Corned beef and cabbage: A St. Patrick’s Day miracle!

Did you come here looking for St. Patrick’s Day brunch ideas? Seriously? No, really.

Well, depending on what day you plan on getting trashed, there are more than enough options to help you find that one green rise ‘n’ shine that truly says, “I am Irish,” for SPD2K9. While I may not be an expert on shamrocks, Celtic folklore or Riverdance, I do know this: where to track down food at 11:00 in the morning. On that note, please drink responsibly and don’t run me over with your car.

Come with me for St. Patricks Day fun!

Come with me for St. Patrick's Day fun!

Saturday, March 14

St. Patrick’s Day Brunch Buffet at Mrs. Murphy and Sons
Want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day but need to “keep it together” for the kids with a family-friendly environment? Enjoy Irish fare without all the drunkies at at Mrs. Murphy and Sons brunch buffet from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and regular brunch on Sunday (Adults $16.95, Kids 12 and under $9.95). Reservations are recommended. Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro is located at 3905 N. Lincoln Ave. in North Center. For more information, call 773.248.3905.

The Pony
A convenient option for those of you not leaving Lakeview for the South Side: The Pony will be offering a breakfast buffet for $20, along with $4 green beers and $4 corned beef sandwiches from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m, or until you wake up in your bed the next morning with no idea how you got there. The Pony is located at 1638 W. Belmont Ave. in Lakeview. For more information, call 773.826.5055.

Harry Caray’s
Holy corned beef and cabbage!  Harry Caray’s kicks off a day-long celebration of Ireland, shamrock shakes and debauchery, with specials such as lamb burger, Shepherd’s pie and $9.95 hot corned beef sandwiches. The downtown restaurant has a convenient location steps away from the Chicago River for prime green river viewing pleasure. Harry Caray’s is located at 33 W. Kinzie St. in River North. For more information, call 312.222.9200312.828.0966.

Morton’s, The Steakhouse
Fact: brunch buffets are a dying breed. That’s why Shoney’s are now sequestered below the Mason-Dixon line. For all-you-can-eat CB&C (!!), potatoes, soda bread, and other Irish delicacies, Morton’s is helping you help yourself from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. And what would St. Patrick’s Day be without $4 green beers? Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 65 E. Wacker Place in the Loop. For more information, call 312.201.0410.

Sunday, March 15

Seasons Restaurant at the Four Seasons
The great thing about dining at the Four Seasons is it really doesn’t matter what the occasion it, it will always be better than what you were probably planning on screwing up at home. If not, you can always throw it in your waiter’s face and demand satisfaction, as mandated by bourgeois society (Note: NOT recommended). Expect “authentic” Irish dishes for $$$$, i.e. corned beef and cabbage — but, like, way better. First seating at 10:30 a.m., Second seating at 1:30 p.m. The Four Seasons is located at 120 E. Delaware Pl. in the Gold Coast. For more information, call 312.649.2349.

The Galway Arms
The nice part about getting belligerently drunk in Lincoln Park is that the chances of getting kicked out are slim since there’s always bound to be someone drunker and a bigger asshole than you. Unfortunately, this is also a downside. Those avoiding the drunken masses of St. Patrick’s Day need not fear missing out on pudding and potatoes; The Galway arms serves brunch every weekend from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The Galway Arms is located at 2442 N. Clark St. in Lincoln Park. For more information, call 773.472.5555.

Rugby fans and those dedicated to drinking at an Irish bar best be prepared to kiss away greenbacks for green beers. Shell out $20 at the door for satellite coverage of the Live 6 Nations Rugby Action game between England and France, and dishing out a few more for Irish sausage, corned beef hash and potatoes. Fado is located at 100 W. Grand Ave. in River North. For more information, call 312.836.0066‎.

Tuesday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day at (insert Irish bar of your choice here)
Does your local watering hole include the following terms: clover, shamrock, brothers, trinity, celtic, or any Irish name starting with “Mc” or “O'”? Chances are, they’re opening bright and early to serve you green beer and cabbage. If not, never return to those hacks again.

Rockit Bar and Grill
Known for putting twists on the traditions, don’t expect your run-of-the-mill corned beef and cabbage here. Then again, maybe that’s exactly what you need. Either way, you can guess that it will be damn good and easily accessible from your office. Drink specials include $5 Guinness cans and $6 Irish car bombs, starts at 10:30 a.m. Rockit Bar and Grill is located at 22 W. Hubbard St. For more information, call 312.645.6000.

Mystic Celt
For those of you who requested the day off of work, you should have no problem getting up bright and early at 9:00 a.m. and heading up to Lakeview for bagpipes, beers and beef. Start with brunch and continue on as you see fit with various WXRT/Miller Lite/Red Eye parties scheduled throughout the day. Mystic Celt is located at 3443 N. Southport in Lakeview. For more information, call 773.529.8550.

Emerald Loop
If you did not request off work, this Irish restaurant in the Loop should be an easy out from that suspicious bottomless mug of Starbucks that somehow makes your breath reek of Jameson. Green beer, Irish music and dancers, and leprechauns start at 10:00 a.m. Emerald Loop is located at 216 N. Wabash in the Loop. For more information, call 312.263.0200.

Wilde Chicago
The Irish food, green beer and Irish dancers are understandable, but the face painting and balloon artists are beyond me. Festivities start at 11:00 a.m. on Tue. Brunch is available on Sat. & Sun. as well, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wilde is located at 3130 N. Broadway St. in Lakeview. For more information, call 773.244.0404.

— Carly Fisher


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