I love getting recommendations from people, so when I was asked to try Carrigan Arms Pub I had to go. As I walked into this pub, I was welcomed right away ( I love that) and yet I just felt a very warm tingling feeling. Not just because it was like -20 out that day, but when I enter a restaurant. I usually get a feeling that it’s going to go really really well, or really really bad. Carrigan Arms Pub is all about family, it’s outgoing staff always making sure everyone is fine and glasses are full. It’s also about warm hearty comfort food. Homemade in house potato & cheddar pierogies are creamy, fluffy and light with every bite, served with crispy bacon, onions & sour cream ( it’s a secret family recipe) and from this half Polish chic to Debbie the Ukrainian owner of Carrigan Arms we never give up our pierogie recipe. The fresh cut fries  are served sizzling hot with just the right amount of salt. Mozzarella  sticks are always a gooey favourite of mine. My homemade creamy broccoli cheddar soup was hot and comforting, with chunks of broccoli it just hit the spot. My soup was served with an open faced Chicken Sandwhich, again I will mention all homemade. Seasoned roasted chunks of chicken so moist & tender served on a fresh slice of panini bread dressed with a warm gravy & homemade slaw. I had to try dessert and I’m so glad I did. We ordered the homemade lemon tart and butter tart. Let me just tell you! The lemon tart was like a lemon shortbread cookie it comes served hot and once this tart hits your tastebuds……OMG! It’s like a warm summer day in your mouth. The butter tart was full of raisins soaked in a golden syrup, surrounded by homemade pastry, with vanilla ice cream. So Da-Lish!

Carrigan Arms also has a special way about it, if you look around the bar you will see some rainbow flags hanging about. This meant a lot to me, they are the flags that stand for LGBT Movement Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual & Transgender social movements. This is something you see more around Toronto, not Burlington so it was a breath of fresh air to see. The colors representing the diversity of our communities, something we can all learn about. With so much ugliness in the world I think we just need a lot more rainbows. Smile people and show kindness to one another.

Boston may have Cheers & Chicago may have the Green Mile Cocktail Lounge but Burlington has Carrigan Arms where you enter as a stranger but you leave as family. Amazing staff, kid friendly, live entertainment, and overall a great place to get some drinks and pub grub.

Deb and David thank you for the great hospitality. This Breeder will be back, see you soon. I can’t believe you called me that! Deb you are a true Bartender ( Tell it like it is) I love it!



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Melinda Paletta

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