12 St. Patrick's Day Specials Around Boston

Irish eyes are smiling... and hungry
March 17, 2016
by Scott Kearnan

Irish eyes are smiling today. It's St. Patrick's in Boston, and this Sunday, March 20 marks the annual parade through Southie. If you want to find hot spots in that neighborhood where you can catch all the action — while enjoying fun parties and killer food — check out our roundup here. But for some other tasty options far and wide, here's a look at spots all over Boston serving up thematic food and drink specials. Sláinte!

Anna's Taqueria. For one day only, the beloved Boston taqueria brand rolls out a special burrito (pictured above) at its seven area locations. It's stuffed with corned beef and cabbage, with Irish-inspired add-ons like potatoes and mustard also available. (Or just load it up with standard Mexican fillings like guacamole.)  1412 Beacon St., Brookline617-739-7300 plus additional locations

The BeehiveThe eclectic global menu at this South End restaurant and bohemian-inspired live music joint will turn to the Emerald Isle. Dinner specials like grilled lamb and smoked fish and chips will be washed down with themed cocktails from visiting West Cork Distillers. And at 6:30 PM, singer-songwriter Katie McD, a Galway native, takes the stage for a Celtic music performance. 541 Tremont St.; 617-423-0069

Bergamot. Chef Keith Pooler will impart the same elegance he brings to Bergamot's inventive American cuisine to tonight's Irish-inflected prix fixe. The $38 three-course meal features potato porridge with leeks and blood pudding, corned lamb with Brussels sprouts and soda bread croutons, and drunken toffee pudding. Want something simpler? Grab a seat at the bar for a corned beef sandwich special. 118 Beacon St., Somerville; 617-576-7700

BOND. This swanky restaurant and nightspot inside the former Federal Reserve Bank looks like it was gilded with the contents of a pot of gold. And tonight the plates will be adorned with a la carte menu specials like stout-glazed lamb shank and gold-leafed chocolate and Irish whiskey pavé with Bailey's cream mousse. At the bar you'll find thematic tipples like the vodka and vanilla liqueur-based "McGuire's Four Leaf Clover." 250 Franklin St.; 617-956-8765

Bukowski Tavern. Chef Brian Poe must really love St. Patrick's Day. Today he's serving up “Double Date with St. Patrick and Brian Poe," a series of specials served at each of his three restaurants. We start at the Cambridge location of Bukowski Tavern, where the "Date" debuts a St. Patty's Burger: a corned beef patty topped with whiskey bacon, malted cabbage and Irish cheddar cheese. 1281 Cambridge St., Cambridge; 617-497-7077

Devlin'sThe young professional-skewing Brighton pub is the perfect place to celebrate with a special Irish menu, available today and Friday, March 18, that features corned beef and cabbage croquettes, upside-down shepherd's pie and pan roasted scallops with black pudding, among other tasty morsels. (Irish dancers will perform at 5:30 PM). Meanwhile on Sunday, March 20, those who can't make it to the Southie parade can head here for a special Irish-themed brunch (12-3 PM) with Bloody Mary bar and live music. 332 Washington St., Brighton; 617-779-8822

Grafton Street. During dinner hours, this Harvard Square pub named for a Dublin street, will serve specials like colcannon with bacon remoulade, mutton stew and rice pudding — plus plenty of Irish-themed cocktails to complement the Guinness pours pulled, perhaps, by secret weapon Paul Barry, who has been there since the restaurant's 1996 opening. 1230 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 617-497-0400

JulietToday through Sunday, March 20, this brand new European-inspired cafe (helmed by two 30 Under 30 honorees) will serve a special St. Patrick's Day menu at its prix fixe counter by the open kitchen. Early risers can opt for the "Grand Breakfast" of Irish breakfast sausage on milk toast, steel cut oats with cheddar and brown sauce, and soda bread; lunch crowds get a two-course ($16) or three-course ($20) prix fixe of bacon, courgette and blue cheese soup, coddle of sausage and boiled ham, black pudding with cider glaze and rhubarb crisp for dessert. 257 Washington St., Somerville; 617-781-0958

Night Shift Brewing. The Everett craft brewery and taproom often has food trucks swing by to dole out eats to hungry suds swillers. Tonight from 5-10 PM you'll find The Chubby Chickpea, a mobile Middle Eastern cuisine purveyor (which also has a fast-casual brick and mortar in Canton). Tonight, though, the truck will change gears to serve some Irish specials: think 48-hour corned beef and cabbage served over rice, corned beef disco fries with melted cheese, and corned beef street tacos with horseradish mayo and a braised cabbage-bacon slaw. 87 Santili Hwy., Everett; 617-294-4233

Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake Here's the next stop of that aforementioned “Double Date with St. Patrick and Brian Poe" series of specials. The chef's Southwestern-inflected Back Bay restaurant will serve up some jalapeno-spiked corned beef tacos with flash fried cabbage, topped with a Jameson whiskey-spiked potato salsa.  384 Boylston St.; 617-859-8555

South Street DinerOne day's not good enough? Then here's where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day for 86 hours straight. Boston's only 24-hour diner will run a Paddy's special from Thursday, March 17 through Sunday, March 20. The jukebox will play Irish anthems while the kitchen turns out a corned beef and cabbage special with potatoes, carrots, Irish soda bread and a pint of Guiness for just $10; PBR, Miller Lite and Narragansett tall boys are just $2.50  178 Kneeland St.; 617-350-0028

Tip Tap Room. The threesome of “Double Date with St. Patrick and Brian Poe" specials concludes at this inventive tavern on the backside of Beacon Hill, offering tonight corned duck with corned beef and cabbage gnocchi, malted cabbage dust and a whiskey glaze. 138 Cambridge St.; 857-350-3344

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