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Fiddler's Green

Neighborhood: Winter Park Area

544 W. Fairbanks Ave.
Winter Park
Phone: (407) 645-2050

Attributes

Alcohol:
Beer Liquor Microbrew
 
Dress Code:
Call for Dress Code
 
Entertainment:
Live Music TV
 
Facility Features:
Smoking Prohibited Wheelchair Access
 
Favorites:
Best of Orlando
 
Games:
Darts Darts Traditional Games Trivia
 
Meals:
Brunch Catering Dinner Food Late Dinner Lunch Take Out
 
Menu:
Appetizers
 
Payment Methods:
Amex Discover MasterCard Visa
 
Reservations:
Reservations optional
 
Ambience:
Kid Friendly
 
Price Range:
$
 
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Review

I wasn’t thrilled with the prospect of eating an entire meal at a pub. Past experiences with pub grub – here and abroad – led me to believe that "authentic" doesn’t necessarily mean "great." But the proprietors of Fiddler’s Green prove that a focus on flavor, presentation and service can spell "gourmet" for traditional Irish cuisine.

The restaurant retains the cozy atmosphere of its predecessors, Mulvaney’s and Prince of Wales. It’s got the same ornate woodwork, dart boards, Irish-themed knickknacks and entertainment stage. Now, there’s a separate dining room that’s upscale and intimate in a country-inn sort of way.

Fiddler’s Green offers a full selection of draft ales, lagers and stouts, which you can order by the pint or half-pint. While my guest and I waited, our server brought us a basket of thick, crumbly scones, which nicely offset the beer.

We split an order of lightly browned potato pancakes with grated cheddar and scallions ($6.50; $5.95) topped with smoked salmon or sour cream and chives. Other appetizers include steamed mussels ($7.50) and smoked fish spread ($5.50). Dieters will be glad to know that the menu also includes your basic salad assortment.

Along with a variety of sandwiches and burgers ($5.25-$8.95), Fiddler’s entrees include standbys like corned beef and cabbage ($9.95); fish and chips, and "bangers and mash" (both $8.95). Among the more gourmet fare: grilled salmon with champagne sauce ($14.95) and roast duck ($15.95).

I ordered the "Hen in a Pot" ($7.95), a scrumptious variation on chicken pot pie. Instead of pie crust, the "pot" was topped, hat-like, with a flaky pastry. The stew below was piping hot with big chunks of tender chicken and vegetables, seasoned just right.

My companion stuck with another basic-but-hearty dish, Irish stew ($9.95). Once again, the seasonings – thyme, in this case – made this dish a standout. Presentation of both entrees was excellent, with extras like huge plates, fresh herbs and doilies. Desserts include bread and butter pudding, and blackberry/apple crumble ($3.95-$4.50). We were way too full to sample them.

Great service and excellent food mean Fiddler’s Green is not like most Irish pubs; it’s better.

 

Best of Orlando Winner:

2011 Best Irish; 2011 Best Pub; 2012 Best pub grub

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