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Fantastic Irish Pub Find: Napper Tandy's in Millis, Massachusetts

Napper Tandy's Millis, Massachusetts
Napper Tandy's of Millis.

Article and photos by Eric J. Hurwitz. Article created on July 22, 2017.

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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.

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 fries...

Turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato sandwich from Napper Tnayd's in Millis, Mass.
The "TLBT" from Napper Tandy's in Millis.

Napper Tandy's owner John Jacob also has Napper Tandy's pubs in 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 expansion occurs.

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 fabulous restaurant!

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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