Taste of Ireland 2

The Skeptical Chymist Serves Up an Amazing Alchemy of Authentic Favorites

Tucked away on the southwest corner of Frank Lloyd Wright and the 101 is a quaint Irish restaurant and pub that serves authentic Irish food and craft beer seven days a week.

I fell in love with the décor and atmosphere as soon as I entered the restaurant. Decorated with an Old World ambiance to reflect the pubs found in Ireland, it’s the perfect place to escape and relax. The wonderful décor includes unique pieces from Ireland, Scotland and England, as well as beautifully painted murals of Ireland done by an Irish artist.

Unique Name

Owner Trevor Kingston wanted to bring a bit of his Irish roots to Scottsdale so others could experience an authentic Irish pub. In 2006, he opened the Skeptical Chymist, which is named after a book written in 1661 by chemist Robert Boyle. Boyle is responsible for verifying the discovery of the proportional relationship between pressure and volume for gases holding the temperature constant, which is what causes Guinness to surge going from brown to black.

Kingston’s mission has always been to offer the highest quality of Irish product and deliver an authentic Irish experience.

“The Chymist spells community. We offer a quality product, good prices and a great experience,” comments Kingston. “We want everyone to have what the Irish call Craic; a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere where good times are had by all.”

Authentic Irish Food

I started my tasting with a juicy Chymist Rasher Cheeseburger, served with Rasher bacon, cheese, lettuce and tomato, along with a generous portion of hand-cut fries.

Next, I sampled the fish and chips, a nice sized portion of cod served with hand-cut fries. The fish batter was light and crispy and paired wonderfully with their tasty tartar sauce. The braised corned beef and sautéed cabbage was also extremely good. The corned beef was thick sliced and lean and served with a delicious mustard-onion demi sauce.

It would be difficult to choose an Irish favorite from everything I sampled. However, the Shepherd’s Pie did stand out. It’s made with ground lamb, root vegetables, savory gravy and topped with mashed potatoes. It was very moist and flavorful—one of the best I’ve tasted.

I highly recommend you save room for the homemade bread pudding served with a delicious vanilla custard. It’s the perfect treat to end a meal.

Chef Samuel Russell also offers many other selections, including appetizers, flatbread pizza, salads, sandwiches and entrees. A full menu is listed on their website. The Chymist is also known as a “Craft Centric” pub that serves quality import and American craft beers. A large chalkboard behind the bar lists their many choices.

St. Patrick’s Day

Be sure to mark your calendar and join in on the Chymist’s St. Patty’s Day celebration, starting at 8 a.m. with a traditional Irish breakfast that includes Irish banger blood sausage, Rasher bacon, eggs, grilled tomato, baked beans and wheaten bread. Another favorite is the Boxty, a potato pancake stuffed with corned beef. Lunch and dinner will have Irish favorites, and the parking lot will have live Irish music from 1p.m.-11p.m. It’s one of the most popular celebrations in town and not to be missed.


Skeptical Chymist

15689 North Hayden Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85260