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Where To Eat St. Paddy’s Day Week

March 11, 2014 3:18 PM

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By Lauren Wulf

Ring in St. Patrick’s Day with the festive menus below. From traditional Irish pubs to taco joints, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. This list features some great spots for brunch on parade day and special dinner menus featuring everything from Guinness to corned beef (of course).

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The Smoke Daddy

1804 W. Division St
Chicago, IL
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Wicker Park’s favorite BBQ pit, The Smoke Daddy, will bring back its famous, once-a-year Smoke Daddy Smoked Reuben Sandwich ($8) for the week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day (March 10 – 17). The corned beef is smoked for several hours until tender, sliced thin, then topped with an Irish twist on Daddy’s house-made coleslaw, melted Swiss cheese and served on fresh, toasted rye.

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Cantina Laredo

508 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
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Cantina Laredo in River North will open early at 10:30 a.m. on St. Paddy’s parade day, Saturday, March 15. The full brunch, lunch and dinner menus will be available for post-parade partiers, and a DJ will spin Irish tunes and Latin beats in the upstairs lounge from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Green beer and margaritas will be flowing until 11 p.m. On Monday, March 17, the Mexican restaurant and lounge will be open regular hours (11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.) and offer margaritas made with Cabo Wabo blanco tequila for $5 each.

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(Photo Credit: Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club’s Facebook)

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
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Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club in Lakeview will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Monday, March 17 from 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Guests will enjoy traditional Irish food specials while sipping half-priced green martinis and cocktails ($6.75 each). In addition, Kit Kat’s entire dinner menu will be 33-percent off from 5:30 p.m. until midnight. Diva Traci Ross will entertain guests with lively, intermittent performances throughout the evening.

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(Photo Credit: Stoutchicago.com

Stout Barrel House and Galley

642 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
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Stout Barrel House and Galley will welcome parade goers and St. Paddy celebrants alike for brunch from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16. The River North restaurant offers a build-your-own 22 ounce bloody mary bar, with choice of Tito’s ($9), Ketel One ($10) or Grey Goose ($11). The brunch offerings include: steel cut oatmeal; biscuits and gravy; breakfast pizza; omelets; carnitas benedict; red velvet waffles, Nutella and peanut butter pancakes; banana beignets; Maine lobster rolls; Stout sliders; flatbreads; salads; and sandwiches. Stout will be open until 5 a.m. on Saturday and 4 a.m. on Sunday (late night dining menu available until 3 a.m.). On St. Patrick’s Day, Stout will serve dinner and drinks starting at 4 p.m.

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(Photo Credit: frascapizzeria.com)

Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar

3358 North Paulina
Chicago, IL
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Chicago’s affinity for pizza and beer will be realized in one dish with Frasca’s famous Guinness Pizza served on St. Patrick’s Day – Monday, March 17th. Frasca’s wood-fire oven pie goes for $13, and is made with a real Guinness stout crust and topped with béchamel sauce, roasted onions, fingerling potatoes, bacon, three cheeses and an egg. Dining guests may also customize their pizzas. This special holiday dining event can also be paired with the nightly “kids eat free” promotion, 4:30pm-6:00pm. Frasca’s popular weekend brunch, will feature Irish classics like house-made Corned Beef Hash & Eggs and Irish Coffee on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

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The Glunz Tavern

1202 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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The Glunz Tavern will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend in true Irish tradition from Friday, March 14 through Monday, March 17. Menu specials include house-cured Corned Beef sandwiches ($6), Corned Beef entrée served with colcannon, parsleyed potatoes, carrots and onions and homemade Irish soda bread ($14), Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake ($8) and Irish Whiskey Cupcakes ($6). Pints of Guinness on tap will be offered for $7 along with Irish coffee with homemade clotted cream for $10. The Glunz Tavern is open on Friday from 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m. and Monday 5 p.m.-12 a.m.

(Photo Credit: Taco Joint's Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Taco Joint’s Facebook)

Joint

1969 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614

W. Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60654
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Taco Joint in Lincoln Park and River North will offer several St. Paddy’s specials from Friday, March 14 to Monday, March 17. The urban taqueria will feature a Oaxacan inspired, corned beef and cabbage taco (ancho-pasilla rubbed corned beef brisket, charred Guinness salsa and mezcal smoked cabbage on a flour tortilla) for $3.50, in addition to Guinness “black and green” margaritas (Guinness served over a frozen margarita) for $8. A special St. Paddy’s Day trio – corned beef taco, pint of Guinness and shot of Olmeca blanco tequila – will be available for $10.

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(Photo Credit: crosbyschicago.com)

Crosby’s Kitchen

3455 N. Southport Ave.
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Dunlay’s

3137 W. Logan Blvd
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2600 N. Clark St.
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Both neighborhood Dunlay’s locations (Logan Square and Lincoln Park) and Crosby’s Kitchen will feature traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage specials, as well as Shepherd’s Pie, on St. Pat’s weekend, March 15 & 16. This special holiday dining event may be paired with the nightly “kids eat free” promotion, 4:30pm-6:00pm at Crosby’s Kitchen or either Dunlay’s, or coupled with all three restaurant’s weekend brunch option, which on St. Pat’s weekend will also feature Irish classics like house-made Corned Beef Hash & Eggs and Irish Coffee.

Lauren Wulf, CBS Chicago

Lauren Wulf writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago.

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