This afternoon, I was sitting in Cullen's Pub on Southport taking in a little basketball and a quite a few Blue Moons.
By five or six pm, having gotten pretty hungry and noticing that there were quite a few people eating in the place, I asked to peruse a menu at this popular beer joint.
After the big discussion of fish frys last week, I opted for an order of their fish and chips. Keep in mind that Cullens is priced a bit higher tan most bar food in the area. The fish and chips was $10.95 as opposed to the $7.50 to $8.50 you'll pay for it most places. Hey, its an Irish pub with valet parking. What do you expect?
The fish portion of the fish and chips was really good. They cut the pieces of fish small and lightly fry them in an excellent light beer batter. There's no bready excess batter on this fish (say compared to Duke of Perth's fish and chips). It's clean and tasty and it seems that they use a superior fish (maybe Haddock)in comparison to what you get most places. It's well cooked so that the interior of the fish pieces is moist and tasty. It didn't taste like or have the mouth feel of frozen fish.
I received six or seven two to three bite pieces of the wonderful fish served with a very tasty tartar sauce, a small unremarkable timbale of cole slaw and a heaping of run of the mill frozen bar fries.
I've yet to try Clancey's all you can eat fish fry recommended by many and I was in no condition to try to drive up Lincoln Avenue after my afternoon of beer drinking. So, I can't compare Cullen's to Clancy's. However, while Cullen's portions are smaller than those at Duke of Perth, the fish is lighter, less bready and much more flavorful in comparison.
Cullens is located on Southport just north of the Music Box Theater on the same side of the street. It's worth a try. Go for the fish. Skip the fries and get your carbohydrate intake at Julius Meinl after your meal at Cullens.
P.S. The macaroni and cheese made with Irish cheddar at the next table looked wonderful, too.