Eat: McNamara’s Bar and Grill

Sunday was the last day of playoffs for my all-women’s winter volleyball league. We had our first game at 10 am and then had a gap until our next game which was at 1 pm. That meant that the ladies were starving and on the hunt for food during that couple hour time frame. Five of us piled into my Vivian and headed out in the neighborhood to see if we could find a bar and grill or restaurant. After driving a little ways, we struck out and decided to head down Irving Park Rd to see what else was over there. We spotted a bar and grill tucked in the corner of Lowell and Irving Park Rd., in Chicago’s Old Irving neighborhood. It looked pretty dark, but a small chalkboard sign out in front stated that it served breakfast from 10 am – 2 pm. A bar serving breakfast? We were in!

McNamara’s seemed like a cute little Irish pub with some outdoor seating and a green and yellow color palette – pretty typical. Entering from the bar side, we were quickly greeted by a man with menus in hand who asked if we were interested in sitting the the dining area (apparently in a different room because you walked immediately into a small bar) or the bar area. Because basketball was on the TVs, we opted to sit in the bar area.

Sunday was the last day of playoffs for my all-women’s winter volleyball league. We had our first game at 10 am and then had a gap until our next game which was at 1 pm. That meant that the ladies were starving and on the hunt for food during that couple hour time frame. Five of us piled into my Vivian and headed out in the neighborhood to see if we could find a bar and grill or restaurant. After driving a little ways, we struck out and decided to head down Irving Park Rd to see what else was over there. We spotted a bar and grill tucked in the corner of Lowell and Irving Park Rd., in Chicago’s Old Irving neighborhood. It looked pretty dark, but a small chalkboard sign out in front stated that it served breakfast from 10 am – 2 pm. A bar serving breakfast? We were in!

McNamara’s seemed like a cute little Irish pub with some outdoor seating and a green and yellow color palette – pretty typical. Entering from the bar side, we were quickly greeted by a man with menus in hand who asked if we were interested in sitting the the dining area (apparently in a different room because you walked immediately into a small bar) or the bar area. Because basketball was on the TVs, we opted to sit in the bar area.

It’s a dive bar. There’s really no other way to describe it. Your typical Irish pub, with dark green walls and dark wood chairs and tables. There were several men sitting at the bar area having drinks and breakfast, and once we were seated, we were provided with breakfast menus and drink options ourselves. Admittedly, I was kind of worried of what their breakfast would entail. They had your typical morning fare of pancakes, eggs, and even eggs benedict. But when you’re in a dive bar you never know what you’re going to get. To play it on the safe side, I just picked the 2 egg breakfast which came with breakfast potatoes, toast and bacon and sausage. My friends picked everything from a breakfast skillet, to pancakes, to eggs benedict.

When our breakfast came out I was shocked to say the least. First of all – nothing looked alarming. It all came out look really great, plated excellent and looked like some good quality food! My bacon was super crispy and delicious (but a tad oversalted), the sausage links were awesome, the eggs perfectly fluffy and my breakfast potatoes had a little bit of Sante Fe tasting seasoning to them which was pretty delicious. The portions were pretty good considering my breakfast was reasonably priced at a mere $7.95! What!

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It was actually a great breakfast place, if you could get past the bar area. There were quite a few couples and families in and out of the bar on their way to and from the dining room – so it seemed like it was a “local favorite”. I’d definitely return if I was back in the area. All of their food was reasonably priced and very tasty!

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