I’m only Irish by marriage, but with a last name like Flanigan I figure I should be acquainted with local establishments that serve cuisine from my in-laws’ native land. And Flaherty’s Three Flags Inn, which has locations in Webster and Macedon, is a Rochester-area mainstay.
My friend Cathy and I stopped by the original location in Webster, which has been in business since 1970, on a recent Tuesday afternoon.
Replicas of Irish road signs greet you at the door and point toward the tavern. In the other direction is a spacious, sparsely decorated restaurant with a massive stone fireplace, floral drapes, green walls and wood accents (as well as wireless, high-speed Internet access for those who can’t lunch without their laptops).
I wanted to want the Irish Stew, but I always get a French Dip if it’s on the menu. Besides, after telling our server I was torn between the two, she said Flaherty’s French Dip ($8.59) was a popular choice with the regulars. Sadly, though, the sandwich was disappointing. Despite the promise of “tender slices of roast beef” on French bread, the meat was overcooked, and the au jus became more of a necessity than an accompaniment. I was also bummed to learn I’d have to pay extra for cheese, so I skipped it.
Cathy’s Flaherty Turkey Melt ($8.59), served on wheat bread with bacon and cheese, was a hit, though. The turkey was juicy, the bread was hot and crispy, and the bacon was plentiful. “And we didn’t have to ask for the fries extra crispy,” she said. She likes her taters the way I like mine — crispy on the outside and soft on the inside — and both of our sandwiches came with abundant portions.
There are lots of other choices here: appetizers, soups and salads, chicken, seafood, steak, burgers (Certified Angus Beef brand), sandwiches and wraps.
There’s an extensive beer selection — twenty are on draft, including local microbrew Rohrbach’s Flaherty’s Ale ($4.25) — as well as wine and liquor. Soft drinks, iced tea and lemonade are $2 with free refills.
The damage: $22.55
Next time ...
Last year I went to an Italian restaurant and didn’t order Italian. Should’ve learned my lesson. I’ve got it now: Irish restaurant, Irish meal.
Next up would be the previously passed-over Irish Stew, described on the menu as “a hearty blend of fresh beef combined with tasty vegetables and potatoes” and served with rolls and butter ($7.99).