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The traditional homemade cottage pie with ground Irish beef, onions, celery and carrots, in a gravy and red wine sauce, topped with mashed potatoes, served with toasted bread and butter and a traditional Irish breakfast in the background. Served at Waxy’s Irish Pub in Frankfurt, Germany.

The traditional homemade cottage pie with ground Irish beef, onions, celery and carrots, in a gravy and red wine sauce, topped with mashed potatoes, served with toasted bread and butter and a traditional Irish breakfast in the background. Served at Waxy’s Irish Pub in Frankfurt, Germany. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

The cook must be a rugby fan.

It was early Sunday afternoon at Waxy’s Irish Pub in Frankfurt, Germany. We had come for the Sunday roast and the traditional Irish breakfast.

No roast, yet. Matches for the Six Nations Championship had been played Saturday and it had been a busy, late night, our server said. You can’t hurry a roast, unless you enjoy the texture of shoe leather.

The dish was a Sunday special, along with the Irish breakfast served on weekends, and the main reason we were sitting at an Irish pub in the middle of the day.

My wife ordered the breakfast. I examined the menu for a replacement, settling on a seasonal special, the traditional homemade cottage pie.

A traditional Irish breakfast at Waxy’s Irish Pub in Frankfurt, Germany. It is served on weekends from noon to 5 p.m. and includes two eggs, two Irish sausages, bacon, baked beans, sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomato and toast.

A traditional Irish breakfast at Waxy’s Irish Pub in Frankfurt, Germany. It is served on weekends from noon to 5 p.m. and includes two eggs, two Irish sausages, bacon, baked beans, sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomato and toast. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

The traditional homemade cottage pie with ground Irish beef, onions, celery and carrots, in a gravy and red wine sauce, topped with mashed potatoes, with toasted bread and butter, as served at Waxy’s Irish Pub in Frankfurt, Germany.

The traditional homemade cottage pie with ground Irish beef, onions, celery and carrots, in a gravy and red wine sauce, topped with mashed potatoes, with toasted bread and butter, as served at Waxy’s Irish Pub in Frankfurt, Germany. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Other choices could have been wings as a starter, or a variety of burgers, including a vegetarian version, fish and chips, barbecue ribs, beef and Guinness pie or sausage and mash as the main.

Waxy’s, just around the corner from the stock exchange in downtown Frankfurt, is probably more like a pub you would find in Dublin rather than somewhere on Ireland’s Galway Bay.

It’s roomy and its many televisions show a variety of sports. But its dark wood and leather upholstery still give it a sort of cozy pub feeling.

The main room with the bar at Waxy’s Irish Pub in Frankfurt, Germany. The pub shows a lot of live sports on the televisions scattered throughout the bar.

The main room with the bar at Waxy’s Irish Pub in Frankfurt, Germany. The pub shows a lot of live sports on the televisions scattered throughout the bar. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Inside Waxy’s Irish Pub in downtown Frankfurt, Germany. The interior is a lot of warm wood and leather.

Inside Waxy’s Irish Pub in downtown Frankfurt, Germany. The interior is a lot of warm wood and leather. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

We sipped Guinness Irish stouts while we waited for the food. They have a couple of Irish and German beers on tap and more choices by the bottle. They also have a great selection of Irish whiskeys to choose from, but they are, in my opinion, a tad pricey. And there are plenty of alcohol-free alternatives.

Two glasses of Guinness stout at Waxy’s Irish Pub in Frankfurt, Germany. The pub also has German beer on tap and a good selection of Irish whiskeys.

Two glasses of Guinness stout at Waxy’s Irish Pub in Frankfurt, Germany. The pub also has German beer on tap and a good selection of Irish whiskeys. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

The food arrived and it looked and smelled delicious. The Irish breakfast came with two eggs, two Irish sausages, bacon, baked beans, sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomato and toast with butter. The cottage pie was a casserole of ground Irish beef, onions, celery and carrots, in a gravy and red wine sauce, topped with mashed potatoes, served with toasted bread and butter.

And it tasted delicious, too.

In some ways, an Irish breakfast isn’t that much different than an American one. But Irish bacon is like Canadian bacon, rather than the strips you get in the U.S. And the spicy sausages were larger than the American variety. Scrumptious would be the perfect description.

Halfway through the pie, the roast was long forgotten. It was utterly delectable. The red wine gravy the beef was cooked in was zesty and the mashed potatoes on top were creamy but crunchy from baking in the oven. It was one of those dishes that you just don’t quite want to finish because it tastes so good.

There was no room for dessert, but they do have triple chocolate cake and an ice cream sundae on the menu.

The only gripe I had with Waxy’s was – besides no Sunday roast – that Irish butter was supposed to come with the toast and bread. But it was German.

Waxy’s Irish Pub in downtown Frankfurt, Germany. For those who are still nervous about sitting inside because of the pandemic, there is plenty of seating outside, most of it covered.

Waxy’s Irish Pub in downtown Frankfurt, Germany. For those who are still nervous about sitting inside because of the pandemic, there is plenty of seating outside, most of it covered. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Waxy’s Irish Pub in Frankfurt, Germany, offers good pub grub, a few specialties and of course, Irish beer. The Irish Gaelic on the mug reads Drink and be happy.

Waxy’s Irish Pub in Frankfurt, Germany, offers good pub grub, a few specialties and of course, Irish beer. The Irish Gaelic on the mug reads Drink and be happy. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Waxy’s

Location: Taubenstrasse 11, 60313 Frankfurt am Main. Near the stock exchange. Closest parking garage is “Boerse.” Closest subway stops are Eschenheimer Turm and Hauptwache.

Hours: Opens at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at noon Saturday and Sunday. Closes at midnight Sunday to Thursday and around 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Dress: Casual

English menu: yes

Prices: They range from 8.50 euros for five wings to 18.50 euros for the Sunday roast. Most expensive food item is a bucket of 15 wings for 21.50 euros. A half-liter of Guinness costs 6.50 euros. The most expensive thing on the menu, besides a bottle of Moet & Chardon champagne for 89 euros, is a shot of Middleton Very Rare Irish whiskey for 27 euros.

Information: Reservations, sports TV schedule and menu online at waxys.de.

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Mike is a photographer in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He has covered stories for Stripes throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan. Born in Peoria, Ill., he graduated from DODEA’s now-defunct Frankfurt American High School.
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