Photos of Timothy’s Pub by Michael Gleason Photography
Take a bite of a third-pound freshly ground, juicy burger loaded with bacon, chipotle Monterey Jack cheese, fresh mushrooms, onions and green peppers and, to make it even more delectable, caramelized with tequila and homemade barbecue sauce. Makes you salivate just reading about it. And that is why this savory burger – called the Maggie Meadow Boozy Burger – won the Flint-based Burgers and Brews first place award last year. In fact, the kitchen of Timothy’s Pub on the east side of Flint captured this title two years in a row.
When you step inside the quaint, 40-year-old establishment on Robert T. Longway Boulevard, you initially will see a bar look with a pool table, darts, a few folks enjoying a beer at the bar and light conversation. But, almost immediately you will feel right at home. Customers are happy and friendly, the staff are welcoming, the atmosphere is warm and inviting and the aromas coming from the kitchen are addicting. You just found your home away from home.
On its website, Timothy’s Pub is described as a place for “good times, good food, good drinks, and no blarney.” Instead, the website should read “great times, some of the best food you ever will eat, along with plenty of great drink choices and a lot of fun.” Now, that is no blarney!
Theresa Sarhan, the general manager of Timothy’s Pub, also speaks quite modestly about the establishment where she happily and gratefully has worked for the past 26 years.
“Our burgers are delicious,” she says simply. “We buy our meat locally; in fact, we buy as much as we can locally to support our community. We love Flint and are so proud that we have been able to serve its people for 40 years. That’s probably what we want to brag most about.”
“Our food speaks for itself,” she continues. With an appetizer menu of some 20 items – from hand-dipped portabello mushrooms to Irish nachos and Baja rolls – you will want to try them all.
The extensive menu also includes hand-tossed pizza and Stromboli, a large variety of sandwiches and salads, Timothy’s own walleye dinner, Koegel Vienna hot dogs, homemade soups and chips and, of course, the best burgers around!
“Most of our food is made from scratch right here in our kitchen,” Sarhan points out. “And we offer daily specials every day of the week. You will just have to come back again and again to try something new on the menu. You will not be disappointed.”
When asked how this small neighborhood bar can produce award-winning burgers two years in a row, Sarhan just smiles, shrugs and says, “We get in the kitchen and just start working. Maggie – from 101.5 [FM] – along with our staff, roll up our sleeves and start creating.”
Sarhan finds the people more special than the award-winning product. “Everybody is welcome and everybody feels welcome,” she says. “That’s why I’ve been here for 26 years. Anyone will feel comfortable here – sitting at the bar for a beer and a burger, having lunch with coworkers, stopping in for happy hour or joining our karaoke night. We have something for everyone, and we are most proud to be serving Flint for over 40 years. There’s a lot of good people in this town, and I am very happy to serve them. We just want to make sure all of our customers are happy.
“I’d like to think we are the little gem on the east side of Flint.”
Happy hours are a daily occurrence: all day Sundays, Mondays from 3 p.m. to close for men, Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to close for women and Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. The pub features karaoke Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights; entertainment on Saturday nights; live broadcasts twice a month with 101.5 FM featuring a Coach’s Corner with the Flint Firebirds and pool and dart leagues.
“You will just have to come back again and again to try something new on the menu. You will not be disappointed.” —Theresa Sarhan
St. Patrick’s Day will be a real celebration at Timothy’s Pub. The Three Grand Band will play Irish singalong music, and, of course, the special of the day will be corned beef and cabbage, along with Irish stew in a bread bowl.
Timothy’s Pub is open seven days a week. The pub is located at 2890 Robert T. Longway Blvd. in Flint. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sundays from noon to 9 p.m. For takeout, call 810-239-0972.
Check out their website, http://timothyspubflint.com.