, West Virginia
November 4, 2002
We enjoyed our walk and worked up an appetite--good thing, because the portions at Piper’s Pub are huge. I have never seen such large plates, actually bowls or deep dish plates, so the word "hearty"--so appropriate for Celtic food--applies perfectly to the size of our lunches, as well as to the menu selections: bangers (English sausages),
shepherd’s pie, chicken and mushroom pie, sausage with cooked cabbage, and such.
I ordered the chicken and wild mushroom pie, and my friend chose the shepherd’s pie, each about $8. Both were thick stews with whole red-skinned potatoes, unpeeled, and whole button mushrooms. Mine had a flaky, rather elegant, puff pastry dumpling sunk, but visible and nicely browned, in the middle of the stew, in lieu of a crust. Scrumptious! My friend’s pie was topped with a generous heap of mashed potatoes, broiled crusty golden brown and served with a warm brown-bread role. This was good fare on a rather chilly day! Service was also excellent. We were happy and will return in the evening to sample the Celtic entertainment, upcoming events, along with menus and other interests, listed at the website: www.piperspub.com.
This traditional pub with turn-of-the-century tin ceiling isn’t just Irish, though we heard some Irish accents, but the owner is Scottish. The oak and plaster walls display pictures of Scottish castles and a musical band in kilts. The beer and scotch selections, too, are in Celtic character with over 70 single malts and 24 beers on tap, and there is Irish whiskey for those who prefer "Celtic coffee." A virtual lesson in scotches and beers is available at their website, complete with a description of each scotch's distinctive taste and price. I had no idea, for instance, that a scotch could be "honeyed, clean, yet spicy . . . The Ultimate Orkney Malt." Piper obviously takes his business seriously!
There are TVs for sports fans, and on this Sunday afternoon a good quiet local--and international--crowd was watching a game. Piper’s is open daily from 11am to 2:00am with Sunday brunch until 3pm.
From journal Pittsburgh's South Side: Shopping, Dining, Theater