If you read my March 6th post, you already know I had several great options for St. Patrick’s Day food and fun here in North Pinellas, Florida Illustrated’s home base. In addition to the area’s more long-standing traditions at Flanagan’s, Peggy O’s, O’Keefe’s, and The Lucky Dill, several relatively new drinking establishments were offering specialty cocktails, beer, live music, and Irish-inspired food on St. Patrick’s Day this year.
Pint and Brew in Palm Harbor had Irish reds on special, including: Kilkenny Irish Cream Nitro (brewed by Guinness), Brew Bus Rollin’ Dirty Irish-Style Red Ale (brewed in Florida), and Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged Outta Kilter Scotch Style Red Ale. For $15 you could get a 22 oz. Hoppin’ Frog Outta Kilter with a Corned Beef & Cabbage Grilled Cheese sandwich. I’d been wanting to order from the new grilled cheese menu, so I went ahead and ordered the corned beef & cabbage grilled cheese. It was nice to be able to get a more reasonably priced snack at Pint & Brew, which used to feature only Mystic Fish food.
A little further East, in Oldsmar, Craft Street Kitchen was making a new kind of Irish coffee called “Green with Envy,” featuring Jameson Irish Whiskey, Irish Cream coffee simple, Trader Vics Coffee Liqueur, Crème de Menthe, and fresh whipped cream. It was delicious. I hope they feature it again next year.
Finally, I made my way over to The Lucky Dill the day after St. Patrick’s day for their Corned beef and cabbage. Some people celebrate their anniversary with champagne, but the Lucky Dill chose to celebrate their 25th anniversary with green beer, Irish Coladas (a Piña Colada dyed green), thousands of pounds of ground beef, and bands flown in from Ireland. Their corned beef and cabbage is the best I’ve had thus far, with slices of corned beef piled high on top of a wedge of cabbage, all drizzled with a delicious herb butter.
The Lucky Dill’s new sister bar/restaurant, L.B.C. (both are owned by Jason Mitow), also hosted a St. Patrick’s Day shindig. Here, the highlight is always the beer and the music. Even though L.B.C. was founded only 3 years ago, in 2013, it has already become one of the best music venues for local bands. True to form, the music was mostly local here at this weekend’s St. Paddy’s Party, with sets from Stormbringer, Pitbull Toddler, Droppin Eaves, Clockwork Knotwork, Doyle’s Revenge, and more.
While the Tampa Bay area has many great St. Patrick’s day traditions, it is nice to see some of the newcomers (Pint & Brew, Craft Street Kitchen, L.B.C.) starting their own St. Patrick’s day parties and traditions. It seems my list of places to visit on St. Patrick’s Day is only going to grow in the future.