So I was watching The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and they were doing an “Eggstraordinary” episode. You know, food with eggs. Anyway, chef Robert Irvine’s pick was from McGuire’s! Now, TBTIEA has had Florida restaurants mentioned before, but almost all are ones in Miami. So I was pleasantly surprised to see the panhandle get a little love from them.
What is McGuires? It’s an Irish pub that’s been around for over thirty years. Their motto is “Feasting, Imbibery, and Debauchery”. How can you not love that, even if you ain’t Irish? The original is in Pensacola, and there’s another one in Destin. I’ve been to the Pensacola joint twice, and loved it both times. They have a tradition that on your first visit, you write your name on a dollar bill and it’s tacked to the ceiling. They estimate there’s around a quarter of a million up there at this point. You can get your money from the ATM outside, that’s in an English phonebooth. Not a police box, though, that would’ve been really cool. Their menu’s a bit pricey, but it’s all really good food. And they do have an 18 cent bowl of soup on the menu. No joke, a bowl of bean soup for 18 cents. Don’t believe me? Then see for yourself.
Robert’s choice was the Reuben eggrolls. That’s an eggroll with corned beef, sauerkraut and swiss cheese filling, and a Thousand Island dipping sauce. Next time I’m there, I’ll have to give them a try. Especially since Mom loved Reuben sandwiches. She probably would have really liked the eggrolls.