Restaurant of the Month: Logan’s Irish Pub

When Jeff Hauser selected the restaurant of the month I was not thrilled about dragging three kids under the age of 5 to Findlay, a 45 minute drive away from where we live. On a Saturday afternoon, we loaded up the car and made the drive out to Logan’s Irish Pub for lunch. I’ve never been to downtown Findlay, so I really had very little expectations. I assumed it was a small town, a couple of restaurants, maybe a boutique of some kind but that was it.

When we got off the highway and made the turn towards downtown Findlay, my whole idea of the city was shattered- in an amazing way. Findlay is actually pretty nice. Main Street is full of lively restaurants and many little boutiques, with a quaint feel. Generally 2:00 on Saturday’s is a pretty slow time for many restaurants- but that assumption did not hold true for Logan’s. The restaurant was busy! Nearly every table was full with large parties of people of varying ages. When we arrived we were sat in a snug (a table that sits in an opening in the wall that allowed for privacy). The perfect spot for a family with active kids.

Irish music played in the background. Several large televisions aired live rugby games. Stone facades, a large fireplace, and Irish paintings adorned the walls. Sitting in the snug, it felt like I was dining in a restaurant across the pond. It felt like everyone was friends who had known each other for years. Within 5 minutes of sitting there I could see why. Logan’s Irish Pub is the epitome of cool.

Initially I was tempted to order a Veggie Wrap, but my husband pointed out to me that it would be pretty hard to review an Irish pub when eating that. So I decided to order the Fish and Chips and my hubby order the Shepherd’s Pie. I’ve never had Shepherd’s Pie, so I was pretty excited to try it. The kids ordered mini burgers with fries and we also had the Leprachaun Coins for starters. Leprechaun coins are fried pickle slices with a delicious horseradish sauce. I’ve got a weakness for fried pickles and with the help of my family we devoured the plate like savage wolves!

While waiting for our meal, Jesh, the chef came over to say hi. He’s a New Yorker through and through. He moved to Findlay a few years ago to be closer to his brother’s family who lives there. Needless to say, there is quite a difference between New York City and Findlay, Ohio, but Jesh is really enjoying his experience in Findlay. My husband and I are going to NYC to celebrate our 10 year anniversary next month and Jesh took the time to make us a long list of restaurants and sites that we had to experience. When you go to Logan’s I really recommend that you take the time to get to know Jesh and all the staff at Logan’s. Their friendliness is what really makes the restaurant shine.

Well, it didn’t take too long for our meals to come out. My husband and I shared plates. After the first bite of that Shepherd’s Pie I would have happily waited 3 hours for it. It was delicious. The mashed potatoes were beyond tasty- obviously freshly prepared from Yukon Potatoes. The meat was well seasoned- not greasy, and the corn and peas added to the intensely amazing flavor of the dish. I definitely know what I will order the next time we’re at Logan’s. We also had the beer battered Fish and Chips. Two generous pieces of fish were served with waffle fries. I’m not usually a huge fan of fried foods- they oil tends to mask the taste. Yet, once again, this belief was shattered by Logan’s. The fish was so good. Seriously, I am sitting here writing this blog and I’m drooling!!! Jesh surprised us with a dessert sampler to top off our meal. At this point we were so full, but couldn’t resist the mini creme brulee, buttermilk panna cotta, and Guinness Chocolate Cake. We practically licked the dish clean. I’ve never been so stuffed and satisfied! I kid you not, had they brought out another plate of food I would have found room in my belly for it. Everything was just that good!

If you are looking to get out of Toledo and experience a new place to eat at, I highly recommend that you head down to Findlay stroll around Main Street and then grab a bit to eat at Logan’s. They’re open Monday to Wednesday 11 am- 12am and Thursday through Saturday 11 am until 2 am. Logan’s is closed on Sunday’s. Every Saturday night they have a live Irish band. You can find a full list of music and special events on their website and also stay up to date by liking their Facebook Page. I don’t say this often, but I really look forward to going to Logan’s again. Their food was delicious and the atmosphere was extraordinary.

Thanks Jesh!

They’re located at 414 S. Main Street Findlay, OH 45840

419-420-3602

 

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