed something, it was burger meat with thin tomato sauce, watery and a few veggies, melted cheese and mashed potatoes on top.  We sent it back, it was not even luke warm.   I presume it got nuked.   She ate half and said she should of ordered a burger with fries.

I tasted it salty, no thyme, rosemary, other florals, needed more peas, corn and carrots, Worcestershire,  and quite boring.  I agreed with her. A tablespoon of flour could have thickened the mix. It was thinner than soup.

The origional waitress must have been the greeter as that was the last time we saw her, but she did place our order and another waitress brought it out and then she vanished.  Then I got our third waiter, I decided I needed MUSTARD, a major ingredient in the consumption of Corned Beef.  I waved my hand like a drowning rat... A young energetic fellow found the mustard and he took over from there and he got the tip since the others vanished.  Must be the Leprechauns.  He was Ok

I’m hoping this was just one of those nights a place goes lazy and most of the time they recover or shoot the cook.  It's a big locals place, many trailer parks are close by and its relatively easy to get into, friendly and as Emerald would say kick the food up a notch... I like the place but the food and the floor service was way below scale.

Oh boy, and a Zantac...later... The grease got me.  I can  put up with a few things and much could be easily improved with a little training.  When a place gets real busy because there are more customers than seats (Our tourist season)  things get soft....  The food the service and the value were below what they used to be. It went from a four to a three. They get one more shot.


Inspectors Note April INSPECTION - Mostly Correctable

  • Basic - Bathroom door not self-closing. Door of employee restroom not self closing in rear area. **Repeat Violation** 
  • Basic - Build-up of mold-like substance on nonfood-contact surface. Mold like debris interior of reach in cooler with sauces/ dressings. 
  • Basic - Carbon dioxide/helium tanks not adequately secured. Multiple tanks in rear room not secured. **Repeat Violation** **Warning**
  • Basic - Cove molding at floor/wall juncture broken/missing. Cove molding missing in dish area. **Warning**
  • Basic - Cutting board has cut marks and is no longer cleanable.cutting board on cooks line has cut marks. **Warning**
  • Basic - Equipment and utensils not properly air-dried - wet nesting. Wet nesting of red plastic cups in server station. **Warning**
  • Basic - Exterior door has a gap at the threshold that opens to the outside. Rear door in dry storage area has hole at bottom with light shining thru. **Repeat Violation** **Warning**
  • Basic - Floor tiles cracked, broken or in disrepair. Floor tiles broken in kitchen dish area. **Warning**
  • Basic - Gaskets with slimy/mold-like build-up. Walk in beer cooler has black debris on gaskets. **Warning**
  • Basic - Hole in or other damage to wall. Wall near rear door in dry storage has hole at bottom. **Warning**
  • Basic - Ice scoop handle in contact with ice. Ice scoop handle in the ice. Employee moved ice scoop to dish area. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
  • Basic - Interior of oven has heavy accumulation of black substance/grease/food debris. Interior of all 3 ovens need detailed cleaning of burnt on foods. **Warning**
  • Basic - No conspicuously located ambient air temperature thermometer in holding unit. No ambient thermometer in reach in deli cooler salad cooler. **Warning**
  • Basic - Single-service articles improperly stored. Hand towels paper case stored on the floor. **Warning**
  • Basic - Water leaking from pipe and/or faucet/handle. Faucet in hand sink in dish area running and can not be turned off. **Warning**
  • Intermediate - Hand wash sink not accessible for employee use due to items stored in the sink. 2 spray bottles and a roll of paper towels in 2nd bar hand sink. Employee labeled spray bottles. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
  • Intermediate - Soda gun soiled. *Bar area end side gun soiled. * Slicer guard soiled with old food debris. **Repeat Violation** **Warning**
  • Intermediate - Spray bottle containing toxic substance not labeled. Spray bottle on bar area not labeled. Spray bottles labeled. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**

Count  Violation  22


DEC 2020