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Tucson: St. Patricks Day Dining and Whiskey Tasting

Irish Soda Bread
Image by Jeff Cushner via Flickr

It’s that time of year again when foods that are not traditionally green show up like bagels and beer. Also look for lots of green socks and green ties. I wonder if more people get green tattoos on St. Patrick’s Day? If you get one, post a comment.

Here are a few last minute ideas how to celebrate the wearin’ of the green:

Bluefin Seafood Bistro
Serving Guinness-braised corned beef and cabbage at 7053 N. Oracle Road; 520-531-8500. The mere thought of an icy Guinness on a hot day makes me thirsty.

Frankie’s South Philly Cheesesteaks
Serving ham, cabbage, and potatoes, either in a sandwich or on a platter along with an Irish Barbershop Quartet singing for your festive lunch pleasure from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2574 N. Campbell Ave., 520-795-2665.

Hotel Congress
Come on down to everyone’s favorite Hotel from 6 to 8 p.m. for a whiskey taste-off between the Bushmills and the Jameson! $12 buys you six tastes at 311 E. Congress St.

Jonathan’s Cork
Serving sliced corned beef with stone ground mustard and  boiled cabbage, carrots and potatoes; a great way to eat your veggies — sort of at 6320 N. Tanque Verde Road.

Kingfisher Bar & Grill
Corned beef, cabbage and Irish soda bread are on the menu at this venerable spot that continues to draw crowds and raves at 2564 E. Grant Road, 520-323-7739.

Pastiche
Pastiche will transform into Paddy’s Irish Pub, serving Irish cuisine beyond the traditional corned beef. This year’s menu includes smoked salmon with potato cakes, bangers and mash with onion gravy, grilled lamb chops with Irish whiskey cream sauce, potato dumplings and Guinness Stout cake. (The menu sounds spectacular.) Irish spirits—wine, whiskey and beer at 3025 N. Campbell Ave., 520-325-3333.

Be sure to drive safely and if you’re too drunk to drive — don’t.

Karyn Zoldan
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