Midwest Living Review
When you first walk in, the St. Charles branch of this local "chain" of Irish pubs looks really promising. It's housed in an old bank -- you can still see the vault doors in the main dining room -- and they've clicked all the right boxes on the pub checklist. Vintage Guinness posters? Check. Rich woodwork? Check. Bottles of malt vinegar on the table for dousing your fish and chips? Check. And perhaps on a weekend evening, when the bar fills with chatter and good cheer, Llywelyn's is worth a stop for a pint or two. But as a lunch place, it falls short. The black bean burger has nice kick and texture, but looks rather forlorn on its squishy ciabbata roll, topped with just a scattering of pickled peppers. (Lettuce? Cheese? Chipotle mayo? Anything?) The curried shrimp wrap is even worse, bursting at the seams and almost impossible to pick up, which is too bad because it comes loaded with colorful chopped veggies. But most disappointingly, on our visit, both skinny fries and thick pub chips arrived woefully lukewarm. That might be because we ate midafternoon, but if a restaurant offers lunch all day, patrons shouldn't suffer for not coming during peak hours.The menu offers a dazzling array of sandwiches, salads and a few entrees, with most dishes falling in the $8-$10 range. Judging by the crispy-golden fried fish at the table next to ours, it is probably wise to stick with typical pub fare.