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Loughran’s Irish Pub

10 Schoolhouse Rd., Salisbury Mills

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.

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