Nice Find Near Me For Seafood and Prime Rib
A guy I sit next to most nights during my train-ride home after work recommended an Irish pub that specializes in seafood and prime rib to me a couple months back. It's called the Erin Pub and is in Norwood, which is a working-class town about five minutes south of the Philadelphia airport in Delaware County. I initially tried to go the weekend after St. Patrick's Day, but it was insanely crowded and I didn't feel like waiting over an hour for a table, so we went elsewhere that night. I gave it a second try Thursday night with my wife and mother-in-law and I was able to get a reservation earlier that day. We were seated right away in the downstairs dining room. There is a second dining room upstairs.
My friend from the train promised massive portions of prime rib and a huge selection of seafood for great prices. I was skeptical that the quality would be high given the prices. As you'll see in the menu photos below, they are probably in line with what you'd pay for a nice meal in the heartland. But at a nice restaurant in Center City Philadelphia or one of the trendy neighborhoods around it, this kind of food would cost two to three times as much as it does at the Erin Pub. So while skeptical, I was also excited about the possibility of finding a place where I can eat like a king without breaking the bank. The only other restaurant in my area, which we moved to from Center City about six years ago, that I really like is called the Original Clam Tavern, which is in Clifton Heights, also in Delaware County. They have a similar seafood selection, but no prime rib.
As it turned out, I had no reason to be skeptical. The food surpassed my expectations and I can't wait to go back to the place. My wife had the shrimp cocktail. She let me have one and they were good shrimp (like shrimp I've had at good seafood restaurants, as opposed to what you get in the supermarket). I had clams casino for an appetizer and liked it very much. For entrees, my wife went with the chicken stuffed with cheese and bacon and topped with mushrooms. I noticed my mother-in-law was having trouble deciding what to get. She mentioned lobster tail as one possibility, so I asked her if she'd be interested in splitting an order of twin tails and a piece of prime rib, which I know she likes. She jumped at the offer. We were both very happy she did when we tried our food. My friend told me that even the queen-sized portion of prime rib is massive, so I went with that instead of the king-sized options. They gave me a huge bone-in piece of meat. I'm not sure if they always give bone-in pieces for the queen-sized orders. It was getting to be a little late for dinner, so it's possible they gave me a bigger-than-usual piece. In any event, it was plenty for two people, especially when combined with a nice-sized tail for each of us. My only complaint was that the mashed potatoes I ordered were extremely dry. Adding butter didn't seem to help much. While the prime rib came a little beyond the medium-rare we ordered, the meat was so juicy and soft that I didn't mind a bit.
It's a pretty big building. As I mentioned, there are multiple dining rooms as well as a bar area. While the food isn't Irish, the wall decorations inside are. I didn't feel comfortable taking a photo of the interior because of how crowded it was.