Sheree K. Nielsen
McGurks Public House
Hearty Irish Fare
108 South Main Street, O’Fallon, might trace its structural roots back to 1862 as Westhoff Mercantile, the oldest run business in O’Fallon, but today it is home to McGurk’s Public House. McGurk’s Public House delivers the ambience of a traditional Irish pub but with the upscale menu of a fine restaurant.
The pub, owned by Patrick Holloran (who also co-owns McGurk’s in St. Louis), boasts a wide selection of libations: draught and bottled beer, Irish whiskies, small-batch bourbons, and single-malt scotches.
Patrons should try the juicy center-cut Double-Thick Iowa Pork Chop, grilled, then oven-roasted. A generous size chop, topped with fruit reduction, it is perfectly complemented by French green lentils, smoked bacon, and Gruyere potato gratin. Another pub favorite, Bangers and Mash, pairs savory housemade garlic sausage with Yukon mashed potatoes and Guinness pan gravy—hearty Irish fare by anyone’s standards!