Ultimate St. Patrick’s Feast

In the year-and-a-half since they opened in Excelsior, Jake O’Connor’s has been quietly redefining fine Irish dining. Why not take St. Patrick’s Day to check out this nouveau gastro-pub? Pictured here: classic corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beer, and Murphy’s stout pie. Meanwhile, vegans and vegetarians who want their Irish eyes to be smiling are advised to report to Merlin’s Rest for their new vegetarian and vegan menu of British and Emerald Isle classics, including, no kidding, meat-free bangers and mash. Jake O’Connor’s, 200 Water St., Excelsior, 952-908-9650; Merlin’s Rest, 3601
E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-216-2419