Compared to American bars, Irish pubs typically have more stouts on tap and more neon signs shaped like potatoes on walls. Delight in stouts and starches with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Irish fare and drinks at Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant. This Groupon is valid at the Downers Grove, Aurora, and Bloomingdale locations.
Ballydoyle specializes in comforting Irish fare and even more comforting Irish ales. Folks will wonder why more meat isn't corned after trying the star of Ballydoyle's sandwiches, the corned beef on marble rye (8.95). Heartier Irish specialties include shepherds pie ($11.95), Bangers and Mashed ($11.95), and Dinny's Irish Fry—an aorta-challenging amalgamation of Irish bacon, Irish sausage, black-and-white pudding, grilled tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, baked beans, two eggs any style, toast, and the keys to Dublin for those that clean their plates ($12.95). Another Irish specialty, boxty ($11.95–$13.95), wraps a homemade potato griddle cake around a variety of fillings, such as vegetables, chicken, and Larry Bird's NBA championship rings. An Irish pub would just be Denny's without an extensive list of draft and bottled beer. Ballydoyle's is one of the only pubs that serves McCaffrey's Irish Cream Ale, making it as delicious as it is exclusive.
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The Downers Grove location of Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant was reviewed by Centerstage Chicago, and TripAdvisors give the location three-and-a-half owl eyes. Yelpers also give the Downers Grove location, the Aurora location, and the Bloomingdale location three-and-a-half stars each.
- It's hard to say no to the dozen or so hearty taps that stare you down when you enter the downtown Downers Grove hot spot. – Jim Collins, Downers Grove location, Centerstage Chicago
- The food is really, really good. I've had a lot of different things on the menu, and all of them have been great. – Erin S., Aurora location, Yelp