Seasonal Specials 2022: St. Patrick’s Day and Fish Fry

Twin Cities area restaurants and pubs are dishing up Irish delights and fish fry specials to celebrate the season
Reuben sandwich at Mason Jar Kitchen & Bar in Eagan

Photo: Mason Jar Kitchen & Bar

When it comes to celebrating St Patrick’s Day, everyone may be a wee bit Irish. And whether you enjoy a juicy Reuben sandwich, a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, or other local fare or a classic non-Irish burger or Jerk chicken, you’ll find it paired with a side of Irish dancers or the lilting strains of Irish music at many establishments around town in honor of the occasion. While St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, which is a Thursday this year, some specials will be offered starting the weekend before or extending to the weekend after the holiday, so check ahead if you would like to go out.

Now through April 15, 2022, fish fry fans will enjoy a number of specials around town in honor of the Lenten tradition of not eating meat on Fridays. But just as you don’t need to be Irish to celebrate St. Paddy’s, you don’t need to follow those religious beliefs to enjoy a good fish fry.

Following are some highlights for both of these occasions, and check with your local favorites if you don’t see them here as many places are happy to celebrate and raise a glass of Guinness—or anything—in honor of a good time with friends and family.

St. Patrick’s Day Specials

The Clover, Rosemount
March 17 specials include Corned Beef & Cabbage with potatoes and Irish brown soda bread ($16), Irish Stew simmered in Guinness and served with grilled garlic toast ($14), Jameson BBQ Wings ($14), Classic Reuben ($14), Kimchi Reuben ($13) and Irish Cream Cheesecake ($8).

Finnegans Brew Co., Downtown Minneapolis
A variety of food trucks—Northbound Smokehouse, Big Red Wagon and Tavola—throughout the day on March 17, at different times beginning at noon, will offer classic Irish fare such as corned beef and cabbage as well as wild rice burgers, smoked wings, Jamaican jerk or barbecue turkey, burgers, Reuben pizza and more. From noon to 11 p.m., enjoy feasting your eyes on Irish step dancers, cloggers, or tapping your own toes to Irish music. Check here for more information and the performance schedule.

The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar, South Minneapolis
March 17, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. March 18
Enjoy specials on Red Locks Irish whiskey, Finnegans craft beer, Guinness, Sociable Matcha, Cider Corned Beef & Cabbage special ($17) and more.

Kip’s Irish Pub, St. Louis Park
March 17-19: At Kip’s Irish Pub, only one day for St. Patrick is not enough, so they’re celebrating with three. Stop in for live music, amazing Irish food, green beer, Irish dancers and bagpipes (of course!).

Lucky’s 13 Pub, 5 locations across the Twin Cities
Food specials include corned beef and cabbage with steamed cabbage and baby red potatoes ($16.99), Shepherds Pie ($15.99), Reuben Chowder soup (cup $6.49, bowl $7.99).

Mason Jar Kitchen & Bar, Eagan
From March 11–17, Mason Jar Kitchen & Bar is featuring favorite St. Patrick’s Day entrées, as well as special desserts, drinks, and boozy shakes. Entrées are available for dine-in or carryout from 3 p.m.–close, and include Corned Beef & Cabbage with roasted baby red potatoes ($20), Shepherd’s Pie ($16);and Reuben and Rachel sandwiches served with Parmesan-parsley fries or salad ($16). See all of the specials and make reservations here.

Saint Paul’s Irish Bars & Restaurants
Whether you’re looking for traditional Irish food, pub grub or the perfect pint—find it at one of Saint Paul’s Irish-themed establishments including Casper & Runyon’s Shamrocks, The Dubliner Pub & Café, Emmett’s Public House, Patrick McGovern’s Pub, Half Time Rec and Wee Claddagh. Find more information here, including a map of locations and more.

Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room, Minneapolis
Starting at 11 a.m. on March 17, enjoy specials on Finnegans beer and Red Locks Irish whiskey beer and a bump special plus a corned beef and cabbage special.

Yankee Tavern, Eagan
Enjoy corned beef and cabbage ($16.99), a Reuben sandwich ($14.99), Reuben chowder, featured soup of the day ($5.49), and more.

 

Fish Fry at Lucky’s 13 Pub

Photo: Lucky’s 13 Pub

Fish Fry Specials

Specials running through April 15; check with individual restaurants for details.

The Clover, Rosemount
Crawfish boil, with potatoes and corn ($18), Fish fries, beer battered and served with giardiniera, herb aioli and lemon ($13)

Lucky’s 13 Pub, 5 locations across the Twin Cities
Fish Fry: Hand-breaded, deep-fried Icelandic cod, fried crispy, coleslaw and French fries (2 Piece $15.99 | 3 Piece $17.99); Fish Sandwich with French fries ($13.99); Bang Bang Shrimp Bowl ($15.99)

Mason Jar Kitchen & Bar, Eagan
Alaskan cod, hand-dipped in Able Ol’ Trusty Light Lager beer batter and fried. Served with house-made coleslaw, house-made tartar sauce, and Parmesan-parsley French fries ($17).

Monte Carlo, Minneapolis
Fish and Chips: Beer-battered Atlantic Cod served with French Fries and a Caesar Salad ($22.95); Walleye: Flour-dusted and pan-fried, served with Caesar Salad and choice of fries, baked potato or coleslaw ($31.95)

Yankee Tavern, Eagan
Fish Fry: Hand-breaded, deep-fried Icelandic cod, fried crispy, coleslaw and French fries, English Fish & Chips, Cod Loin, floured & fried crispy, steak fries, broccoli ($17.99); Clam chowder ($5.49)

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Mary Subialka is the editor of Real Food and Drinks magazines, covering the flavorful world of food, wine and spirits. She rarely meets a chicken she doesn’t like, and hopes that her school-age son, who used to eat beets and Indian food, will one day again think of real food as more than a means to a treat—and later share this with his younger brother.