Mulligan's Taverne and Restaurant
Westborough – After a long day of yard work and housework, I was in no shape to cook, so my son and I headed out to one of our favorite restaurants, Mulligan's Taverne on the Green. With a varied menu and a terrific kitchen, Mulligan's is a reliable pleasure.
A band played in the windowed front of the restaurant, and it attracted an appreciative crowd that spread into the dining room, so we sat in the tavern, a comfortable room with warm wood and colors and room to stretch at our table for four. My son appreciated the big-screens TVs showing sports.
Starving after our hard day working, we went right for the good stuff: Mulligan's potato skins ($7.49) do not come out of a freezer! They are fresh, hot, loaded with cheese and bacon and a pure indulgence I justified by all the calories I burned earlier in the day. Even with that, we had three to take home to my husband for a snack.
Of course, I have a hard time passing up Guinness on draft, so I nursed a pint ($5.50) through the meal, while my son drank Pepsi ($1.43).
We both had salad; my son's came with his meal, and I ordered a side salad ($4.49). The greens were crisp, adorned with cucumber and tomato. We both ordered the Italian dressing, which was tangy and well spiced.
My son, never one to pass up a good dish of pasta, ordered the broccoli alfredo with grilled chicken ($16.99). The fettuccine was dressed, but not drowned, in a light alfredo sauce. He was delighted with grilled chicken, which he said was moist and tasty. Again, the plentiful serving meant a second meal, even after I made my own generous taste test.
The Guinness got me again, pulling me away from a very appealing menu choice of chicken piccata ($15.99). I went with the beef and Guinness pie ($13.99). A heaping plate of beef stew ladled over mashed potatoes that rival my mother's, the dish is more than a meal. Chunks of carrots and celery floated in rich, dark gravy so well seasoned and flavorful, I couldn't resist dunking the sweet bread served with it. It was a meal I could picture my grandfather eating before he started his afternoon farm chores decades ago.
My work wasn't nearly as challenging, but it didn't stop me from eating my fill. And my husband still had plenty to go with his potato skins.
We were left with no room for dessert, but I plan to eat with more restraint next time. I'm sure the desserts are as good as everything else, and I plan to test my theory!
Mulligan's Taverne and Restaurant, at121 West Main St., is located at the Westborough Country Club and is open to the public. The restaurant is open Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 4 to 9 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.mulliganstaverne.com or call 508-366-0207.
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