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Photo of Paddy's, West Newton, MA Many, if not most Irish pubs in the Boston area are located within Boston's city limits as well as in Cambridge and Somerville, but there are also a number of Irish pubs--some quite good--in the suburbs. A few of the better ones include Hugh O'Neill's in Malden, The Skellig in Waltham, and a bustling neighborhood place called O'Hara's in Newton Highlands. And while O'Hara's may be quite popular with both locals and commuters (O'Hara's is across the street from a T stop), the owners of the place also run another, lesser-known, Irish pub in West Newton called Paddy's. Hidden on a side street about a block from Route 16, the low-key, family-friendly Paddy's is indeed a good alternative to O'Hara's, the Skellig (which isn't far from Paddy's), and several of the other more popular Irish pubs located west of Boston.

Paddy's (also known as Paddy O's Pub) looks pretty much like your typical Irish pub from the outside, with its white walls and brown beams, its Guinness-based sign above the door, and its Heineken sign next to the Guinness sign. But the inside of Paddy's might not be what you would expect, as it is mellow, laid-back, and very welcoming to families. A mahogany bar sits to the left by the entrance to Paddy's, while a cozy, attractive dining area is found to the right of the bar. Service is efficient and friendly, and the staff seems to know many of the folks who dine here.

The menu at Paddy's features a mix of Irish entrees, pub grub, American dishes, and even a good, simple Neapolitan pizza. In this writer's opinion, two of the best items on the menu are in actually appetizers; the meaty, hearty chili with ground beef and the delicious French onion soup (which includes rye bread, among other ingredients). The charbroiled handmade burgers are also good at Paddy's, as are the steak tips (which can be ordered with BBQ sauce or Paddy's own marinade). You can also get chicken molise, London broil, shepherd's pie, beef stew, broiled salmon, pastrami steamed in beer, or any number of items on their extensive menu.

Paddy's might not be the wildest Irish pub in the Boston area, but the food is better than average, the service is solid, and prices for both food and drink are fair. Easy parking is also a plus, and unlike its sibling O'Hara's, long waits are not all that common for a table. So if you like a pint of Guinness or Murphy's with your food but don't want to deal with crowds or the rough-and-tumble atmosphere of some Irish pubs, Paddy's may just be one of your best options west of Boston. [Ed note: Photo courtesy of Paddy's.]