Green beer is weird and gross, so let’s all vow this St. Patrick’s Day (Thursday, March 17) to give the stuff up and go for something more delicious and less dyed to celebrate the occasion.
Hotel Congress’ Cup Café
(311 E. Congress St.), for instance, is offering three specials for the day, including house-cured corned beef and cabbage with boiled potatoes ($20) served all day starting at 11 a.m. Other offerings at the Cup are a cast iron shepherd’s pie with minced lamb and Irish cheddar cheese ($22) and an “Irish car bomb” cupcake ($4; Guinness cake, Jameson Mousse, Bailey’s frosting)—both of which will be served starting at 5 p.m.
Over at Kingfisher
(2564 E. Grant Road), chef Jim Murphy will be transforming the seafood-centric spot with a taste of Dublin. Throughout the day, you can sink your teeth into a classic Reuben sandwich for lunch, while dinner will offer the traditional combo of corned beef, cabbage, new potatoes and Irish soda bread.
If you're looking for more craft beer for your St. Paddy's celebration, 1912 Brewing Co.
(2045 N. Forbes Blvd. #105) is offering an employee corned beef and cabbage cook-off where the talented brewers and staff will show that their prowess for crafting flavors extends off the brewery floor and into the kitchen. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.
And, for a more upscale dining experience, chef Ryan Clark of PY Steakhouse
at the Casino del Sol (5655 W. Valencia Road) will be serving up a three-course, prix fixe menu from March 17 through 19. The menu will offer Arizona prime corned beef that was brined in a special blend of pickling spices for two weeks before being paired up with potatoes and braised cabbage. A spring lamb stew and apple pie with and Irish whiskey merengue will be served as well for the meal, which is $45 plus tax and gratuity. Best of all, the steakhouse's bar has an estimated over 200 different whiskeys that you can sample while you dine, which should firmly plant you in the celebrating mood even if you decide to celebrate after St. Pat's day proper.