Are You Gonna Eat That? Royal Mile Pub’s Haggis by Mary Kong-DeVito

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry/2013/04/05/are-you-gonna-eat-that-royal-mile-pubs-haggis/

The Dish: Haggis with mashed potatoes, pickled vegetables, and gravy.

Where to Get It: Royal Mile Pub, 2407 Price Ave., Wheaton; (301) 946-4511; royalmilepub.net

Price: $7.50

What It Is: Traditional haggis is a mixture of heart, liver, and lungs with fat, onions, and oatmeal boiled in a sheep’s stomach. Like most Scottish fare, this staple is hardy and filling—the kind of stuff responsible for sturdy Scotsmen who can toss 200-pound logs for no good reason.

What It Tastes Like: You’re off the hook: There’s no sheep stomach in sight. Instead, the haggis is loosely packed with lamb hearts, kidneys, and livers and served without a casing. Livery and earthy, it easily cuts with a fork. Served over mashed potatoes and pickled carrots, celery, and onions, it’s liberally covered in brown beef gravy. It’s similar to meatloaf, but way more interesting.

The Story: Haggis is considered the national dish of Scotland, potentially rivaled only by deep-fried Mars bars, another popular Scottish “delicacy.” Head chef Jason Coletta makes it slightly less overwhelming by serving the haggis as an appetizer.

How to Eat It: Hungrily. You’ve got cabers to toss.

Photo by Mary Kong-DeVito

via Young & Hungry http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry

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