SPOT: EMMA’S ALE HOUSE-WHITE PLAINS

Hello Westchester Food Finders! Most of the spots we have been sharing have been great dinner spots. To change things up a bit we want to share one of our favorite lunch spots; Emma’s Ale house in White Plains.

Emma’s has a complete upscale pub menu great for lunch and equally robust for dinner. A nice well equipped bar and great selection of beers to on tap, make it a great spot to meet up with friends or neat casual place to have dinner with someone special without all the noise and congestion of a lousy bar. In short, Emma’s is a restaurant with a nice bar more than a bar with good food. Now let’s get into lunch.

Emma’s starts you off with their own, complimentary, hot pub pretzels and spicy mustard. If you are debating on getting a beer with your lunch, the first bite of pretzel will shift you towards picking off their great beer selection. Being lunch, we only though it fair to order one lighter lunch dish and one with a little more substance that way we could give a  we’ll balanced view of lunch.

I was lucky enough to win a hard fought game of rock, paper, scissors, so I ordered Emma’s stuffed potato skin burger. It was a special of the day and it was indeed very special. The burger was cooked to a requested medium rare and stacked with potatoes, bacon, chive, Emma’s sour cream based secret sauce, and melted cheddar cheese. That alone is a watering mouthful, but then wrap it all up in a hot pretzel bun and you learn to appreciate a whole new meaning to winning a hand of rock, paper, scissors.

Now onto the lighter fair. My guest ordered Emma’s Caesar’s salad with grilled chicken. The salad was well seasoned and dressed. The in house made croutons and shaved cheese were plentiful and added depth and texture to the salad. There was no clear star of the dish, and we mean this as a compliment. Every ingredient married together well with the next. The grilled chicken wasn’t an after thought, but rather a true component of the salad. You can tell with your first bite that time and care was placed in marinating and tenderized the chicken. It wasn’t sitting in a hot bath waiting to just be added to a number of dishes, as is the case with other restaurants. You can see and taste the seasoning on the chicken just as you can taste the dressing that coats every piece of lettuce. That makes this dish just as complete as the last. Don’t take my word on it, go to Emma’s and enjoy one of our special spots for lunch!

Emma’s Salad

 

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