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St. Patrick's Day eats: Top 5

There's way more to St. Patrick's day than green beer. There's also Jameson, Bushmills, Bailey's, Bulmer's, Big Gingers, and mead for example. Irish food can get lost somewhere between all the Irish Car Bombs, Harps, and Guinness. It's easy to write off. You won't find any reduction sauce or truffle oil here. But the very things that make it sort of wallflowery are also what make it so effin good: It's simple, hearty, and wholesome (with an incidence of carbs to die for). Here are our Top 5 recs for where to get some St. Patrick's Day eats, some a little more Irish than others:

St. Patrick's Day eats: Top 5
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1. Merlin's Rest will have several food specials on St. Patrick's Day, including a $9.95 corned beef and cabbage meal available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., fish and chips starting at 2 p.m., and a variety of cold sandwiches later in the night. We're especially digging the sounds of the special "Merlin's Irish Stew" that will be available on the big day, described as similar to the restaurant's Guinness Stew by the restaurant manager.

 

St. Patrick's Day eats: Top 5

2. Shamrock's is going big for St. Patrick's Day--tent, tickets, too many bands to count. Lots of food will be available, all $6, including Irish stew, reubens, corned beef and cabbage, reuben burgers, "O'Patty" melts, and leprechaun legs. Wait. Leprechaun legs? Yep. That's fried green beans. Liking the sound of that.

 

St. Patrick's Day eats: Top 5
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3. Love how so many Irish pubs get going on St. Paddy's at the break of day with big, greasy breakfasts. Keegan's is no exception, welcoming the day at 8 a.m. with a choice of a traditional Irish breakfast for $12.95 or some straight up bacon and eggs for $6.95. Later in the day, there will be shepherd's pie, corned beef (of course) and other selections, including what the pub calls "Irish chips," described as "like nachos, but with french fries." (Cheese, bacon, onion, and tomatoes to be exact.) Um, want.

 

St. Patrick's Day eats: Top 5
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4. Kip's Pub is the only place we found that says it's serving Irish soda bread on St. Patty's. That's reason enough to head to St. Louis Park for a looksee. The pub is offering a $16 lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that sounds like quite the spread: corned beef and cabbage with orange whiskey glaze, potatoes, fish and chips (made with Harp beer batter), roasted carrots and salad as well as the soda bread. Mmm, we hope it's the kind with currants.

 

St. Patrick's Day eats: Top 5
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5. We wouldn't try to get away without giving corned beef its own special shout-out. While most places will be serving up thick slices of the Barbie-pink meat, McMahon's looks like it'll be one of the cheapest, somewhere between $6.95 and $8.95, according to the restaurant. Plus the pub is making it up special for the day, so it's bound to be good.


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