Sully's First Edition Pub
Marlborough – If you are looking for the classic burger or fish fry, served up with a laugh and good will, take a trip to Sully's First Edition Pub. In fact, if you are looking for any classic, stop in at Sully's. You're sure to find a wellprepared meal in a comfortable setting.
I went to lunch with two co-workers recently, and our server, Sandra, kept us well stocked with beverages and good humor as we waited for our meals. Attentive and funny, she stopped by often to be sure we had everything we needed. With two decades of serving at Sully's, Sandra is one of the key elements of the restaurant's hometown, neighborhood appeal.
Because the sandwiches come with side orders, we passed on appetizers and went right to the meat of the meal.
I ordered the fish fry, having heard that it is one of Sully's specialties. The rumor is true, but more on that later. I had my choice of potato, fries, spicy fries or onion rings, and I went with the spicy. I also got a side of tasty cole slaw ($9.95).
The fish was tender and moist, wrapped in that classic crisp-fried batter that, when well prepared, melts in your mouth. And this was well prepared. It was also large. My son had a side of fish fry with his dinner that night. I couldn't have wrestled the leftovers from him.
One friend ordered her favorite, a chicken Parmesan sandwich with onion rings ($6.95). The large piece of breaded, fried chicken breast, served on thick Italian bread, was smothered in sauce and melted cheese. I had to take her word for it that it was excellent; she wasn't sharing a bite.
My other friend was in a burger mood, and Sully's is the place to go for burgers, another rumor that we discovered is true. Her medium-well done burger ($5.65) came on a chewy roll, with melted cheese (she chose cheddar). She added pickles and was in burger heaven. She also ordered the onion rings for a side.
The burger, she said between bites, was great.
With a surfeit of spicy, crunchy fries and delicate onion rings, we were all reaching plate to plate, sharing the tasty treat. Another nice surprise was that onion rings didn't cost a dime more than fries. Many restaurants charge extra for a serving of rings that is not as large or as tasty as Sully's.
With a relaxed, neighborhood ambience, Sully's was the perfect place to linger over our large glasses of Diet Pepsi and tea ($1.75 each) and catch up, our food sampling dwindling until none of us could take another bite.
The bar area, on the other side of the tavern, looked equally welcoming. When we arrived at noon, people were already enjoying lunch and conversation.
Tucked behind the Chamber of Commerce at 11B Florence St. in downtown Marlborough, Sully's kitchen is open seven days a week 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 508-485-6754.
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