ST. Patrick's Day recommendations?
It's that time of year and I am having folks in for my birthday which is St. Patrick's Day and being of Irish decent I need a restaurant serving good corned beef and cabbage--traditional St. Pat's food.
Any recommendations, especially North Austin, Arboretum area.
I think you're going to have to stick to the Pubs downtown. There's BD Riley's, Fado and Mother Egan's. They serve all the trditional Irish pub fare. Expect crowds.
There's also the Dog and Duck. They usually do something for St Paddy's Day.
Since you're looking north, I wonder whether Opal Divine's Marina (Mo-Pac North at Parmer Lane) is doing something?
Just a hunch, but around the Arboretum, North by Northwest (NXNW) might have something special going on. And you might avoid the downtown crowds.
Troytempest's hunch is correct. From the NXNW website:
This St. Patrick's Day, NXNW is projected to serve it's TWO MILLIONTH PINT! To celebrate, we're serving green beer, our famous Irish Stout and delicious Irish specials. (Live music, of course!)
I read in Austin Chronicle about the special stout they do for St Pat's. The only problem will be finding a parking place. We have tried to go there, but left after circling the paring lot. So, I don't know anything about the quality of the food.
The Austin Chronicle did do an extensive piece on the great St Pat's pub crawl:
(I can't believe they list Bennigan's, but I guess they do the St Pat's thing for the masses...)
I though I'd throw in an actual sighting of corned beef and cabbage at the hot prepared-foods counter of the downtown Whole Foods Market. They were even serving colcannon (potatoes prepared with cabbage), which makes it a bit more true to the Emerald Isle than many presentations.
I wouldn't be surprised if the one near the Arboretum also has the dish, but the trek to 6th & Lamar'd be but a morning stroll for the cousins in County Clare.