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Argyle Restaurant

212 Kearny Ave., Kearny, NJ - (201) 991-3900
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/9/2001 5:56:00 PM
The Argyle serves beautiful fish and chips. Each platter holds one very large triangular hunk of haddock (or cod) that has been battered and deep fried until the exterior is brittle and the inside, nearly two inches in height, is a pillowy mound of snow-white, moist, sweet fish. The soft flavor of the meat and the hard crunch of its golden jacket are joy for tongue and taste buds. Alongside the fish comes a heap of chips (aka French fries); and on the table is a bottle of malt vinegar – the preferred dressing for deep-fried potatoes among Brits.

If it’s Caledonian cuisine you crave, the Argyle is your cup of tea. Beyond fish and chips, you can dine on such peculiar British-Isle dishes as a Scotch egg – hard-boiled, wrapped in sausage, breaded and deep fried. Old-country chicken pie and meat pie, accompanied by beans and chips, are true comfort foods; and black pudding (blood sausage), albeit somewhat gruesome-looking, has a truly appetizing smell that is like savory cinnamon. For dessert, you want clootie dumpling, a not-too-sweet spice cake that is sometimes known as “boiled baby”, served in a pool of hot custard.

The Argyle is an inconspicuous neighborhood lunch hall, with the fry kettles up front, and long rows of tables in back. Its patrons are locals as well as homesick Scots and Irish from towns and states far away. It adjoins a store called The Piper’s Cove, where culinary adventurers will find British Isle groceries little-known in most of the U.S., i.e. cans of mashed peas in marrow fat, Scott’s Porage Oats, and McCowan’s Highland Toffee.

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Beautiful fried fish emerges from the fry kettle at the head of the Argyle dining room.  The
"Beautiful fried fish emerges from the fry kettle at the head of the Argyle dining room. The "chips" on the side are regular French fries, ready to be spritzed with a little malt vinegar."
Michael Stern





Not too sweet, the clootie dumpling was the best item we ate at Argyle Restaurant.
"Not too sweet, the clootie dumpling was the best item we ate at Argyle Restaurant."
Cliff Strutz


The Scotch sauce are served with HP sauce, a bottled brown sauce popular in UK.
"The Scotch sauce are served with HP sauce, a bottled brown sauce popular in UK."
Cliff Strutz


On the wall of the Argyle...
"On the wall of the Argyle..."
Michael Stern


The place to go in Kearny for Scottish food.
"The place to go in Kearny for Scottish food."
Cliff Strutz


Argyle's weather worn sign features a happy Scotsman.
"Argyle's weather worn sign features a happy Scotsman."
Cliff Strutz


Hard-boiled, wrapped in sausage, breaded and deep fried:  Scotch eggs are a dish not found in too many American restaurants we know!
"Hard-boiled, wrapped in sausage, breaded and deep fried: Scotch eggs are a dish not found in too many American restaurants we know!"
Michael Stern


Sweet and spicy, sopped with custard, clootie dumpling is a sort of deconstructed bread pudding.
"Sweet and spicy, sopped with custard, clootie dumpling is a sort of deconstructed bread pudding."
Michael Stern



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