All of you who love traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage (sometimes called “New England boiled dinner”) – this is the week to pig out at Irish pubs and restaurants throughout New England. Some Irish pubs and eateries serve this colorful staple all year, but many put it on the menu only around St. Patrick’s Day (coming up this Sunday). They do it with a flourish: slow-cooked corned beef with traditional vegetables. If you’re a true fan, go back for the corned beef hash of corned beef Reuben sandwich. Here is a small sampling of places to find corned beef and cabbage; many more are tucked in the (soon-to-green-up) hills and valleys of New England.
MJ O’Connor’s, 27 Columbus Avenue, Boston – there will be Irish fun all weekend, with corned beef and cabbage specials. On March 16, the Guinness Six Nations tournament broadcast begins about 10 a.m.; Irish breakfast will be served all day. Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, brings the GAA All Ireland Championships with Irish Step Dancers performing at 3:30 p.m. and the Martin Mcatee Band playing from 4 to 10 p.m. p.m. Map
Emmet’s Irish Pub, 6 Beacon Street, Boston, MA — Emmet’s Irish Pub, on Beacon Hill, is one of the most authentic Irish pubs in Boston. Fans rave about its corned beef and cabbage with the traditional boiled vegetables, which might be available only during St. Patrick’s week. Don’t delay! 617-742-8565. Map.
Doyle’s Café, 3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA — The corned beef at this favorite restaurant / saloon sources its beef from Boston Brisket in Newmarket. 617-524-2345. Map
JJ Foley’s, 117 E. Berkeley Street, Boston, MA — Expect to enjoy the traditional corned beef dinner, with more options for major fans of the dish: corned beef sandwich and a monumental corned beef hash. 617-728-9101. Map.
Buskers, 178 Thames Street, Newport RI — Corned beef dinner or traditional Irish ham dinner served with cabbage, smashed carrots and parsnips, mashed potatoes and parsley sauce. 401-846-5856. Map.
Vaughan’s Public House, 59 Pratt Street, Hartford, CT – Homemade, thick-sliced corned beef is served over braised cabbage and carrots with red potatoes served au jus with a side of spicy mustard and Irish brown bread. Or experiment with the corned beef Reuben. 860-882-1560. Map.
Shamrock Pub & Grill, 210 Meadow Street, Waterbury, CT — Slow cooked corned beef with braised cabbage, carrots and baby red potatoes and spinach. Little departure from tradition is the corned beef fritters appetizer: corned beef and shredded potato fritters served with Thousand Island dipping sauce. 203-596-1902. Map.
O’Reilly’s Cure, 264 Route 1, Scarborough, ME — O’Reilly’s serves corned beef and cabbage every day of the year. The dish is slow-roasted for five hours. Not for nothing but … just above and below CB&C on the menu are Guinnss beef stew and bangers and mash. 207-517-2222. Map.
Ri Ra, 123 Church Street, Burlington, VT — “Emigrant’s Corned Beef on the menu is described as “beer braised corned beef brisket, braised cabbage, mashed potatoes, and Irish parsley sauce.” Irish celebrations go on all this week, ending on March 17 with live music from Green Corduroy and Dirty Nelllies, performances from dancers and bagpipers. 802-860-9401. Maps.
Charlie’s Tap House, Ashworth Avenue, Hampton, NH — Corned beef and cabbage chosen as a WMUR viewer’s choice in 2018. The restaurant hosts at St. Patrick’s Day Bash with live entertainment all day and karaoke too!! We will be serving our Award the corned beef and cabbage dinner is served as part of a featured menu of Irish cuisine. 603-684-2236. Map.