Galway Arms - Chicago
Just when you think you've visited the best Irish pub in Chicago, you visit another one that is just as good or better. The Irish really know how to have a good time. Take Galway Arms, for example. Located at 2442 North Clark Street, north of Fullerton, east of Lincoln Park, it is housed in a rambling old brownstone that features three dining rooms. The centerpiece of the pub is a large heated patio with a cozy dining space. Patrons watch English Premier League and MSL football games on television and listen to popular Paddy Homan and Friends and live Irish music on Sunday night.
Open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from noon to 2 a.m. on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from noon to 2 a.m. on Monday, Galway Arms offers a pint of Guinness and a menu filled with delicious munchies. My wife and I started with seafood chowder, crispy chicken tenders and fries with Smithwick's BBQ sauce and chicken Caesar salad with chopped romaine, parmesan and croutons tossed in classic Caesar dressing with grilled chicken. For an entree, my wife chose beer battered fish and chips, golden fried Icelandic cod and steak fries with house-made tartar sauce, cole slaw and lemon. I couldn't resist a creamy chicken pot pie with cauliflower, carrots, potatoes, sweet peas, onions and celery topped with a puffed pastry. As good as any chicken pot pie I have experienced. For dessert, we shared a large slice of Irish cream cheesecake with chocolate sauce and a large portion of Celtic bread and butter pudding with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Did I forget to mention that the bountiful menu also included such tempting dishes as traditional Shepherd's pie, Guinness beef stew, corned beef and cabbage, braised lamb shank, baby back ribs and half-roasted chicken? Does it get any better than this? Even in Ireland?
By Taylor B.