According to Carl Winters, co-owner of Molly Darcys, corned beef and cabbage is not an authentic dish from Ireland.
“Corned beef and cabbage isn’t known in Ireland. It really started in America when the Irish were living in a community in Lower Manhattan. They were tied to the Italian and Jewish communities so when they couldn’t get their Irish ham, they used Jewish corned beef.”
Nevertheless, if you have a craving for this customary dish you will have no problem finding it today along with other traditional Irish dishes.
Patch Picks found three restaurants in Ladue-Frontenac and two in Clayton that are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Lester’s Sports Bar & Grill, 9906 Clayton Rd., Ladue, (314) 994-0055
Food Specials: Corned beef, cabbage and new potatoes platter.
Drink Specials: Special edition Bud Light St. Patrick’s Day aluminum bottles.
Entertainment: Bagpipers, provided by Grey Eagle Distributors, will stop by.
Special Hours: Opening an hour earlier that usual: 10 a.m.—10 p.m.
Sportsman’s Park Restaurant, 9901 Clayton Rd., Ladue, (314) 991-3381
Food Specials: Corned beef, cabbage and new potatoes.
Kreis’ Restaurant, 535 S. Lindbergh, Frontenac, (314) 993-0735
Food Specials: Corned beef, cabbage and new potatoes. Reservations are suggested.
Molly Darcys, 26 N. Meramec, Clayton, (314) 863-8400
Food Specials: Wide range of Celtic foods including bangers and mash, potato soup, Guinness stew, fish and chips, and corned beef and cabbage.
Drink Specials: Winner of the Guinness head to head Perfect Pint pour-off this Irish pub boasts the widest range of Irish Whiskeys in St. Louis. Guinness is the primary beer and Molly Darcys also has on draught Smithwick’s (Irish ale) and Harp (Irish lager). It also features single malt Scotches and single barrel Bourbons.
Entertainment: 4 p.m.—7 p.m. Maple Jam Band (Irish and Bluegrass); 7 p.m.—10 p.m. Buddy Mueller Band (classic rock).
Kilkenny’s Pub, 20 North Central Avenue, Clayton, (314) 725-0161
Food Specials: An entire St. Patrick’s Day menu such as Guinness stew, Guinness beer cheese soup, bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, Reuben sandwiches.
Drink Specials: Buy a glass of Guinness and keep the glass. Shot specials: Jameson Irish Whiskey and Irish Dudes. Bud Light St. Patrick’s Day aluminum bottles.
Hours: 11 a.m.—11 p.m.