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Loughran’s Irish Pub

10 Schoolhouse Rd., Salisbury Mills
845-496-3615

The deal: $13.95 prime rib dinner

We call ourselves the Hudson Valley’s happiest Irish pub,” says Jim Loughran, the chuckly fellow who owns this friendly watering hole, and who is “100 percent Irish” himself, although by way of Brooklyn. Loughran has been keeping the cheer quotient high in Orange County for the past 24 years, and no doubt added to it when he introduced his Monday-through-Thursday special: a prime rib dinner for a mere $13.95. Portions here are generous anyway, but, as one critic noted, the hunk of prime “looks large enough to satisfy a grizzly bear.” How enormous is it? Loughran’s stock answer: “Just say Jim’s afraid to weigh it.”

You’ll find the usual roster of Buffalo wings, burgers, steaks, chops, seafood and other pubby favorites, all prepared by Loughran’s son, Patrick, along with co-chefs Michael Palmer and Ian McCaw, and all priced fairly. “But the prime rib is absolutely the most popular,” Loughran says. It’s slow roasted, and comes with a salad, and boiled potatoes or Schunnemunk Mountain mashed. “Everyone calls theirs Rocky Mountain mashed, but we’ve got our own mountain,” Loughran says. “People also come in for the pork chops — they’re crazy good, with a special dry rub. And we have incredible seafood cakes — shrimp, scallop, and crab cakes in lobster sauce.” Irish brews include the new 250th anniversary stout from Guinness.

One critic noted, the hunk of prime “looks large enough to satisfy a grizzly bear”

Diners can eat in the pub side, or in the dining room, where lace cloths on wooden tables add a touch of the old country. Thursdays, there’s the bonus of Irish music, courtesy of a trio called Parting Glass, who play button accordion, tin whistle, harmonica, and guitar. “And they harmonize beautifully,” Loughran says. “People sing along, it’s a lot of fun. Of course, there are some sad songs, too, typical of the Irish.”

Also typical in an Irish pub is the cast of regular characters at the bar. “We get all ages, a few low-key actors, and the discussions get very interesting,” Loughran reports. “One guy is a retired cameraman for CBS who won three Emmys. Two of them are on display here. That’s the kind of place this is — people feel comfortable bringing their Emmys here.”

» Next stop: Whistling Willie’s American Grill, Cold Spring

 

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