Kiss Me, I’m Irish! Happy St. Patrick’s Day & Irish Food in the City

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Happy St. Patty’s everyone!  I’m decked out in some green clothes and jewelry and thinking about yummy Irish food that I unfortunately won’t get the chance to eat today *cries*.  Like I mentioned yesterday, I feel embarrassed that I didn’t plan out my festivities better so instead of sharing pictures and a write-up of Irish food, I’ll just have to make do with sharing where you can get some good eats in and around the city!  I promise that when I do get around to trying a bunch of Irish dishes, I’ll share and if I’m lucky (like a little four-leaf clover, ha) I’ll have tons to share for next year’s occasion. 

I really want to thank my two friends, Breige and Melissa, for helping me learn about Irish foods and traditional meals.  Even though they both adamently say that Ireland is not known for its food per se, I still really wanted to know and they humoured me, ha.  It definitely made searching for authentic menu items in the city much easier!  So if you’re in the mood to celebrate today, head over to these places and try out some of the Irish dishes!

  1. The Overdraught Irish Pub (located at 156 Front Street West) serves several traditional Irish dishes such as Irish stew, shepherd’s pie, steak and mushroom pie, boxty potato pancakes, and bangers and mash!  Potatoes are huuuuge in Ireland (not in size, I mean in popularity, haha) and boxty and bangers and mash (sausages with potatoes) are just two of the many dishes that feature potatoes as the main ingredient.  Irish stew is normally served with beef or lamb (or otherwise referred to as “mutton”) and The Overdraught’s version serves theirs with lamb, potatoes, and vegetables.  Boxty menu items ring at $9.50 and Irish mains come in at around $13-$14.
  2. Watermark Irish Pub and Restaurant (located at 207 Queens Quay West inside the Queens Quay terminal) serves their Irish stew with a helping of both beef and lamb, accompanied by Irish soda bread!  Soda bread can either be white or brown bread, and some versions also contain raisins.  Watermark serves a rosemary soda bread with their Irish stew, along with some other dishes such as meat pies.  The Irish stew main is $14.
  3. Fionn MacCool (The Esplanade location at 70 Esplanade) serves mini Yorkshire puddings in their starter menu ($9.99)  and a steak and mushroom boxty in the menu of mains ($11.99), as well as plenty of meat dishes braised in Guinness!
  4. Finally, the hallmark of Irish breakfast is the traditional breakfast fry!  This one is only served on the weekends (to my utter sorrow) so you can treat it as your “morning after” meal, if you know what I mean 😉  The Irish Embassy Pub and Grill (located at 49 Yonge St. at Wellington) serves an authentic Irish breakfast fry complete with eggs, sausages, back bacon, black pudding, tomatoes, home fry potatoes, baked beans, and toast!  As well, they also serve a breakfast soda bread with eggs benedict and your choice between smoked salmon, bacon, or spinach.  Prices come in at $11-$12.
  5. If you are in the Markham area, you can also check out Arthur’s Irish Pub (at 3621 Hwy. 7 East at the corner of Warden Ave within the Town Centre Blvd. plaza) for some live music, drinks, and food.  My best friend and I went for lunch 2 years ago and we had a really good time!

So there you have it!  Your personal resource guide to all things Irish and yummy.  Trust that I WILL get my hands (and my tastebuds) on that delicous breakfast fry and devour it.  Happy St. Patty’s everyone! 😀

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