St. Paddy’s Day spirit (and spirits) in TLH

by Tallahassee Table

Everyone is at least a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day so we can all happily share the festivities and food specials taking place for the holiday in Tallahassee..

With luck, you’ll discover treats like Irish soda bread, Shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage as well a pint of Guinness and perhaps a Green beer,  or two.

You’ll likely be seeing lots of green at many supermarkets (not talking about the produce) and your favorite local bakeries, with clover-shaped cookies and sweets decorated with emerald icing or sprinkles — and even a green-marbled pizza crust.

While there’s no St. Patrick’s Day parade this year, more due to the need for building new membership rather than the coronavirus, but the St. Patrick’s Day spirit will still be prevalent in Tallahassee. Be sure to check with your destination to confirm events are taking place as planned.

Irish themed restaurant/bar specials
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s:The restaurant will be serving corned beef and cabbage (along with the regular menu) and green beer. Listen to Irish tunes performed by the group, Hot Mess, at 5:30 p.m. March 17. 1208 Capital Circle SE; 850-504-2333.

Dave’s Pizza Garage: Irish meets Italian at the pizzeria, where owner David Shearer will be serving green-marbled pizza crust. There’s a limited supply so call ahead or order ahead online. The dough will be available for small, large and personal pies and can be used for calzones, pizza and breadstick nubbies. 2887 Kerry Forrest Pkwy.; 850-597-9456.

Island Wing Co. Grill & Bar: DJ Nate Bragg will be spinning dance tunes, plus there will be green beer, shamrock shots and the drink of the month: Irish Island Coffee. The party’s from 5 p.m. to midnight March 17. 1370 Market St.; 850-692-3116.

McGowan’s Hops & Grapes:The Irish pub will be offering a St. Patrick’s Day lineup on March 17 that includes corned beef and cabbage, bangers (sausage) and mash, Reuben flatbread and Irish beef stew. The regular menu will also be served and there’s Guinness on tap.  Bannerman Crossings shopping center, 3431 Bannerman Rd.; 850-999-8505.

Proper at Proof: The restaurant at Proof Brewing Company will be serving a Rueben and the Shepard’s pie empanadas with the fun name, Shepanada, to mark St. Patrick’s Day. Proof will be having several drink specials including $4 Irish whiskey shots, $4 Picklebacks, $5 Creatures in the Dark and $5 Creatures in the Dark bombs.1320 Monroe St.; 850-577-0517.

Baked goods with an Irish twist

Tasty Pastry:The longtime bakery, open more than 50 years, will be serving clover-shaped cookies, Irish soda bread and Shepherd’s pie. You can call in advance to order. 1355 Market St.; 850-893-3752

TC Bakery featuring Ma Mary’s:Jennifer Young bakes an assortment of cakes at this Southside bakery, which Young says is the only bakery on the Southside,  but her St. Patrick’s Day choice will be a red velvet cake, except it will have a green filling instead of red. The bakery, with a soul food restaurant as well, is just north of the campus of Florida A&M University, at 614 Eugenia St.; 850-577-1776.

Treva’s Pastries and Fine Foods: The shop will have prepared Irish food items in the freezer, including corned beef with leek and kale colcannon, beef and Guinness pie, Shepherd’s pie, Irish mac and cheese. Other items (not in the freezer) include Irish soda bread, pub cheese, chocolate Stout cake, Guinness chocolate doughnuts and shamrock shortbread cookies.  You can order in advance. 2766 Capital Circle NE; 850-765-0811. 

St. Patrick’s Day-themed parties

Sorry to say that parties at Blue Tavern and finnegan’s wake will be canceled this year.

Photo: Brass Taps

Brass Taps: Due to crowd limitations due to the coronavirus, Brass Taps has had to drop its plans for a parking lot block party but there will still be lots of celebrations. There will be three sets of music, games and drink specials. The restaurant will be serving drink specials and corned beef and cabbage from March 14 through March17. 1321 Thomasville Rd.; 850-320-6300. 

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