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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Comfort in every respect

The Olde Pub
216 Pettit Ave., Bellmore
(516) 785-5500, www.TheOldePub.com

From creative cuisine to cozy character, The Olde Pub in Bellmore is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy. The menu is with traditional Irish favorites, items from the smoker, spectacular salads, interesting entrees and the ultimate in comfort food … all matched by easy pricing. Baked goods, produce and meats are purchased locally, whenever possible.

There’s a well-chosen wine list, and for the beer aficionado, close to 40 selections. Or, try one of the original cocktails, like the Sunrise Highway, made with Bacardi Coconut, orange liqueur, orange and lime juices, Grenadine, and Blue Moon Pilsner.

“Eddy B,” who has owned bar & grill-style spots in New Jersey and Queens, took over the site of Lincoln Station, reopening in July as The Olde Pub, in time for the street fair. Shortly after, he closed to do a complete renovation, and re-launched in November. We visited on a Saturday night and the pub was packed. Evidence of repeat clientele so early on can only be a positive sign.

This is a lively place, both at the bar and in the dining room. Servers seemed exceptionally accommodating and friendly. Appetizers, soups and house specials are $6.95 to $12.99. Burgers, sandwiches, paninis and wraps, with a choice of fries, salad or cole slaw, are $8.95 to $16.95. Smoker platters, salads, pastas and entrees range from $7.95 to $19.95. Lunch prices are less. Desserts are $7.95 to $12.95. Kid-friendly entrees with a beverage and dessert are $7.25.

Red Chili Asian Wings were meaty and just spicy enough. Nolan’s Nacho’s — a huge heap of crisp fries topped with chili and cheddar, sided with sour cream and pico di gallo — earned a decadent wow. Baked clams were Oreganata style. Pub Caps, mini Portobello mushrooms, were filled with sausage, diced vegetables, breadcrumbs and panko.

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