Above / For 16 years, Omar Ruiz has been working his magic in the kitchen at Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson in downtown Naperville.
UPDATE, Jan. 25, 2019 / At lunch time, come in out of the bone-chilling cold and please your appetite with Quigley’s Soup of the Day or a delicious bowl of chili.
Today cooks are stirring up Quigley’s special homemade blend of Creamy Mushroom Burgundy, on the menu for a cup ($2.49) or a bowl ($3.99). Servers say that it’s “just delicious” and one of the favorite soups whenever it’s featured on the pub’s menu.
Homemade chili is $3.99 by the cup or $5.99 by the bowl. Chili comes topped with cheese and onions unless you say you don’t want it.
Potato Leek Soup, an everyday special, is on the menu, too, also by the cup ($2.49) and the bowl ($3.99).
Regular hours are 11:30AM to 1AM Monday through Thursday; 11:30AM to 2AM Friday, 10AM to 2AM Saturday and 10AM to midnight on Sunday. Breakfast is served from 10AM to noon on weekends.
Original Post, July 28, 2018 / How do you say “Smithwick’s Ale”?
Ask a friendly server at Quigley’s Irish Pub and you’ll hear, “’Smi-diks,’ without the ‘th’ sound and without the ‘w.'”
How do you say “Soup of the Day” on Saturday, July 28, at Quigley’s Irish Pub?
“Steak and Ale by the cup or the bowl,” said Omar Ruiz, who like magic stirs up large pots of a different delicious soup of the day every day at Naperville’s original Irish pub, located in downtown.
Friday’s soup of the day was “Cream of Chicken Chile,” a tasty concoction with a bit of a kick, served by the cup for $2.49 or by the bowl for $3.99.
When kudos were given to the kitchen manager as he was filling a large vessel with draft beer, Ruiz explained he prepares a different soup of the day every day for lunch and dinner, and that this week’s Saturday special would be “Steak and Ale.” His special cream recipe includes tender slivers of steak and several gallons of Smithwick’s Ale, all brewed with his secret mix of fresh ingredients and seasonings.
When folks plan visits to dine in downtown Naperville, they can count on Quigley’s Irish Pub to feature a soup of the day in addition to other soups such as chili, always on the full menu of authentic Irish favorites. Soup and salad specials as well as soup, salad and sandwich specials always are available, too.
Known for its dog-friendly patio for well-behaved pups on leashes and their owners outside, the layout for Quigley’s inside includes the Victorian Room and bar with snugs (partitioned booths, characteristic of Irish pubs, for patrons, usually women, who preferred not to be seen in the public bar), the Cottage Room, Country Room with bar, and the Cigar Room where no smoking is allowed. All the rooms are designed into one establishment representing the styles found in Dublin as well as in countryside inns.
The popular Cottage Room at Quigley’s was the former billiard room of Naperville Mayor Francis Austin Kendall, whose family lived in the large house in the early 1900s, according to owner Nancy Quigley.
The concept provides plenty of room and authentic food, including fish and chips, to provide “craic,” a Gaelic word for that warm welcome and fellowship with fun people that adds to the popularity of the Quigley experience. A preferred item every Monday starts with a $5 Angus burger. “Build Your Own Burger” offers patrons a chance to add all the toppings they like for a great value that is still less than the regular price ($10.99) of an Angus burger before toppings on other days.
Beginning at 8:30PM, Quigley’s hosts live music on Saturdays, too.
Regular hours are 11:30AM to 1AM Monday through Thursday; 11:30AM to 2AM Friday, 10AM to 2AM Saturday and 10AM to midnight on Sunday. Breakfast is served from 10AM to noon.