The trouble with trouble is it starts out as fun…
And we’re damn good at changing fun into trouble. But why were we at McKibbin’s Irish Pub in the West Island? It doesn’t suit our usual M.O., but we hate being predictable. The friends that we cause the most trouble with are the Vortex Survivors, a group of friends, mostly from Ville St-Laurent (St-Lau) who hang out, hook up, drink excessively and are prone to poor decision making in Diva #1’s Vortex, the affectionate term for her apartment. This was one of those outings! We decided to enjoy a nice 5 à 7 after work, and since we all work in the West Island or St-Lau, we ended up at McKibbin’s Irish Pub.
What started as a group of 5 turned into a group of 20 because Diva #1 got involved, she’s the Queen of THE mass text, inviting all her friends when she’s roaming our fine city. It’s a pub in the West Island, we didn’t expect much, but we had a great time. We don’t drink beer (sorry!) but they have a great 5 à 7 until 8pm where you can make all your drinks doubles – definitely our style!
Of course we were feeling peckish so we ordered a bunch of appetizers for our 5 à 7 that ended at 11:30pm at night. The Guinness Beef Nachos was recommended by one of our West Island friends (he’s our only West Island friend lol) who is a repeat customer at McKibbin’s West Island. The Nachos were heavy but dirty good with ½ lb Guinness meat sauce, plenty of melted cheese and green onions. They did not skimp out on the meat, and nothing is worse than nachos with minimal toppings. Served with salsa and sour cream, they were delish!
The chicken tenders were very tasty, wonderful crispy skin enveloped moist white chicken. They were served with fries and both a Guinness BBQ and honey mustard sauce, perfect pub food that went well with all the booze we were consuming. As much as we were amused that we were at McKibbin’s we were very much enjoying ourselves in the lively atmosphere. We also ordered the quesadillas but managed to eat them before taking a picture, dear readers, are you even surprised anymore?
You know how much we love pickles, and if you don’t it’s because you’re not paying attention. Dill flavoured breading enveloped the deep fried pickles, aka frickles, that were served with a spicy ranch dip. Dirty good lil’ snack for pickle lovers. We have one friend who eats peanut butter and pickle sandwiches, but he’s actually from the West Island, not from St-Lau, so we think it’s a thing they do out in the boonies. We don’t actually know what their foreign customs are like.
Since we’re adult children we ordered two orders of the spicy cheddar sticks, reminiscent of the mozzarella sticks of our childhood and many drunken nights as adults. Tortilla chip crusted sharp cheddar cheese with hints of green chili, tomato and Mexican seasoning. These cheese sticks were served with a chipotle mayo dip. We liked all the varied sauces that Mckibbin’s offered with their different appetizers.
And because we’re gluttons we tossed in another order of nachos, but this time they were less intense than the Guinness Beef Nachos, these had diced tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, onions, bacon and cheddar. They too were served with salsa and sour cream on the side, but they could have used more toppings, they were a little sparse.
McKibbin’s Irish Pub, you’re not so bad for a West Island haunt, we actually had a pretty good time, the staff was friendly, the live music was a lot of fun to sing-along-to, and the pub food was tasty! But let’s be honest, it’s the company that makes a good night into a terrific soirrée and the Vortex Survivors always have a good time when they’re together!
Our Rating: As Expected
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