4.00 Stars – Overall Experience
4.00 Stars – Price
3.75 Stars – Service
4.25 Stars – Food
4.00 Stars – Atmosphere
Deluxe Veggie Burger
Side of House Cut Fries
Ready to explore your Irish roots? Well go enjoy some good food, fun games and plenty to drink at Stout Irish Pub in Cabbagetown, Toronto!
Having been to Ireland myself, I can say that Stout Irish Pub offers a very authentic feel when it comes to atmosphere. A two level restaurant with mixed seating (stools at the bar, wooden tables or a booth if you are lucky), this pub has exposed brick and wood galore, making you feel that you have been transported overseas to a quaint watering-hole in Dublin. With plenty of windows, the pub offers great natural light during the day and there is even a large fire place on the lower level to sit by during the cold winter months. As an added bonus, right at the entrance way there are a TON of board games for you to grab and enjoy playing as you sit around with friends and/or loved ones having a few pints.
When my husband and I first walked in, we were a bit confused as to what to do. There was no greeting station and no sign indicating if we should wait to be seated. Cautiously, we moved upstairs until we found a waitress who told us we could sit wherever we liked. Our waitress was very friendly and fast on taking our orders. Food got out quickly and she made sure to check how we were doing. She also left a jug of water on our table which I really like as it allows me to fill my glass as needed.
I decided to give their Deluxe Veggie Burger a shot as the toppings seemed very interesting and I love a good bean-based patty. I chose their house-cut fries as a side and was pleasantly surprised that they had vegetarian gravy as an option, which I happily ordered. The burger was fantastic! Had a great kick of heat from the fried pickled jalapeno and spicy aioli and all together was a great combination of texture and flavours. The fries were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside and had a delicious seasoning on them. My only disappointment was the vegetarian gravy, which I found to be too sweet, but despite this I still give them top marks for even have it to offer!
My husband was more in the brunch mood, so he ordered their Peameal & Egger Poutine, which he devoured to the last bite. It consisted of perfectly poached eggs served over homefries and ham all “drowning” in some delicious Hollandaise sauce. Fun play on a Canadian classic.
What is Stout Irish Pub doing for St. Patrick’s Day?
Before heading out, I had to ask our waitress what their game plan was for St. Patrick’s Day 2017. Well if you are looking for good food (and yes they have Irish classics on the menu among other things), a traditional pub feel, irish music and clog dancing then head out to Stout Irish Pub on Mar 17th! The green beer will be flowing 🙂
*Note* They do not take reservations on St. Patrick’s Day so be sure to come early as it is first come, first served with tables.
To my pleasant surprise there were actually quite a few vegetarian options on the menu and other items that I think could easily be adapted to vegetarian. Lots to choose from and plenty to drink of course.
Not the cheapest menu, but the portions are a decent size and the food is very good too, so overall I would say there is good value.
Time of Lunch: 1:00pm
Date: Sat Mar 11th, 2017
For more information, please check out their website at http://www.stoutirishpub.ca