Tuesday, February 23, 2010
In my quest to find the best fish sandwich around Pittsburgh, I've often heard mention of Pipers Pub. Now I've been there in the past but I don't recall ever trying anything off the menu. Frankly, I'm not a real big fan of British food in general but I couldn't resist when I read a review where the writer claimed that their fish sandwich should have it's own zip code and national anthem! Well, I knew just what to order. This fish is huge. It's a large fillet of Haddock, not Cod as is usually served in Pittsburgh pubs. They fry it with a beer batter that is light and very tasty. I don't like it when the batter is so heavy that it overpowers the fish, but this was very well done. It comes with an order of fries and some very good home made tarter sauce as well. If you try this you might want to bring a friend because it's plenty big enough to share. Of course I brought Stacy and still managed to just about finish the entire thing. In addition Stacy ordered some Paprika Chicken soup which she really liked. We also ordered some Scotch Eggs. For those that are not familiar with this health food, it is simply a hard boiled egg, covered with ground sausage, breaded and then deep fried. They were great!
In addition to the food, Pipers is well known for it's great beer selection with at least 20 or 25 quality drafts and a very impressive bottle selection. Another very unique offering is their Cask Ale which is a fresh draft offering. As explained on Pipers website: "Cask Ale or Real Ale is defined as:Beer brewed from traditional ingredients, matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use of pressurized gas. When the beer arrives at the pub it needs to undergo its secondary fermentation before it can be served". This months selection is Arcadia Brewing Hop Mouth. While I don't have much knowledge of craft beers it was tempting to give this a try. Maybe next time.