Dining Guide: Digger O’Dells

12/06/2010 8:48 AM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Owners Cheri and Stephen Wirth (seated) with daughters Hayden (left) and Avrie, with staff (from left) line cook Stan Madr, sous chef Eric Linker, floor manager Sarah Peters, executive chef Bob Grippi, manager Crystal Green, bartender Todd Green and chef Jason Daniels.

Owners: Cheri and Stephen Wirth
Year established: 1993
Location: 58 West Main St., Riverhead
Phone: 631-369-3200
Attire: Casual
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Hours: Open Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
Website: diggerspub.net

Since 2005, owners Cheri and Stephen Wirth have strived to make Digger O’Dell’s “much more than an Irish pub.” With head chef Bob Grippi and chef de cuisine Eric Linker offering a vast array of dishes, there’s something to tempt even the pickiest eater.

The choices Diggers offers range from classic deli sandwiches, such as carved turkey breast or a BLT, served with french fries, cole slaw or potato salad, to specials, from BBQ pork on a bed of seasoned rice to lemon pepper grilled chicken on mixed greens with a cilantro vinaigrette. Digger’s regular entrées include flounder stuffed with shrimp, scallops, crab and clam, then “baked just right.” For Irish fare, they offer classics like shepherd’s pie; corned beef and cabbage; and Black and Tan fish and chips — cod fillets dipped in Guinness and Harp beer batter, “golden fried to perfection.”

Diggers offers a vide variety of beers on tap, like Blue Moon Belgian White, Fire Island Beer Company Red Wagon IPA, Greenport Harbor Blue Duck Porter and Long Ireland Celtic Ale, plus over 20 bottled varieties.

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