Boston Restaurant Blog -- May, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Just under a year ago, a new location of Napper Tandy's in Norwood opened in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, and since its opening, I really haven't heard much about the place from fellow food writers, friends, or anyone for that matter. Last week we finally got to check out the place, and while it's not a truly memorable spot at the level of top Irish pubs such as James's Gate in Jamaica Plain or O'Hara's in Newton, it seems like a decent place overall for a bite to eat and a drink.
Housed in the former Robyn's Bar and Grill toward the northern edge of Roslindale Village, Napper Tandy's has a clean, new look outside, with an attractive exterior that has a classic Irish pub look to it. The interior has a split personality, as the main dining and bar area is clean, new-looking, and modern, while the room to the right is very spartan, with pool tables dominating the space. A mix of regular tables and high tops can be found in the main room, and the wraparound bar has plenty of seating for folks who are looking to hoist a few pints and/or have some lunch or dinner.
We grabbed a high-top table in the main room at Napper Tandy's on our recent visit there, starting off with a round of drinks (include a very well-poured Guinness). Our server took our food order when she brought the beers out and within a few minutes we had a delicious buffalo chicken dip sitting on our table, complete with lots of gooey cheese, crispy tortilla chips, and spicy diced chicken. Our meals were a mixed bag, with the fish and chips being among the best I've had anywhere in the Boston area (tender, flaky fish with a delicious batter that wasn't overly greasy), but the shepherd's pie was a bit of a mess, with a pile of ground beef, house-made gravy, and veggies placed on top of a bigger pile of mashed potatoes that took up the entire plate (the gravy was too rich, making this a difficult dish to finish). Service was adequate throughout, and prices were about where you'd expect them to be.
With the wonderful James's Gate just up the road, a return trip to Napper Tandy's might be a tough call, though the place is comfortable enough, and a great spot to watch a game with the large TVs set up by the tables. The fish and chips might help lure me back as well, since they are really, really good, so perhaps there might be another trip back to this Irish pub after all.
For those who want the address for Napper Tandy's, here it is: Napper Tandy's, 4195 Washington Street, Roslindale, MA 02131. The phone number is (617) 323-8400.
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