Napper Tandy's of Millis in Millis, Massachusetts has pulled
off a near impossible feat -- that is, creating a new restaurant that
looks like a beloved, old-time local landmark that has been around
forever. The high ceilings with exposed pipe, wooden floors and tables,
ambient lighting, long handsome bar, and pictures lining the walls
evoke a classic Boston Irish pub from back in the day.
- Napper Tandy's of Millis Business Partnership
Fantastic Irish Pub Find: Napper Tandy's in Millis, Massachusetts
Napper Tandy's of Millis.
Article and photos by Eric J. Hurwitz. Article created on July 22, 2017.
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Not only has Napper Tandy's Millis come up with
the appearance of a Boston Irish pub, but
succeeded in the most important elements of a local dining spot:
serving terrific food and drink, and bringing in the crowds. The
faithful customer base actually started the first week of business
operation in mid-July of 2016, as the place was frequently packed. The
crowded scene clearly went beyond just a "curiosity factor," as
"Nappers" has remained busy and bustling, to this day. The photo above
might not reflect that, but consider this was at 2:30 p.m. on a weekday
afternoon in the summer and, still, 30-plus customers were enjoying
meals and drinks within an hour timespan. The main lunch hour gets
quite busy and dinner time often necessitates wait time, as we have
experienced. Millis might be one of suburban Boston's smallest towns,
but they have frequented Napper Tandy's big-time as there was a need
for this type of restaurant in the area.
Nappers offers everything anyone could ever want in this genre of
restaurants including 20 draft beers, an extensive bottle and can beer
list, and food made from scratch. They have live entertainment on
Saturday night, traditional live Irish music on Wednesday evenings and karaoke on Thursday nights.
What to recommend for food? I love best the mouthwatering, substantial "Napper Burger' (with
applewood smoked bacon, mushrooms, mayo and cheddar cheese), curried
fries, Shepherd's pie, the chicken curry and vegetable dinner, steak
and goat cheese salad, and "Haddock Nantucket" (baked in New England
clam chowder and topped with a buttery cracker crumb, served with rice
and seasonal vegetables). My favorite sandwich: the TLBT special:
turkey, lettuce, bacon and tomato, and accompanied with delicious
The "TLBT" from Napper Tandy's in Millis.
Napper Tandy's owner John Jacob also has Napper Tandy's
Walpole, Norwood, and Roslindale, as well as Eugene O'Neill's in
Jamaica Plain. All are equally good, as John runs a tight ship and
exhibits a clear vision of bringing people together, as a community,
for some great food and drink. While many other business owners try
that business model, I feel that Nappers is like the standard that
others should strive to become like. The Millis location is no
exception. I know John really likes the town as a solid, unpretentious
community with some really great residents and that is why he
opened Nappers here. John originally hails from Kildare, Ireland, and
knows his Irish pubs well so the authenticity is strongly intact. Like
his other restaurants, John built Nappers out of
love and the very important elements of keeping the food quality and
overall experience firmly intact -- not always the case when restaurant
Napper Tandy's of Millis is cozy yet lively, busy yet friendly, and tasty
yet affordable. Add ample free parking and this
brings up the question: Why drive all the way into
Boston when a place like Napper Tandy's Millis is every bit as good as
the urban Irish pub destinations? Seems like
Millis, a great little town, got even greater with the presence of this
Napper Tandy's of Millis is located at 979 Main Street (Route 109) in Millis, MA. Tel. 508-794-1568.
Be sure to check out the Napper Tandy's Millis web page, the Napper Tandy's
general web site with info on all Nappers restaurant locations and the Napper Tandy's Facebook fan page for
updates and some great photos!
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