I can sum up my MANY experiences at Sean O'Casey's as "just right". Sean O'Casey's is an Irish pub and restaurant that does not try to go over the top with glam and glitter. There are no in-your-face gimmicky waiters or waitresses, or thumping music that makes your ears bleed. They just do what they do best which is serving quality traditional pub food and well priced drinks in a low-key Irish pub atmosphere.
The food at Sean O'Casey's is very good and affordable. I absolutely love their patty melt! It is extremely hard for me to order anything but the patty melt. To me, they have Omaha's best! Trust me, I have tried the patty melt in a lot of restaurants, pubs, and soup kitchens in Omaha and none of them compare to O'Casey's (well, maybe not in any soup kitchens). The few rare times that I have had enough will power to order something else besides the patty melt at Sean's, I have never been disappointed. The reuben is awesome too. I had it for the first time during my last visit and it was unbelievable. The next time I go, I am going to try and get it again to verify its quality. I like to have an entree more than once before I call it the best. If it is half as good as the first one, I will have no problem calling Sean O'Casey's "home of Omaha's best reuben". For you corned beef and cabbage lovers, O'Casey's is the place to be every Thursday. They serve a mouth watering corned beef and cabbage dinner every Thursday. It is so tender and juicy that you just have to cut it with a fork to eat it. My wife has her own Sean O'Casey's "crutch". While mine is the patty melt and possibly the reuben after our next visit, she orders their fish sandwich every time and loves it each and every time (it is huge by the way).
There is nothing special about how Sean O'Casey's presents itself when you get out of your car to go into the place. It is not an Irish pub that looks like it was installed inside a quonset/pole shed, an ultra-contemporary pub where you feel unwanted, or the cookie-cutter Irish pub that is littered with cheap "so-called" antiques bought in bulk out of an Irish pub catalog. Sean O'Casey's looks like it has been in business for ninety years. In fact Sean O'Casey's opened in 1998! It possesses weathered dark wood booths with a huge majestic bar standing at the focal point of the pub but in an unassuming way. The type of bar that invites you to sit at one of its well-used stools and throw back a pint. The atmosphere makes you feel welcomed and comfortable. I always get the feeling that I do not have to be on my best behavior for some reason when I walk into Sean's. Maybe that is the Guinness talking. I don't know.
The only thing I do not like about Sean O'Casey's is that I have such a hard time ordering food because I cannot break away from my crack-like addiction to their patty melt. I want to try something new when I walk into the establishment but when it comes down to crunch time, I crumble before my patty melt master and order the mouthwatering sandwich as I slobber all over myself waiting in anticipation. Just go to Sean O'Casey's. You will not be disappointed. However, I should remind you about a possible sandwich addiction that might tear your family and life apart.
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