I didn’t want to take any chances on being hungry. The hour or so drive from Carlisle to Ski Liberty was not all that long, but add a few hours of skiing in, a tired and not-so-in-shape mother and starving and hence cranky teen daughter, and it all made a sure recipe for a very long and unpleasant ride back home in the truck. I knew this all from personal experience.
So, to circumvent this situation, I decided we would stop beforehand for a bite to eat at Garryowen Irish Pub. This classic Irish bar, and gastro-pub restaurant was first happened upon by my husband, who seems to be very lucky, but probably also, has a good sixth-sense for finding places with good eat and drink, a skill he is not ashamed to tout. He claims the tip-off was the smell of garlic coming from the kitchen out into the street.
The building itself is perched unassumingly at the end of a line of bakeries, shops and restaurants near the intersection of Washington and Chambersburg Street, which is just about a block west of the square in Gettysburg. We navigated the snowy intersection and sidewalks, and as we approached, I spied a festive sign advertising the whiskey special of the day. I later found out the restaurant offers over twenty-selections of top notch whiskeys and the list is increasing steadily.
But we finally settled on a Lamb Burger for the teen and a traditional Ulster Fry, which was a plate of white and dark sausage, Irish bacon, a fried egg and two chunky pieces of dark soda bread.
The bread was firm and crispy, and went well dipped in the egg yolk. The sausages had a fragrant unique spice different from the Italian sausage I am used to and were extremely filling. The lamb burger was cooked a gorgeous medium rare, and the fries were served upright in a holder. According to the teen foodie daughter, they were cooked perfectly. She was in such a good mood, she actually allowed me to swipe a few, and I confirmed their light crispness.
Garyowen is Irish-owned, and restauranteurs make a big effort to make sure the food is authentic. Food is prepared from scratch using family recipes.
We didn’t stay long, as it was getting to be late afternoon, and we wanted to get on with skiing. But I will keep this restaurant on my list of places to stop again. My daughter and I were well fed, and we got along a lot better on the way home... and I have a feeling that it was Garyowen that was truly my Lucky Charm!