Visiting a friend for a few days in Calgary Alberta, we went out for lunch. Not being familiar with Calgary, I asked him for advice on any good local pubs. He told me there was a place just down the road that some other friends liked. He pulled into Jack Asters . . . . Now this friend is not the aficionado of "Pubs" that I am, so I can't really blame him. I did notice that across the parking lot was a place called Ceile's Modern Irish Pub. I suggested perhaps we try there. Now I have nothing against Jack Asters, but I like to try some place different. I believe that Celile's is a bit of a chain, as I see there is another in Vancouver, but it was a place I had not tried before.
They had a good selection of beer, although I did not see anything really local, but I did find a couple I had not tried previously, and sitting out on their patio in the beautiful September Calgary sunshine, the ice cold beer was wonderful.
Now they had some Irish food, such as Shepherds Pie, but there was also local beef hamburgers, and I doubt that Ireland still has many Bison, but my Bison Burger was still excellent, cooked perfectly and with a very nice blend of toppings. The French Fries were very good, crispy and hot. Now my wife had a Thai dish - not really an Irish dish, and my friend had Jambalaya (New Orleans is Jambalaya!) Irish or not, my wife reports that although she did not expect the fresh pineapple in it, she completely enjoyed her Thai dish. Although my friend had never had 'real' Jambalaya, he reported that it was good, and he would order it again. There are other menu items that looked very interesting, and I'd certainly go back to try some other things.
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