I had a nice visit with Rhonda and learned she had been behind the bar at Lynch’s for many years. I tried a couple of Florida drafts and took a walk around. Lynch’s could easily go into the encyclopedia as the quintessential Irish pub. The as promised 50 beers on tap were lined around the back of the bar. Dart boards? Check. Pool tables? Check. Music stage? Check. I knew I didn’t stand a chance of completing my challenge, so I finished my beer and said my goodbyes to Rhonda, preparing to return the next evening for a proper Irish meal.
I returned the next evening, a Friday, and after Rhonda poured me a beer I began studying the menu. As soon as I saw Scotch eggs on the menu I knew I had to have them. If you’re not familiar with them, they’re hard boiled eggs, rolled in sausage, coated in bread crumbs and deep fried. They are absolutely delicious and Lynch’s clearly knows how to make them to perfection. I have to confess that I’m a sucker for corned beef and cabbage. I could probably eat it every day and not grow tired of it. My plate arrived with a couple of generous slices of corned beef that fell apart at the touch of a fork, bright green cabbage, potatoes and gravy. I was a happy camper. There is, of course, live music on the weekends, but as one of the bartenders told me, the action doesn’t even start until 10. Jacksonville Beach is a late night crowd.
Lynch’s Irish Pub is located at 514 First Street North in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. (904) 249-5181. When you stop in, please tell Keith and Rhonda I said ‘hi.’