St. Patrick’s Day is a perfect time to treat yourself to a steaming plate of comfort food or even try a new adult beverage (oak barrel-aged whiskey anyone?) From local Irish pubs to the city’s best bakeries, there’s plenty of options to fill your bellies- and tip your glasses- in fine Irish style this March 17. Read on for our favorite places to take the kids for Irish fare.
photo: Ann Suckow McGarry via facebook
County Cork Public House
If casual and affordable is what you’re looking for, the County Cork Public House is the place for you. This hidden northeast Portland gem has long been the place to go for Irish ambiance and classic, affordable pub grub. This St. Patrick’s Day, try one of their Irish specials while listening to a local Irish band. If the weather’s fair, take advantage of their outside patio!
1329 NE Fremont St.
Portland, Or 97212
Shanahan’s Pub and Grill
Known for its American pub food served with Irish flare, Shanahan’s will warn you in advance that if you’re looking for a fine-dining experience, you’ll not find it with them. But if neighborhood casual and arcade games are to your taste, then you’ve found the right spot. In the true Irish spirit, they welcome all-comers, and with 20 beers on tap and a locally-sourced, from-scratch menu with vegan options, you’re sure to find something for everyone. Try the corned beef and egs or the Paddy O’brian for and extra filling breakfast meal.
209 West McLoughlin Blvd.
photo: T.C. O’Leary’s via facebook
TC O’Leary’s serves one of Portland’s most authentic spreads of Irish comfort food around whiskey-barrel tables, cooked up by the pub’s namesake, Thomas Christopher O’Leary. It’s a classic slice of Ireland using all locally-sourced ingredients, at an affordable price. Order a cheese board or meat board for the whole family to munch on. For some extra comfort, try the shepherd’s pie. Little ones welcome until 10 p.m.
2926 NE Alberta St.
The Leaky Roof
The Leaky Roof bills itself as a gastropub where high-end dining meets neighborhood comfortable, but their generous happy hour menu and kid’s offerings make this still an affordable choice. And since this modest Goose Hollow institution has been serving some of the best corned-beef and stews in the area since 1947, it’s a can’t-miss of Portland cuisine.
1538 SW Jefferson St.
photo: Sodanie Chea via flickr
Clancy’s Irish Pub
Clancy’s Irish Pub, tucked away in Sherwood’s Old Town opened on St. Patrick’s Day in 1988 and is still the place to go for live music and fantastic chowder and chips. Rumor has it they are hoping to expand their celebration this year, so check the website for an updated event listing.
16066 SW 1st St.
No day is considered complete to the Irish without (several) cups of tea. If you’re looking for something light, Townshend’s Teahouse is the place to go for an Irish-inspired afternoon high-tea. Try their Lady Londonderry and Irish Breakfast teas for an authentic cuppa or one of their specialty herbal blends.
Locations in Alberta, Division, Montavilla, and Mississippi
For a quick bite or a celebration at home, try Grand Central Baking. With seven locations in the Portland area, Grand Central is the place to go for delicious, artisanal, local breads and pastries including traditional Irish favorites like soda bread, scones, tea cookies, and bread pudding. Call ahead for easy pickup.
Locations in Beaumont, Cedar Mills, Fremont and Mississippi, Hawthorne Blvd., Multnomah Blvd., Sellwood, and Woodstock
Do you have a favorite Irish pub or restaurant that you think we missed? Let us know in the comments below!