St. Patrick’s Day isn’t typically known for its culinary confections, unless you think Guinness counts as a food. We’ve followed the rainbow to find some St. Patrick's-inspired fare that's not your stereotypical corned beef and cabbage.
437 Ellicott St.; 342-2901
The culinary crew at Toutant is celebrating St. Paddy’s with a little southern flair, brining its brisket in corned beef brine for over a week. These will be served smoked over hardwood with cabbage salad and of course, some Irish style-beers on tap.
The establishment is already known for its whiskey, so if you’re looking beyond the Jameson and Bushmills, Chef James Roberts and his team can show you the way.
[Read The News' review of Toutant]
2. Winfield’s Pub
1213 Ridge Road, Lackawanna; 821-0700
Located down the street from the “Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” which marches from the Basilica in Lackawanna to Lackawanna City Hall less than a block away, Winfield’s is serving its Irish specials from March 15-19.
Among those is the slightly off-center salmon with leeks, (dinner only), served with Guinness Hollandaise sauce ($22.95). The spot is also serving up Colcannon ($6 for a side), a kale and potato concoction not so commonly found this side of the pond.
[Read The News' review of Winfield's Pub]
5 East Huron St.; 848-4500
Usually offering a menu centered around seafood, Oshun is running a one-day-only corned beef and cabbage special, using the same recipe that made the Sterling Tavern famous. Corned beef sandwiches with a side will go for $12, dinners with cabbage, carrots and potato for $18. Irish beers and whiskey will also be flowing, to wash it all down.
[Read News review of Oshun]
4. Pizza Plant
7770 Transit Road, Williamsville and 125 Main St. Buffalo; 626-5566
Pizza Plant just opened a new location at Canalside, a much more convenient post-parade lunch spot than the chain’s other outposts, and just in time for this year’s step-off, is serving a corned beef pod ($12.99) and Guinness chocolate bread pudding ($7.49). Part of its monthly special pod rotation, these bad boys dropped March 1 and will be on deck while supplies last.
[Get a glimpse inside the new downtown Pizza Plant]
If you’re not a corned beef fan, try beef cooked in beer. Lloyd Taco Trucks is serving up Guinness-braised beef with crispy fried potatoes, whole grain mustard vinaigrette and parsley this week on all of its trucks. These little pockets of fusion-y goodness come in taco ($3.09) and burrito ($8.58) options.
5 1/2 Buffalo Proper
333 Franklin St.; 783-8699
While it’s not technically a food special, Buffalo Proper will be shutting down the dining room all day on parade day, from noon to 6 p.m. March 20 for a party featuring $6 Guinness and Jameson shots, Irish coffee and complimentary snacks. Those will include St. Patrick’s Day tartines, stew and knowing the Proper folks, plenty of surprises.
[Read The News' review of Buffalo Proper here]