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Feb 23, 2008 09:19 AM

Corned Beef and Cabbage in San Diego

With St. Patrick's Day coming up in a couple of weeks, I'm hoping to find a great place for traditional corned beef and cabbage. Care to offer some suggestions?


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    1. Hooley's, in Rancho San Diego might not be a bad spot.

      I have made it at home a couple of times - it's pretty easy with the Niman Ranch corned beef from Trader Joes. You just boil it until tender and put the cut up cabbage in the water toward the end of the cooking time. I like it with a little pepper vinegar on the cabbage. Mmmmm....

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      1. re: Alice Q

        Oh, I can make it myself, but I'm trying to find some places to talk about on The Gourmet Club. I'm wondering how The Field in the Gaslamp is. Kare Raisu mentioned it -- have you been there? Obviously, the dish is not really authentic Irish, but let's face it, it's been adopted as "the meal" on St. Paddy's Day.

        1. re: sandiegofoodstuff

          I like the Field for its corned beef and cabbage. You can also get it served with a truly authentic Irish potato dish called Boxty. Of course, if you go on St. Patrick's day it will be really crowded but there will be some music and stepdancers too.

          1. re: sandiegofoodstuff

            I haven't had corned beef and cabbage there, but I think it would have to be the top pick (as these posts attest!) Hooley's probably isn't as good as the Field, but it's not too bad for the E. County. We occasionally stop in there because it's next to our closest movie theater.

            There's a very good chance that Jay at the Linkery or Jayne's Gastropub could be planning to offer it around that time, so you might want to check with them. It just strikes me as the kind of thing they might do.

          2. re: Alice Q

            Whenever I visit San Diego, I make sure to visit The Field. I have always found their atmosphere very comfortable and the staff is great. The food is always outstanding and the Guiness is fresh.

          3. My birthday is on St. Patricks day - and CB and C is what I always have for my birthday dinner, that said, I like the Fields Rendition. Though youd be hard pressed to find me there on the 17th! ;)

            1. The Field it is, then. Thanks -- now I'll go try it and judge for myself!


              1. Figured I'd throw this in for good measure: McDini's. This place has been around as long as I can remember, and St. Patrick's Day is a BIG deal here. The location isn't great, but the place will be hoppin'. I can't attest to the quality of the food, as it's been several years since I've been there, but they must be doing something right. Heck, once upon a time, it was pretty much the ONLY place in SD to go to for St. Patrick's Day!