Where to dine on St. Patrick’s Day

Five restaurants serving Ireland’s staple dishes
Beer-braised beef brisket at Lobby

Photo by Heidi Geldhauser/Our Labor of Love

St. Patrick’s Day is known for green beer, drink specials, and overindulgence, but to truly embrace a culture, you also need to taste it. Though bars like Ri Ra, Fado, and Meehan’s will be serving their takes on Irish dishes next Monday on March 17, we thought we’d look to places perhaps a little more focused on the fare.
Here are five Irish dishes and where to try them this St. Patty’s Day.

Corned beef at Murphy’s
Best known for its brunch, Murphy’s is preparing an Irish menu. Think traditional corned beef with Colcannon potatoes (steamed Red Bliss potatoes, leeks, and green cabbage), and parsley sauce. The dish is finished with a leek and onion cream. It costs $14 for lunch and $17 for dinner. Other options include smoked haddock and onion soup, Irish soda bread, and Irish whiskey bread pudding for dessert. Expect Irish dancing and music starting at noon.

Bangers and mash at Southern Art
Art Smith’s Southern Art is breaking out the Irish with a party March 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Diners can nosh on complimentary bites of bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes) as they listen to live music. The adjacent Bourbon Bar will be pouring a special drink called Paddy’s Cure with Jameson, St. Germain, lemon juice and a splash of blue curaçao for $10 all night.

Beer-braised beef brisket at Lobby Bar and Bistro
Brisket and beer: great apart and even better together. Lobby at the Twelve Hotel is serving beer-braised beef brisket with mashed potatoes, mustard sauce, and green beans for $24 on St. Patrick’s Day. The bar will be making green Shamrock Shakers with Reposado tequila, sour apple, agave, and lime juice. For those less adventurous, bottled Guinness will also be available.

Shepherd’s Pie at Del Frisco’s Grille
Along with its usual selection of steaks, Del Frisco’s Grille will be offering shepherd’s pie March 14-17. This comfort food favorite made with ground lamb, root vegetables, and peppers topped with house made mash, will be available for $19. Chef A.J. Buchanio will also dish out corned beef and cabbage flatbread. For dessert: mini Irish car bomb cream pies.

Lamb shank at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails
From March 14 to March 17, Milton’s will be serving three St. Patrick’s Day specials including Brown Ale-braised lamb shank with mushroom-barley risotto, roasted pearl onions, and natural jus for $32. There’s also a beef, barley, and Guinness soup appetizer.