Originally published February 2019
Talk to anyone in Buffalo, and they usually contain a certain percentage of Irish (a proud Irish girl here myself!), Which means St. Patrick’s Day in the City of the Good Neighbors is essentially a big party. of family.
Some people celebrate by drinking. My family has always celebrated with an incredible variety of goodies: melt-in-your-mouth corned beef, cabbage and potatoes, and crumbly and buttery Irish soda bread.
If you’re not lucky enough to have a mom who cooks, or ambitious enough to do it yourself, no worries; Buffalo supports you. There are a number of commendable pubs in western New York that will save you a plane ticket to the Emerald Isle by transporting you by food.
We’ve compiled a list (in no particular order) of the 10 best places to get a plate or two – or three, no judgment here – of Irish food.
As the Irish blessing says: “Let the road rise to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine on your face and let the rains fall gently on your fields. ”
Enjoy your lunch!
Address: 2134 Seneca St., South Buffalo
This South Buffalo mainstay will give you that old taverna feel with its cozy, wood-paneled interior. Here, you can get corned beef cabbage rolls, which come with two, with a spicy mustard sauce, or Irish beer cheddar soup, a soup filled with cheese, potatoes, and beer. Another interesting menu item is his ‘Irish filet mignon’, which comes with a Gaelic sauce. If you are wondering what Gaelic sauce is, of course it is made with whiskey. A number of entrees featuring corned beef, in various iterations, are also available. Its “Triple D Platter” offers all the elements featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show: a mini-beef on weck, a crab cake, a cup of Irish beer soup and tater tots.
2. McPartlan’s corner
Address: 669 Wehrle Drive, Amherst
In business for over 40 years, this family business is in the good old days. Formerly in South Buffalo, it is now located in Amherst and is known for its delicious daily haddock fry ($ 12.49). On Tuesdays, he serves his corned beef and homemade cabbage. You can also get a corned beef sandwich ($ 8.69) every day of the week. This place is a solid bet for some stellar Irish food.
Address: 5601 Main Street, Williamsville; 160 Main Street, Aurora East
Phone: 626-2670 (Williamsville); 714-5777 (Aurora East)
How not to mention the Irishman? This Williamsville village restaurant is pricey, and whether it’s worth the high prices or not is questionable, but what this place will give you is a real ‘feel like you’re in Ireland’ vibe. It presents itself as an old pub with current culinary trends. Around St. Patrick’s Day they have live music in a tent with sandwiches and lots of beer. Things are getting rowdy. Try their Guinness BBQ Wings ($ 13) or Irish Spring Rolls ($ 11) for entrees. For entrees, must-haves include the Guinness Stew ($ 15), corned beef and cabbage, carrots and mashed potatoes ($ 16 and served only on Saturdays and Sundays) or shepherd’s pie (15 , $ 50).
4. JP Fitzgerald’s
Address: 4236 Clark St., Hamburg
Southerners will appreciate this location closer to home. The family-run restaurant hosts live music on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, so start practicing your jig steps now. Start with the “Irish skins” ($ 9.75), which are potato skins stuffed with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and dressing, or Irish beer cheese soup, a soup cheddar cheese topped with rye croutons ($ 4.49 per cup). This place serves all Irish favorites and every day of the week which is completely amazing. Corned beef and cabbage with rye bread and potatoes ($ 12.95) and shepherd’s pie (also $ 12.95) are on the menu, along with some great deals. These include the ‘Monster McCree’, a pound of corned beef with Russian dressing and Swiss cheese stacked on a grilled rye roll ($ 15.99) and the ‘Mother Superior’, corned beef with red onions, dressing. and Swiss cheese ($ 11.49). One word: MIAM.
Address: 474 Abbott Road, South Buffalo
This neighborhood pub is located in the heart of the Irish Heritage District of South Buffalo, and it’s worth a visit for its great food and old-fashioned taverna atmosphere. It serves traditional pub food, as well as more recent catches. Last year, their Chicken and Waffle iteration was featured on the Cooking Channel. And did we mention the “Smitty” wings? You just have to go there to try them out. If you arrive on the right days, you can get some great deals, and on St. Patrick’s Day or not, we’re ALL for that. On Mondays and Tuesdays you can get wings for 50 cents, on Wednesdays a burger for $ 5 (dinner only). Around St. Patrick’s Day, they offer corned beef and cabbage dishes. Check their Facebook page for updates.
Address: 425 Potters Road, South Buffalo
This Irish themed tavern has everything you could want in a casual restaurant, plus friendly service and a warm atmosphere. Around St. Patrick’s Day, they offer corned beef dishes and sandwiches, as well as live music. Check their Facebook page for updates.
Address: 4401, chemin Transit, Williamsville
Brennan’s, which has been around for over 40 years, is a suburban staple. It’s a superb gathering place to find western New York favorites – beef wings, standing beef, stuffed banana peppers – as well as a wide variety of Irish-inspired food, including many include Guinness. We are 100 percent okay with that. Try the Irish potato soup; Irish potato skins; and pot roast. Shepherd’s pie is also available. They have an Irish menu from March 1 to March 31 that includes corned beef and cabbage dinners.
Address: 73 Hamburg St., Bufalo
This old bar in the Old First Ward serves consistently delicious pub food. Try the Bacon Potato Chowder ($ 3.75 cup, $ 6 bowl). They serve a corned beef and cabbage appetizer featuring corned beef simmered with potatoes and carrots, topped with a creamy leek sauce and rye bread ($ 13.50). Many sandwiches, burgers and wings are also available. Go when you can. During the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, this place gets crowded.
Five locations in WNY: 4628 Broadway, Depew; 1531 Military Road, Kenmore; 6513 Broadway, Lancaster; 11 Main Street, Tonawanda; 1537 Union Road, Seneca West
Telephone: 681-2121, Depew; 877-1800, Kenmore; 683-3333, Lancaster; 692-1000, Tonawanda; 675-7575, West Seneca
Mooney’s deserves its place on the list because it masters the Irish pub and sports bar vibe perfectly. It obviously does this extremely well, with just five locations in western New York. They are known for their incredibly delicious and massively portioned macaroni and cheese, which has earned them recognition on the Food Network. It might not be the most Irish thing on the menu, but if you’re there, obviously try the mac and cheese. We are hearing good things about the lobster one. Also try the “Irish Burger” ($ 11.99), made with house roasted corned beef brisket, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut.
Address: 65 Webster St., North Tonawanda
Dwyer’s rounds out our list as the perfect place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Try their “Celtic chips”, thinly sliced fried potatoes ($ 2.99) or their “Fish N Chips”, beer-breaded haddock strips served with fries and hush puppies ($ 7.99 ). For an entree, try the “Guinness Burger,” a half pound infused with beer and topped with cheddar and Irish bacon ($ 8.99) or the “Dublin Burger,” 12 ounces of cheddar beef and Irish bacon. They are known for their wide variety of wing flavors, including the usual suspects as well as interesting catches, such as raspberry barbecue, lime chili, and wasabi plum. Are you still hungry?