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Out to Lunch: Pipers Pub
Light and cheerful, with high ceilings and team jerseys
on the wall, Pipers Pub has a huge bar and plenty of video screens
generating low-volume white noise from ESPN. Lunchers can have a
discussion by settling into one of the man-sized high-backed booths
that run along two sides of the room — or enjoy a solitary meal
with sports TV for company.
This spacious spot was for many years home of the successful County
Line Inn — since then it has had several permutations, with the
most recent being Dakota Grill and Casabona. Now it offers American
cuisine with an Irish and Scottish touch. Pipers Pup caters to the
after-work crowd (it’s just a few minutes’ drive from Bloomberg and
the Research Park area) with a food and drink specials during a 5
to 7 p.m. happy hour. It also features an eclectic blend of live music
— from a string instrument jam session on Tuesday evenings to
Celtic music on Thursdays to full-fledged rock bands on Fridays.
up: Friday Night Fling on June 8.)
And to entice the lunchtime crowd from the workplace it advertises
a "speedy lunch" — drinks, food, and check delivered
30 minutes or it’s all free.
On the day we went, a grilled chicken breast sandwich with Monterey
jack cheese, bacon, ranch dressing, and fries ($7.75) met
but we were surprised by the sauteed soft crabs ($14 with rice and
vegetables). The crabs were crispy but had a rich sauce, rather more
elegant than we expected. Refills of iced tea ($1.50) were free.
The Scottish theme is not emphasized in the decor, unless you count
the beer taps — Sam Adams, Guinness, Harp, Killian’s Irish Red,
and Killarney’s for example. Also on tap: Bud and Bud Lite, Coors
Lite and Amstel Lite, Pete Summer and Pete’s Regular, Yingling,
Bass, Woodchuck’s Cider, and River Horse.
Celtic and Scottish specialties are offered Thursdays, but the menu
regularly features a Scottish ale soup, with tangy cheeses and rich
cream ($4.25) and British-style fish & chips, $9.75. Appetizers from
$5 to $8 are on the fried side — chicken strips, onion crisps,
calamari, or cheese sticks. Hearty salads and pub sandwiches run from
$6 to $8 with a 12-ounce burger for $9.75. Grill choices might be
salmon with lemon vodka sauce ($13.75), and baby back ribs with Black
and Tan barbeque sauce ($18).
Our lunch took 45 minutes from start to finish, not the advertised
half-hour. But it turns out you need to notify the staff up front,
when you order. Then, if they don’t meet the 30-minute deadline, you
get your lunch free.
— Barbara Fox
08558. 908-431-4233; fax, 908-431-4379. Private rooms of various sizes
(up to about 100 people) would make this a good choice for a farewell
lunch or shower.
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