Where to eat for St. Patrick's Day 2014

Buckets of green beer means the need for feed and we've got you covered

Buckets of green beer means the need for feed and we've got you covered

With St. Patrick's Day falling on a Monday this year, we have the rare opportunity to rock our Irish pride all weekend long. In order to make sure you've got enough food in your belly to withstand the copious amounts of green beer you'll likely be consuming, we did some hunting to find out what some of the local Irish pubs will be serving up special for the upcoming holiday.

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As you can probably imagine, most of the local pubs will be serving up their own takes on the classic corned beef and cabbage, but we've found a few fairly interesting things going on that will definitely be worth checking out.

For those of you who plan to celebrate on the South Side of Minneapolis, Merlins Rest will be running a traditional full Irish breakfast all weekend long, including all of the staples: eggs, bangers, traditional English style bacon, locally made black pudding, roasted tomatoes, and mushrooms. To mix it up a bit, they'll also be serving their own house-made Irish soda bread instead of the traditional side of plain toast. They'll also have a braised corned beef and cabbage special and an Irish burger that comes topped with a house-made Irish cheese spread and quick-pickled cabbage.

Merlins will also be serving up their super special Gaelic eggs. These eggs are so special, that management wouldn't exactly tell us what they were, only that they are similar in nature to a Scotch egg and that they sell out every year. The only way to know what they are for sure, is to venture on down.

Blarney Irish Pub & Grill in Dinkytown will also be shaking up their menu a bit for the holiday, adding a few modernized takes on traditional St. Paddy's food. For instance, patrons can sample "Irish nachos," made of Yukon gold potatoes, corned beef, a variety of blended cheeses and comes topped with thousand island dressing and green onions. They're also doing several takes on a reuben which will include a reuben pizza, a reuben calzone, and a reuben quesadilla. If traditional is what you're looking for, fret not: They'll also have a corned beef and cabbage on the menu.

Keegan's Irish Pub will have a special Paddy's Day menu going on, but it will largely consist of their staple menu items like corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, and an Irish beef stew.

Of course, if you're more concerned with where to get your pint, plenty of other places will be celebrating in style. Check out Shamrock's, Kieran's, Cork's, the Local, O'Donovan's, the Dubliner, and the Liffey. And remember, MetroTransit will provide free rides on buses, light rail, and Northstar on St. Patrick's Day, starting at 6 p.m. For more info on St. Patrick's Day events, click here. 

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