St. Patrick's Day 2012

St. Patrick’s Day: It’s About Food, Too

Eat responsibly on this drinking-est of holidays.

By Jessie Wesley March 13, 2012

Irish and (loosely) Irish-inspired foods to honor the Emerald Isle’s patron saint. Photo via Pi

While St. Patrick’s Day has traditionally been an occasion for liver abuse here in the United States, it should be known that the Irish brought much more to our culinary palates than the taste of Jameson. And a host of local spots are celebrating the holiday with potpies, savory stews, corned beef, and some Irish-inspired riffs on things like cupcakes.

Below a round up of tasty eats in honor of the Irish.

Mulleady’s Irish Pub
While this Magnolia spot has the words ‘Irish’ and ‘pub’ in its name, Mulleady’s wants to be your spot for a sophisticated, white-tablecloth St. Patrick’s Day, including a three-course menu “riddled with Irish tradition and culinary ingenuity.” Highlights include lamb and mushroom stew, and candied ginger bread pudding. Dinner is $40 per person, reservations recommended.

This local food truck favorite will be parked outside of Conor Byrne Pub this Saturday morning with some Irish tastes to help get you through the day…including an Irish breakfast burrito.

McCormick’s Fish House and Bar
The downtown location of this Irish-monikered seafood chain is adding Guinness steamed mussels to its already extensive happy hour and will offer several dinner and lunch specials. If you need a nighttime nip to keep you going through the week, the bar has $1 Irish coffee toasts at 10pm to help count down the days until March 17.

Sure, it’s technically a French bistro, but Thierry Rautureau’s Madison Valley restaurant will sport a special three-course St. Paddy’s Day menu Friday through Sunday for $32; guests can also order beer pairings, $6 Irish whiskeys, and cocktail specials. A special morning-after brunch on Sunday can soak up your system’s misdeeds from the night before.

Pie and High 5 Pie
Make a meal out of Pie in Fremont, which has baked up a a corn beef and cabbage pie for dinner and an Irish cream pie for dessert, among other specials. If you prefer to travel outside the center of the universe, High 5 Pie in Capitol Hill boasts a slew of festive bites including a Scottish beef and onion flipside, and grasshopper pie.

Bill the Butcher
Bring a taste of Ireland home. Grab some of Bill’s carefully crafted grass-fed corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day while you can; it’s anticipated to sell out before the weekend is over.

Trophy Cupcakes and Cupcake Royale
Have beer for dessert at Trophy Cupcakes with a Guinness chocolate stout spiked cake. If you need something a little stronger, Cupcake Royale will be offering an Irish Cake Bomb, “dusted with gold” that pairs Elliot Bay Brewing’s organic No Doubt Stout cake with Jameson butter cream frosting.

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