I was surprised my panko-crusted crab cakes were allowed out of the kitchen. Their tops, black and hardened, had most noticeably been burned. Sautéed garlic shrimp was decent, though the delicate flavor of the large shrimps was lost when slathered with Cajun peppercorn sauce.

The curry chicken reappeared — haphazardly — in salad form. Seemingly scooped from a bowl and plopped artlessly on a bed of greens and thin apple slices, the chicken curry salad was tasty but unappetizing in its presentation, a ho-hum dish that, in the end, wasn't worth the effort.

Aside from the corned beef sandwich, a larger version of the tasty sliders, many of the sandwich offerings seemed incongruent with the Irish theme (grilled chicken, Western burger), and the ones that did fit on the menu fell flat.

Robbie Fox's Public House in Tempe claims to be "the genuine article," but its menu is strictly hit-and-miss.
Jackie Mercandetti
Robbie Fox's Public House in Tempe claims to be "the genuine article," but its menu is strictly hit-and-miss.

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Robbie Fox's Public House

640 S. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Tempe

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Robbie Fox's Public House
640 South Mill Avenue, Tempe
480-642-6442
www.robbiefoxs.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily; 4 to 7 p.m. happy hour Monday through Friday

Irish-style potato cakes: $8
Corned beef sandwich: $9
Curry chicken: $13
Lamb stew: $12

The Foley sandwich, featuring vine tomatoes, basil, Irish cheddar, and scallions with a tarragon cream dressing was nothing more than a flavorless BLT, sans bacon, served between over-toasted bread. The biggest loser was the signature Robbie Fox sandwich. It arrived as an open-face, wobbly Jenga tower of food. Between the undercooked eggs, the Irish bacon, the (again) over-toasted bread, and an unappealing garden of iceberg lettuce, the dish went practically untouched.

Servers in Robbie's dining room were friendly but inexperienced and not altogether knowledgeable about the menu they were serving. And on each of my visits, dirty dishes sat way too long, indicating the place is sorely in need of bussers. The one area each of my servers had no problem getting excited about? Robbie Fox's happy hour.

Say no more.

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Comedy Schmomedy
Comedy Schmomedy

Ha! When I went, the food was terrible (this review seems nice), the service was hit and miss, twice different servers almost dumped soup and coffee in my lap because of their shaking hands and make sure to check the glassware for cracks.. seriously long cracks in 3 out of 4 of our glasses. I'll bet the happy hour is awesome though, drunk people in Tempe don't care what they eat. Am I generalizing? So what, it's true.

frf's
frf's

Anyone like Robbie Fox's on mill? Think twice. They promised things for the charity pub crawl for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society this weekend and then the manager told us (about 30 people) that they only said they'd give discounts to get us in there but had no intention of upholding . . . get the word out. The road to hell is paved with good intentions but....is walked by bad people. (P.S. just went to their website and they were offering $1 off draught and well drinks until 5pm...)

Dee and Deandra
Dee and Deandra

Laura Hahnefat maybe if u didnt eat so much food would taste good. man ur huge

CelticBella
CelticBella

have you ever been to the UK? I have, and I've had the fish and chips at Robbies is very authentic. not only that, they don't claim a shepherds pie, they call it what it is.. cottage pie. be kind, I go to many irish pubs and Robbies is pretty damn good. Too expensive for my blood sure. but they are authentic

Comedy Schmomedy
Comedy Schmomedy

I spent two months in Edinburgh. This shitty, tasteless, boring excuse for food bears no resemblance whatsoever to anything I ate in Scotland. Well, there was garbage in the streets. I would compare it to that.

 
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