Next week is an annual time of solidarity and unity in our country. No matter your race, religion or ethnic origins, we’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.
This year, the holiday falls on a Tuesday, so we’re all celebrating this weekend. One of the local restaurants that goes all out is our own Canadian Honker, which has a St. Paddy’s Day tradition dating back 30 years. In what’s billed as some of the most authentic Irish cuisine in town, the Honker will be serving up various delicacies for a very limited time — from March 14 through March 17.
The special “green” menu for those four days only includes everything you could ask for in an Irish feast, including corn beef and cabbage (of course), mulligan stew, fish and chips, a corn beef sandwich, fish and chips, Bantry Bay baked fish, braised short ribs and Aran Islands fisherman’s pie.
All entrees are served with freshly baked Irish soda bread, and they even have appropriately Irish brews to wash it down with — either Powers Irish Whisky or Guinness.
If you’re in the mood for a party atmosphere, be sure to stop by on the actual day (Tuesday, March 17) for live music by the Turkey River All Stars. Canadian Honker is at 1203 Second St. SW, and is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. The lounge is open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Speaking of Irish soda bread, Great Harvest (706 N. Broadway) has been serving up the delicacy for a couple weeks now, so grab yourself a seasonal loaf while you can. Other local places will be celebrating the luck o’ the Irish this weekend as well, including Kathy’s Pub, which is opening its patio for the first time this season on Sunday afternoon. This week, Caribou Coffee also has been featuring a limited-time-only lucky drink: the St. Paddy’s Day Mint Mocha, which features green whipped cream, is available through March 17.
Finally, Whistle Binkies Olde World Pub (3120 Wellner Drive Northeast) and Whistle Binkies on the Lake (247 Woodlake Drive Southeast) are purists — they’re not celebrating St. Paddy’s until the day of, Tuesday, March 17, but then it’ll be a right good party.
They’ll be serving corned beef and cabbage, as well as Irish egg rolls, all day long. Their specialty may lie in the drinks, though — choose from Irish car bombs, a Big Ginger, half & half (Guinness and Harp) or just Guinness Irish Stout or Harp Irish Lager on tap. Green color can be added to your beer upon request.
Quick News Bites
In other not-Irish but definitely-lucky news, Harbor View Restaurant in Pepin, Wis., is officially opening its doors for the season tomorrow, March 13 — if you’ve been waiting for sticky toffee cake, stuffed mushrooms, Alaskan Halibut or Georgia walnut pie, have just one more day of patience, grasshopper. Your time is coming.
(But seriously, it’s tomorrow. Make your plan now for the weekend visit.)
If you’re back in town on Saturday, stop by Pi Pizza (3932 Marketplace Drive NW) for Pi Day (3.14 — get it?). Once again, they’re partnering with Channel One for a nonperishable foodraiser… so if you want your margherita pizza, bring in a nonperishable food item on Saturday to donate, and your cheese pizza will be the price of pi — just $3.14.
Be sure to bring in a food item for every pizza you’d like to purchase (limit four per person), and then here’s an idea — go outside and enjoy it on your own patio.