Located on Wisconsin Avenue in the heart of downtown, Mo’s Irish Pub is probably one of the most well known and popular bars in the city. Well, we went there for dinner and were very impressed with the food options as well. Any visit to Mo’s needs to start with a drink at their huge bar. The bar is huge and works its way around most of the first floor of the restaurant. It has a number of televisions for those looking to watch the game and is always well staffed. During our multiple visits, we very rarely had to wait more than a minute or two for great service.
We have had the opportunity to eat a couple of meals at Mo’s, and once we ended up on the second floor. While initially we were skeptical of being moved away from the lively bar scene, we were very surprised to find a great atmosphere on the upper level. In fact, the windows overlooking the street corner offer a great view and allow for the natural lighting of the city to flood the room. No matter where you eat your meal, the setting will definitely be more than satisfactory.
We started our meal with some appetizers. We tried the Garlic Cheese fries with bacon (5.99 + $1.49) and the Nachos ($13.99) with chicken. The Cheese fries were gone before they made one round with our group and the nachos were great. Nachos are a hit or miss thing at a number of bars, but rest assured these were right on the money.
During the dinner portion of our meals we sampled everything from the Pub Burger to the Grilled Cheese. The Pub Burger ($8.99) was classic pub fare and cooked to perfection. While it was not anything to glamorous or complicated, it was very well done. The Triple Grilled Cheese and Oven Roasted Tomato Soup ($10.99) may have been the favorite of the table. This baby has got bacon, tomato, and avocado. Definitely a tasty and unique version of grilled cheese. We love it when restaurants put a new twist on old favorites. Finally we tried the old stand-by, The Reuben. If you are going to be an Irish Pub, you need to nail this meal. Mo’s Reuben ($9.99) is probably the best in the city. If you are a fan of Corned Beef, you will enjoy this sandwich.
Finally we can comment on a couple of the entrees. The Filet ($18.99) is 7 oz of beef and served with mashed potatoes. It is clear that Mo’s knows how important the quality of its food is to the customer. Even though the filet may be slightly than the item offered at Mo’s Steakhouse across the street, it comes surprisingly close in terms of taste. We were very impressed with the steak and the Citrus Glazed Salmon ($16.99). The salmon was a lighter meal and served with potatoes and veggies. Again, not what you would expect at a pub, but very good.
Mo’s has expanded to Wauwatosa and also has a bar open in Indiana. Clearly, they are doing something right. Mo’s has a lively atmosphere, great drinks, and great food. I can understand why this place is doing so well and is so popular. We highly recommend Mo’s for a drink, a meal, or (in our case) both!