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Skosh Monahan's Restaurant Review: From the outside, Skosh Monahan’s looks like little more than a roadside pub. And its location along the Newport Freeway is several blocks removed from the city's row of burgeoning hip eateries on 17th Street. But restaurateur and former Costa Mesa mayor Gary “Skosh” Monahan makes sure this place has both neighborhood character and pretty good food. It may feel a bit dark with little illumination from the red bulbs overhead and the glow of its 15 HD TVs, but regulars seem content to dine in the large black banquettes. There’s a range of pub-style appetizers like nachos, along with a few other surprises such as garlic mushrooms or peppered seared ahi. Among entrées, don’t miss the tender rib-eye served atop garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. Monahan always offers four Irish items on the menu, including corned beef hash, bangers and mash and lamb stew. Desserts are standard, comfortable and befitting of the ambience. The restaurant has a separate gluten- and casein-free menu, which includes a pepperoni pizza. The wine list is sophisticated for such a casual place, and there’s a nice selection of Irish beers on tap, too.