Carrigan’s Pub — October 1, 2017

It was October 1, and fall seemed to be descending upon us rapidly. But, it was one of those beautifully sunny fall days that made for perfect riding — and the perfect Sunday Funday adventure.

Since BikerSpot Magazine was hosting Sunday Funday at Carrigan’s Pub (a place we had yet to try), we were headed down the valley and across the river to East Peoria. And since it was the ideal autumn afternoon, what better route to take than the curvy, climby road through Detweiller Park?

Detweiller Park

The road through Detweiller Park is one of our favorite routes down into the river valley.

The trees had just started to turn, a forest of color about to emerge. Ah, fall riding. I could almost forget the coming winter. Almost.

More Detweiller Park

Detweiller Park offers hills, curves and beautiful scenery, but remember to take it slow — you never know when there will be an oncoming car around a bend.

One More in Detweiller Park

If you’re ever looking for a good rest stop or outdoorsy destination, Detweiller Park is a great option with sheltered picnic areas, miles of hiking trails and acres of open green space.

Illinois River

The Illinois River looked smooth and serene on this picture perfect October day.

The crisp air meant a short ride, so we made it to our destination in no time. Like most of the places we visit ahead of a Sunday Funday, Carrigan’s was full of life. Instead of reading the menu, I got lost watching the staff hustle and bustle around the bar preparing for the day’s festivities. At some point, I realized I needed to focus and got serious about my lunch order.

Carrigan’s Appetizer Menu

Carrigan’s Pub boasts a wide range of appetizers — from Nachos and Onion Rings to Cheese Fries and Buffalo Wings.

The menu at Carrigan’s is impressive, with more than a dozen appetizers, two dozen sandwiches, multiple salads and a few larger dinner options.

Carrigan’s Main Menu

The menu at Carrigan’s also features daily specials and several sandwiches, like the Grilled Cheese, Philly Steak and Turkey Club, as well as multiple burgers including the Bacon Cheddar and Grilled Jalapeno.

It took me forever to pick something (that was a lot of menu to read), and when I did, it was a complete indulgence — the Lucky Horseshoe.

Salads and Drinks at Carrigan’s

Carrigan’s also offers half a dozen salads, a decent kid’s menu and an all-you-can-eat salad bar on Thursday through Saturday.

Of the available proteins, including hamburger, corned beef and turkey, I chose the Philly steak (without green peppers and onions, of course). The toast was nearly impossible to find under the generous layer of cheesy goodness but was thick and buttery when uncovered. The homemade fries were crisp with a slight saltiness that cut through the cheese sauce in just the right way to keep it from overwhelming your palate.

He chose a different cheese-based option — the Swiss Mushroom Burger with a side of homemade chips. The half-pound patty was smothered in grilled mushrooms and melty Swiss. Unlike many typical mushroom and Swiss burgers, this one was served with lettuce, onion, tomato and pickle on the side, a nice touch that added a fresh snap to the sandwich. The chips also were tasty, crunchy and salty — exactly how I like them.

Our Lunch at Carrigan’s

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Carrigan’s: Swiss Mushroom Burger and Chips for him and the Lucky Horseshoe with Philly Steak meat for me.

After lunch, we hung out and listened to JuJu Jonny play for a while before calling it a day. The sun was high in the sky at that point, the ideal time to ride home while enjoying the warm, soothing sunshine.

Note: Carrigan’s Pub is located at 5506 N. Main Street in East Peoria, Ill. It opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at noon on Sunday.

About cmiles

Motorcycle passenger who loves the wind and wants to share great ride experiences with others. View all posts by cmiles

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