|The prime rib burger at The Brogue is tasty and done perfectly. Simple ingredients are all that are needed here.|
What makes you feel comfortable at this pub is the home-style atmosphere. Waitresses are friendly and willing to serve you as soon as you sit down.
The menu is simple, good pub food including standard appetizers, a few pasta dishes, pub-style sandwiches, and a few main entrees (including steak, fish and other seafood offerings). You won't be raving about the quality of the food, but you won't be complaining either.
During our visit, Frank and I decided to try the Bruschetta ($6.50) to satisfy our initial hunger. We quickly realized this is not a gastro-pub, but one that focuses on making simple dishes appetizing and perfect for a no-fuss meal. The Bruschetta includes freshly cut tomatoes, a bit of basil and feta cheese crumbled over top. Simple, uncomplicated but delicious. One plate comes with three pieces of bread, cut in half making it enough to share between two people.
The prime rib burger ($9.95) with added blue cheese is satisfying - the portion-size is perfect and the meat is grilled well. It's juicy - a sign that the chef knows when to flip and remove off the grill. The French Fries are not fresh-cut, but do the trick. They are fried just enough so they aren't too soggy or burnt.
One pound of medium chicken wings ($10) also satisfies a craving for meat. However medium ends up tasting like hot - either there's been a mix-up in the kitchen or it's just a very hot medium sauce! The wings are dusted and crispy, making for good eating.
|A bit too hot for my taste (but not Frank's), the medium wings are coated with flavour making for a colourful dish.|
Our friend Melissa joined us for this pub visit. She chose one of the specials - one-pound of mussels in a creamy tomato sauce. It's a huge serving but worth every bite. The mussels are cooked well, and the sauce is delicious, making it impossible not to sop it up with bread.
|Our friend Melissa, digging into the one pound serving of mussels that were on special today.|
As an "Irish Pub" in style, it has all the decor that makes you feel like you are in a place that would welcome you after a long day at work. One area has a wooden bar, bar stools and tables set up for easy mingling. In the evenings, this is where people congregate - and when you pause to take in the scene, these are people who live in the neighbourhood. They know each other. They are regulars.
Other areas of this large pub have more of a restaurant feel to them, with tables seating two or four, candle lights and a nicely decorated space. The walls have tastefully spaced out artwork - no mish-mash of mementos or antique-like bronze plates.
The Brogue Inn is about good eating, in a comfortable environment. There are no bells and whistles here, but that's all you really need to expect. No wonder it's a popular spot in Port Credit. It's worth the visit on a weeknight after a long day at work.
The Brogue Inn
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