Gilroy’s Kitchen Pub & Patio {West Des Moines}

After a long morning of sweating our tails off this past Saturday morning at the Downtown Farmers Market, with a quick stop to The Picker Knows, we were tired and starving– and thirsty.

A few weeks ago, driving through West Des Moines, I noticed a new restaurant had moved in on 8th Street, just south of the freeway. With everything moving way out west into Dallas County, it was nice to see a new restaurant popping up that is NOT in the Jordan Creek or West Glen area.

After running our errands, my husband and I had our usual back and forth conversation of:

“Where do you want to eat at?”

“I don’t care. Wherever you want to go is fine.”

“I’ll eat anywhere. You can decide.”

“Well, it doesn’t matter to me. You pick.”

After a couple more minutes of this modern day version of Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s On First?”, I finally caved. I mentioned this new place I had seen that wasn’t too far away.

Enter Gilroy’s, a restaurant offering “Stylish American comfort food”. Because we went in the middle of the afternoon, it wasn’t busy. A few people brave enough to face the heat and humidity to sit out on the patio (thankfully the patio was in the shade), a few tables of people in the main dining area, and a few more tables of people in the bar area.

We were immediately greeted and directed to a high-top table in the bar area. Within seconds of being seated, a very friendly server had taken our drink orders. My husband ordered a Bloody Mary. After scoping out the rows of copper mugs lined up at one end of the bar, I decided to go with one of their famous Moscow Mules– a pineapple one, to be exact, thanks to our server’s suggestion. 

My pineapple Mule was absolutely perfect.  After a long day of walking, it definitely hit the spot.  

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We decided to start with an appetizer. If you know anything about me, you have learned my extreme love and devotion for God’s gift to mankind, the fried pickle.  Of course we had to order some of these, which the menu described as “Celery seed tempura fried pickles with ranch dressing.” 

We expected a plate of dill pickle chips, but what we got was this monstrous plate of fried pickle spears.  They were served HOT and FAST, just like every good appetizer should be.  (And just an FYI… they also serve a Fried Pickle Burger..*swoon*)

See the picture below?  That was just ONE of the five pickles we got.  I had to hurry and take this picture before my husband stabbed me in the hand with his fork as we both fought over the last one.

Gilroy's Fried Pickles - comes in a plate of five. $7.99
Gilroy’s Fried Pickles – comes in a plate of five. $7.99
My husband ordered the Pork Tenderloin, which as you can see from the picture below, he had to cut into pieces because it was bigger than the bun. Hand breaded and crispy, it definitely did not disappoint. It also came with a side of french fries,

Pork Tenderloin - $11.99
Pork Tenderloin – $11.99
I opted for the Grilled Chicken Sandwich and fries. It was topped with lettuce, onion, tomato, and {YUMMY} garlic mayo. It was a really good-sized sandwich and very tasty. I was so full from the sandwich and those heavenly fried pickles that I only managed to eat a couple fries. We boxed up the fries to take home, and I ended up eating them all for lunch on Sunday. 🙂

Grilled Chicken Sandwich - $10.99
Grilled Chicken Sandwich – $10.99
All in all, we were pleasantly surprised with Gilroy’s.   Good food, good drinks, and do I need to even mention the fried pickles again?

We’ll definitely be back!

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Gilroy’s is located at 1238 8th Street in West Des Moines. For you locals, you might remember it as the old Jimmy’s American Cafe building.

They are open Sunday through Thursday from 7am-11pm, Fridays & Saturdays from 7am-12am.

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.  You might want to follow them just in case they post pictures of the fried pickles.  

One thought on “Gilroy’s Kitchen Pub & Patio {West Des Moines}

  • October 10, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Looks like a delicious stop we’ll have to try the next time we’re in the Metro!


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