Cheap eats: Irish nachos, white pizza and more

Dining at Cathy O’Clarke’s Irish Pub and Grille and Fat Pelican on Marco Island can cater to a lot of different price ranges. You can get the surf and turf Jacob’s size meal, with a 10-ounce filet mignon and a one-pound lobster tail for $69, but patrons looking for an affordable option have plenty more to choose from.

An appetizer large enough to share, taking an Irish spin on traditional Mexican nachos, the County Cork Irish nachos come filled with shepherd’s pie instead of spicy ground beef. This plate costs under $9 at the pub. “It’s really good, and different,” General Manager Debra Day said.

During happy hour, from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, patrons can take advantage of special pricing on fresh-shucked oysters at $.75 apiece. Drink specials include two-for-one domestic beer and well drinks and a nightly specialty drink.

For lunch, the pub serves hot meals for under $10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Choose from eggplant parmesan with a side of pasta, spaghetti with choice of meatballs or sausage, lasagna with sides, chicken parmesan with a side of pasta, stuffed peppers with a side of pasta or fish and chips or buy a slice of pizza and get a free slice of cheese, pepperoni or sausage pizza on Mondays.

Any day of the week, the menu boasts a number of items under $7, such as a cold meatloaf sandwich with ketchup, a meatball sub with provolone or for a starte try the Dalkey fries for $5.99, French fries topped with brown gravy and cheddar cheese. “All of our meals are large – they’re plenty adequate,” Day said.

Her favorite item on the menu is the corned beef Reuben. The corned beef is made fresh at the restaurant, and O’Clarke creates the breads and desserts from scratch. Patrons who are in the mood for coffee can order Melvin’s doughnuts in a brown paper bag and served hot with powdered sugar for $4.50.

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Cathy O’Clarke’s Irish Pub and Grille and Fat Pelican

591 S. Collier Blvd.

642-9709

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