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Who's Having A Great St. Paddy's Dinner In Boston This Year?

thebumbles Mar 11, 2011 06:45 AM

Looking to compile a list of Boston area restaurants/bars for an article about where to find a good St. Patrick's Day dinner. Anyone know of establishments having dinner specials 03/17 or other events throughout that weekend?

  1. mtm7654 Mar 17, 2011 11:26 AM

    Amrhein's in so. Boston had a special of boiled dinner a few weeks ago and I'd imagine they're running it today. It was salty but otherwise very tasty. Grey corned beef, potatoes, beets, turnips, carrots, large pearl onions. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!

    Amrheins Restaurant
    80 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

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      FoodDabbler Mar 17, 2011 11:00 AM

      This is too late for the OP's article, but it may help somebody: Andy's Diner on Mass Ave just past Porter (Arlington direction) is serving a surprisingly good boiled dinner today: corned beef (although advertised as "lean", it's thankfully not too), cabbage, beets, carrots, turnips and potatoes for a very good $8.95.

      (It's a tradition in our home to go to Andy's for breakfast when school is out, and I couldn't resist getting a corned beef meal to go on the way out. I just tasted some of it and was pleased: the corned beef was tasty with the right saltiness, and the vegetables tasted like vegetables and were not mushy. What more can you ask of a boiled meal?)

      Andy's Diner
      2030 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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        jjbourgeois Mar 17, 2011 05:02 AM

        Boston area restaurants serve food on St. Patrick's Day?!?!?! I think UzbekiFoodie has put it correctly, who serves good food despite the fact it's St. Pats day. Personally I avoid going out. I don't need to deal with the drunked beer swilling amateurs that will spend most of their time after 11pm praying to their porcelain gods.

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          observor Mar 16, 2011 09:12 PM

          I would liike to know myself, first St. paddy's day in Boston and looking for a good place with good food.

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          1. re: observor
            thebumbles Mar 17, 2011 07:59 AM

            I had to change the goal of my article for deadline's sake to a list of establishments in various regions of the city offering St. Patty's Day "events" - not just quality food. Here's the list that ended up being run - a variety of styles to fit the desires of different interests:


            1. re: thebumbles
              C. Hamster Mar 17, 2011 11:16 AM

              Sorry I am late to repsond, but ...

              With all due respect, that's a fairly odd list.

              And it omits any establishments in Boston's most Irish Neighborhoods: Southie and Dot (as JJ Foley's is in the South End, not South Boston).

              St. P's day here is not really about the food, I have to agree. SO yours was a tough task from the outset.

              1. re: C. Hamster
                thebumbles Mar 17, 2011 11:27 AM

                I was limited to internet research for event/specials on St. Patty's Day. Many of the places in the areas you speak of - including the tons of options in JP - either did not have websites at all or didn't have anything listed to promote. I ran out of time to make calls to those establishments and so had to run with what options I had.

                Thank you for the Southie/So.End correction - I had submitted correctly to begin with and then in editing the change was made incorrectly. It is now correct again.

                1. re: thebumbles
                  C. Hamster Mar 17, 2011 11:54 AM

                  I understand.

                  Doyle's in JP is super famous locally.

                  There are tons of real Irish bars in Dot and Southie for next year's list.

                  1. re: C. Hamster
                    thebumbles Mar 17, 2011 11:58 AM

                    I have enjoyed Doyle's myself. In my brief research I came across a place in Dot called Gerard's that sounded like a cool little hole-in-the-wall beyond the convenience store entrance. Any experience with it?

                    1. re: thebumbles
                      C. Hamster Mar 17, 2011 12:31 PM

                      I can see Gerard's from my house! In the winter, from the roof at least. It's a block away.

                      Its a popular breakfast place; not recommended beyond that. Often desolate at night or tables of grey hairs. The small bar can get a bit more business. The convenience store entry is pretty odd ...

                      IMO the best place in the neighborhood is the new Irish butcher shop which has started serving food (lunch, breakfast).

                      1. re: C. Hamster
                        thebumbles Mar 17, 2011 12:40 PM

                        Ah - OK. I had read they poured a great pint of Guiness.

                        1. re: thebumbles
                          C. Hamster Mar 17, 2011 01:19 PM

                          The bar is very small and quiet. Might be good Guiness but not exactly a destination spot.

          2. yumyum Mar 11, 2011 09:40 AM

            Olde Magoun's is doing a St. Paddy's hoolie. No cover, live music all day, and traditional dinner. Plus they pour a good pint.

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            1. re: yumyum
              thebumbles Mar 11, 2011 09:42 AM

              Awesome. Thanks for the head's up! Love that phrase - hoolie. Describes what I'm trying to convey perfectly.

              1. re: thebumbles
                LeoLioness Mar 11, 2011 10:08 AM

                It sounds fun, but I wonder if it's just another plastic cup, all-day drunkfest with messy results like so many other bars end up being on March 17? Are you planning to visit the places you write about, or are you just blindly compiling the list?

                1. re: LeoLioness
                  thebumbles Mar 11, 2011 10:26 AM

                  True - I am focused on a place for the meal and the festivities offered in conjunction. I am writing the list and will contact the places for details if I can't get what I need from their site. I'm trying to put together a guide of what's out there and provide the menu/entertainment details to let readers decide if it sounds like their kind of place.

                  1. re: LeoLioness
                    rknrll Mar 11, 2011 11:01 AM

                    Magoun's website says they will be serving in proper glassware.
                    Glassware being underlined.

                    1. re: rknrll
                      yumyum Mar 11, 2011 11:12 AM

                      Yeah. I don't get the impression they will get a lot of plastic cup / green beer crowds. But I've never been to the event there. I do know the guy who's playing during the day (Ronan Quinn) and he's very good.

                      1. re: yumyum
                        LeoLioness Mar 11, 2011 11:33 AM

                        That glass thing is funny! I've been for big playoff games and it's a fairly rowdy crowd, but it does seem like they might be going for something else here.

                        1. re: yumyum
                          yumyum Mar 17, 2011 10:03 AM

                          Having just returned from Olde Magoun's I can attest their St. Paddy's offerings are great. Corned beef and cabbage dinner, plus boiled Irish bacon dinner, plus Shepherd's pie, plus a nicely pulled pint. Not too crazy yet either, but it will get nutso later.


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                            Aromatherapy Mar 17, 2011 01:34 PM

                            Thanks for the update!

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                  UzbekiFoodie Mar 11, 2011 08:04 AM

                  I'm unfamiliar with any sort of "great" culinary element to St. Paddy's day, so really doubt you will find a "great dinner" anywhere, unless it is at a good place which has nothing to do with the holiday. Why not write an article about how to find good food, *despite* the fact that it is St. Patrick's Day?

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                  1. re: UzbekiFoodie
                    thebumbles Mar 11, 2011 08:35 AM

                    Now now - surely boiled dinners can be good?

                    1. re: thebumbles
                      pemma Mar 17, 2011 05:47 AM

                      Boiled dinners are great. The Boston area pubs will be serving corned beef and cabbage, but I will be going to my Irish in-laws for a boiled dinner of corned beef and smoked shoulder. I prefer the shoulder. My Italian mother and grandmother used to make boiled dinners with shoulder, too. Do any local pubs serve shoulder?

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                    lulu806 Mar 11, 2011 07:07 AM

                    We are going to District 7 in Malden on 3/17 and 3/19 - they are having a special menu that weekend (not sure exactly what yet) and Preacher Jack is playing there on 3/19. He's supposed to be a really great piano player/entertainer. This is our new local hangout. Food is very good and they have a very varied specials list every weekend with some interesting menu items for a pub (cajun mahi mahi, chicken milanese, etc.)

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                    1. re: lulu806
                      thebumbles Mar 11, 2011 07:18 AM

                      Thanks lulu. Will contact them for details!

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