Philadelphia Irish Food for St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day may be known for drinking, but there’s plenty of great Irish food out there, too. Here are six places worth a try.
Ida Mae’s Bruncherie in Fishtown is worth the trip. It’s only open till three, so order the full Irish Breakfast, which comes with eggs, rashers (aka bacon), bangers (aka sausage), white pudding, roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, potatoes and soda bread for $9. Can’t get there by this afternoon? Don’t worry, they are open everyday but Monday.
At The Paddock at Devon, $9.95 gets you an Irish entrée like bangers and mash, Irish stew or Corned Beef and Cabbage. Wear all green for a chance to win the best-dressed contest and bring the kids for face painting, live music and Irish dance lessons.
In historic Head House Square, Dark Horse Pub will be serving Irish breakfast all day, but they also have Guinness battered fish and chips, bangers and mash and Shepard’s pie.
College kids know how to celebrate, so head up to New Deck Tavern to watch some 20-something reverie. Listen to Irish music, and order off the special menu with beef stew, ham and cabbage and homemade Irish brown bread. (Fish and chips, Shepard’s pie and bangers and mash are available all year.)
Try to snag a seat outside at Moriarity’s on Walnut Street and dive into some of their classics: Housemade Irish potato soup, Bass Ale battered cod or shrimp and chips, and North American Salmon with an Irish whisky sauce. (Pssst…the fries aren’t Irish at Moriarty’s, but they are delish, so order them too.)
And lastly, at the Shanachie Pub in Ambler, everyday is St. Patrick’s Day, but today their traditional menu means something more. Feast on a Celtic cheese board, Irish smoked salmon plate, brown crab, spinach and Irish cheese dip or a Dublin seafood coddle with Irish sausage, shellfish, bacon, potatoes, peas and onions.