It may be a long time since you strolled through a carnival – with its funnel cakes and fried turkey legs – but now you can get the big top experience at a new Canyon Country restaurant: The Bearded Lady Pub.
And if you’re hoping for something more than the usual burgers and pizza, you’re in luck. It’s a unique dining experience that’s part British pub and part carnival atmosphere, plus a full bar.
“It’s an American take on a British traditional pub,” said Michael Taback, who opened the restaurant with his daughter, Mariah, earlier this month. “We’ve got things like hand-dipped proprietary batter corndogs, we’ve got burgers, we’ve got sandwiches … Reuben fries with pastrami and all that goes on them.”
The Bearded Lady has salads, sandwiches, sliders, etc., but one of the new eatery’s signature dishes is fish and chips. And if you love the festive fried foods you find at the fair, you can get them every day. The menu includes fried Twinkies, deep fried Snickers bars and a number of desserts such as Cookies and Cream Churro Sundaes.
One of their original savory dishes is the Famous California Cone, which is a fried tortilla shaped like a cone with meat and vegetables inside.
“And the Famous Bearded Lady Cocktail tastes like peach iced tea but it kicks you like an aggravated mule,” Michael said.
The intimate space has a capacity for 30 with ceramic wood floors and walls of circus posters with characters from the “World’s Strongest Man” to the “Sword Swallower.” A colorful, retro jukebox is modernized, which means it’s connected to the internet with thousands of options. And there are three TVs for sports fans.
Mariah Taback, 28, is culinary-trained and grew up in a family that has been in the restaurant business for four decades. They own a Victorville eatery.
“Food has always been a big passion of mine,” she said. “The most challenging part is learning everything.”
Her forte is sweets and most of the Bearded Lady menu is savory. “I’m enjoying myself and I’m not afraid of hard work,” she said, explaining the origin of the restaurant’s unusual theme. “I’ve always loved fairs, carnivals and amusement parks. It’s like going to a carnival – very fun, very upbeat. You can get something quick to eat; you can sit down and have a meal. It’s a festive atmosphere.”
Mariah also likes the idea of contributing to business development on the east side of the Santa Clarita Valley.
“It’s a relaxed atmosphere and conveniently located to all the homes in Canyon Country where you can get snacks, soft drinks, fries, or a big snack or dinner,” Michael explained.
The Bearded Lady Pub is located at 19010 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. Find Bearded Lady Pub on Instagram or visit Beardedladypub.com.