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McGuire’s Irish Pub in Pensacola

No visit to Pensacola, Florida is complete without visiting two locally owned restaurants, Flounder’s on Santa Rosa Sound and McGuire’s Irish Pub on E. Gregory St.  As fate would have it both are owned by the same people. We’ll visit Flounder’s another time, for now we’ll focus on the Irish pub with the oak and copper brewery.

McGuires Irish Pub is bursting with personality. From the iconic double decker bus that helps confused tourist find their way to the dollar bills hanging from the ceiling everything at McGuire’s screams character.  Oh, and be careful when going to the restroom, that’s all I’m going to say on the subject.  But schtick and charisma will only get you so far in the restaurant industry.  To make it since 1977 you have got to have the goods.

McGuire’s features both remarkable food and a full blown brewery churning craft beers like Wild Irish Raspberry Wheat, Red Ale, Light Ale, Porter and Irish Stout.  Brewery tours with brewmasters Tom Anderson or Madison Roane are available upon request adn home brewers are even encouraged to take home a bit of McGuire’s yeast.

The food is an adventure it and of itself.  Appetizers like Senate Bean Soup (only .18 with a meal) and Ruben Eggrolls (featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate) set the tone for a meal just left of center.  They half an ocean of seafood, plenty of pasta, steaks, chops and 28 (count ’em 28) different burgers.  Check out patron the Garbage Burger that was featured on Outrageous Food hosted by Aaron McCargo Jr. below. McGuire’s also has another pub down the road in Destin.

Video Recipe: St. Patrick’s Day Rouxben

St. Patrick’s Day is the one day each year where everyone in America is Irish.  For this St. Paddy’s Day I’m taking the traditional Ruben and Going Coastal.  You won’t believe the flavor of this sandwich and you can’t buy it anywhere.  If you want one, you’ll have to make it.  Here’s how:

Irish Blessing: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
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2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
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