Taste | Limerick's Tavern
By: Chef Alex Rivas
This week I didn’t have to go far for my next taste assignment—with just a few minutes’ drive, I found myself at Limerick’s Tavern. Settled in the middle of a shopping center in Upland, here you find yourself at a gastropub like no other in the area. I had heard good chatter from friends about the great food served at Limerick’s Tavern, so I couldn’t wait to see what magic went on inside.
As you walk in to the tavern, straight ahead the bar greets you with a variety of beers on tap. You’ll also notice a very nice collection of whiskeys, something unique to the IE that Limerick’s is proud to share with its patrons.
After receiving a warm welcome, I sat down and began looking over the menu. I was overwhelmed at all the different options they had to try and wondered how I would limit myself to only a few items when I really wanted to try everything. Soon, the young and very passionate Chef Denni introduced himself, and he proceeded to offer and recommend almost every item on the menu to us. Unfortunately, my stomach couldn’t handle all of it, so we narrowed it down to some of Limerick’s Taverns’ most signature tastes.
We decided to start the night with the very interesting and delicious Irish Pub Nachos. Nachos, you say? Yes, but not your average piles of cheesy nachos, these nachos showcased the meat. With layers of bacon, pastrami, and house-made corned beef hash, every bite was a new burst of flavor. They were not greasy, not heavy, but balanced nicely with the crunchy potato chips made in-house.
I followed the appetizer with a bowl of The England Double Clam, Clam Chowder, which from its title does not disappoint one bit. It comes with double the clams, bacon, potatos, celery . . . everything that an original recipe contains, but with flavor that is out of this world. This is a dish I will return to Limerick’s to enjoy over and over again. The creamy chowder isn’t too thick, and the clams are plentiful.
Next up was the Margherita Pizza, and as it arrived, we could see that it has a thin, crispy crust and you could smell the fresh tomato sauce. As you take the first bite, you can taste the bright tomato sauce, followed by a nice sweetness from the chiffonade basil on top. It was a great way to get the night started, and I could not wait to taste the rest.
Chef Denni’s recommendation for dinner had me excited. We had the Fish & Chips, the Harp Beer battered cod was seasoned nicely. You can see the seasoning in the batter and was complimented nicely by the house made tartar sauce. I loved that it had a little more citrus in it and mimics the use of squeezing lemon over my Harp Battered Fish, all paired with the garlic canon back potato fries that were delicious.
Chef Denni followed the Fish & Chips with Limerick’s Herb-Rubbed Chicken Breast—it was cooked to perfection. I couldn’t get enough of the creamy basil pesto. I layered my bites with the creamy mashed potatoes and the crunch from the vegetables. I couldn’t remember the last time I had a great piece of chicken smothered in a perfect pesto. It made for a classic hearty dish that wasn’t too heavy but filled with great flavors.
One would think the night was over, but then the final dish had come out. The cherry on top of a great dinner was Limerick’s Taverns’ Bread Pudding - a giant stack of bread pudding topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. We may add this to our last meal bucket list. The bread pudding was soft, the caramel sauce light and not too sweet as to overpower the other components. The vanilla ice cream just made it even more pleasing with the creaminess. It was a dessert I will be ordering again.
As I sat in my seat looking over all the leftovers I thought to myself, how great Limerick’s Tavern would be for a first date. It has all the right elements—great selection of beer and whiskey, great food, comfortable atmosphere. From the hearty appetizers to great entrees, and not to mention a great large dessert that you could share with a friend, family member or date.
Limerick’s Tavern is great for all those who enjoy a night out with friends or family. I can’t wait to see what Chef Denni has in store for the future. With almost everything coming out of the kitchen from scratch, you can appreciate the time it takes to get your food. You can see, smell, and taste the quality and passion behind every dish, and that will have me coming back for more in the near future.
Limerick's Tavern is located at 1234 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland, CA, 91786. They are open Sunday thru Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 12a.m. and Thursday thru Saturday, 11a.m. to 2a.m. Check out their website to find out more!