T.G.I.S. Thank Guinness it’s Saturday—because everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re all probably going to need Sunday to recover….
Especially if you live in Downtown Detroit, where there are plenty of places to celebrate all day long!
The holiday actually kicked off last weekend, with the St. Patrick’s Parade (which actually kicked off sixty years ago in 1958) and the Corktown races which (because my luxury loft is within easy walking distance to Corktown) actually ran right past us on Little Dog’s morning ramble—which believe me, is not far, or fast.
This Saturday’s celebrations are much more to Little Dog’s taste: they involve food.
You have to start the day strong, so I recommend Grand Trunk Pub for their incredible Corned Beef and locally-sourced menu.
For Breakfast or Brunch, you can’t beat their Round House, with Wigley’s Corned Beef Hash, Two Eggs, and Toast or their Corktown, a Breakfast Sandwich with Wigley’s Corned Beef, Cream Cheese, and Tomato on a Detroit Institute of Bagels Bagel served with Better Made Chips.
Take your Sandwich game further with their Grand Trunk Pub Reuben, with Wigley’s Corned Beef, The Poet Stout Kraut, Guggisberg Swiss, and GTP 1000 Russians Dressing on Golden Wheat Bakery Rye.
Or ‘Dublin up’ (#sorrynotsorry) with The Foran, an Angus Burger Topped with Wigley’s Corned Beef, GTP 1000 Russians Dressing, Swiss cheese, and The Poet Stout Kraut on a Golden Wheat Bakery Onion-Poppyseed Bun.
Okay, and for obvious reasons, Little Dog recommends their Finnigan (named after the original owner’s dog) with Marinated and Grilled Chicken Breast topped with Fresh Mozzarella, Baby Spinach, and Tomato-Basil Aioli on Golden Wheat Bakery Olive Bread.
Pair those with pints of River’s Edge Slea Head Irish Red (5.5 ABV), The deep reddish copper color comes from both crystal malt and a small dose of roasted barley, which also adds a touch of dryness to the finish or Short’s Uncle Steve’s Irish Stout (4.5 ABV), Short’s version of the classic Irish Stout, complete with a dark color, soft head, and smooth full roasted malt flavor typical of this lighter bodied style.
Located in Corktown, McShane’s Irish Pub is “Detroit’s Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar.” On Saturday, it is the authentic way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (when, because it is ‘The Place to Be’ for Irish food and fare, they have a limited menu—but, believe me, the FUN you have in there will be unlimited). And on Sunday, you can recover, and on every other day of the year, you can restart your celebrations with a selection of savories from their ‘So Let’s Get Started’ menu!
Stout Cheddar Horseradish Spread, a Rich and Creamy Cheddar-Spread Flavored with Guinness, served with Fresh Toast Points, Pub Chips and Vegetables. This “one of a kind” appetizer pairs perfectly with Paddy’s Potato Skins, Baked and then Fried, these Potato Boats are Smothered with Cheddar Jack Cheese, Crisp Hickory-Smoked Bacon and Topped with Green Onions.
If by land or if by sea, you need to try their Dante’s Roast Bites, Tenderly Braised Roast Tips Sautéed with Stout Beer Braised Onions and Mushrooms Tossed with a Beef Demi-Glace and Garnished with Balsamic Glaze and Crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (Served with Toast Points) AND their Angry Drunken Mussels, Bay Mussels Steamed in a Guinness Bath with a Zesty Stewed-Tomato Broth and Spicy Sausage. Served with toast points for dipping.
And if you ‘wonton go a little crazy’ (#sorrynotsorry), get an order of their Irish Egg Rolls, Wontons Stuffed with Braised Cabbage, Potato, Scallion and Corned Beef with Baby Swiss Cheese and Served with their Blarney Stone-Ground Mustard.
I am not sure you can actually say ‘Irish French’ in the same phrase, but you sure can slurp up their Irish French Onion Soup, an Irish Twist on an old Favorite with Onions Braised in Guinness and Teeling’s Irish Whiskey Stewed in a Deep Dark Rich Broth, Smothered with Garlic & Herb Croutons with Provolone and Served by the Crock.
One of my favorite childhood meals was my Mom’s Patty Melt—and, I’ll admit, I always thought it was called a Paddy Melt and still say it that way in my head! So I have to recommend a Paddy’s Irish Melt, a Half Pound of their Special Blend Ground Beef cooked to order with Grilled Onions, Baby Swiss, and Blarney Stone-Ground Mustard Sauce on Grilled Swirled-Rye Bread.
Okay, and it wouldn’t be a true celebration without at least one rousing rendition of “Whiskey in The Jar”—and you can go several rounds with the excellent selection at McShane’s! Their selection is so vast that it is divided into Blended and Single Malt Whisky (and, no, that’s not a typo—there’s no ‘e’ in Scotch Whisky, which you can still enjoy on March 17th) and Bourbon, Rye, Canadian, American, and, of course, Irish Whiskeys (okay, and one more fun fact: it’s Scotch Whiskies and Irish Whiskeys). Spelling is hard—and so is choosing with an extensive list like McShane’s—but they’re all excellent, so you’ll whatever you pick will go down easy!
It really doesn’t matter what you choose, because celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Detroit is a #WinWin!