Corned Beef Hash to Shepherd’s Pie: Traditional Irish Dishes in the D

By: Amber Ogden | March 16, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated not just on the 17th of March, but the days leading up to it as well. Since I’ve already dropped some St. Patty’s Day party-related knowledge, it’s time to focus on Irish cuisine. Unless this is your first rodeo, you know that you can’t spend an entire day drinking on an empty stomach.

If you’d like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some authentic Irish food this year, make sure to visit one of the following establishments:

Dick O’Dow’s, 160 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham, is an Irish public house that has been serving up Irish fare for nearly 20 years. Your authentic meal starts with appetizers, including Irish Skins (topped with Cheddar cheese, bacon and leeks) and Guinness Battered Cheese Curds.

As for meals, try the Irish Stew (with lamb, carrots, onions and potatoes, served in a bread bowl), Irish Meatloaf (a blend of lamb and beef), Celtic Reuben (corned beef or turkey with Swiss cheese, coleslaw and remoulade) or Irish Smokehouse burger (topped with Irish bacon and Michigan-made smoked Cheddar cheese).

Doors open at 7 a.m. on St. Patty’s Day!

Bode’s Sidetrack Diner, 280 N. Main St., Plymouth, formerly known as Bode’s Corned Beef House, will get your day started off on the right Irish foot. Breakfast items at Bode’s include Corned Beef Hash (with two eggs and toast), Corned Beef Hash Omelet (the former inside an omelet with cheese) or Irish Omelet (with bacon, onions, potatoes, sour cream and American cheese).

If you’re thinking lunch instead, there are plenty of sandwiches to choose from, including Al’s Caboose (corned beef with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and coleslaw on rye bread), The Box Car (corned beef with Swiss cheese and coleslaw) or Corned Beef and Swiss Sliders (topped with shredded lettuce and mustard).

Keep in mind; if you enjoy your lunch or breakfast here, it will be a dry one, as Bode’s does not serve alcohol.

Dooley’s, with locations in Sterling Heights, Mt. Clemens and Roseville, is an Irish draft beer house with plenty of brews and Irish specialties on its menu. Dooley’s claims it is “home of the world’s largest corned beef sandwich,” so that’s something you’re going to need to investigate for yourself.

To start, order Dooley’s Pot O’Gold (your choice of three tasty appetizers) or Dooley’s Irish-Mexican Party Tray (with super nachos, southwest cigar rolls and quesadillas) to get in the St. Patty’s Day spirit.

As for sandwiches, the Grilled Corned Beef and Swiss, Reuben and the Luck of the Irish burger (topped with sauerkraut, Thousand Island Dressing and Swiss cheese on Rye bread) should be on your list to try. Don’t forget to wash your meal down with a Guinness, which pairs perfectly with a Reuben.

Dooley’s opens bright and early at 7 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, and free breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (with the purchase of a beverage).

Duggan’s Irish Pub, 31501 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, has received numerous accolades, including “Best Bar for Lunch” and “Best Happy Hour” from the Detroit Free Press and Metro Times, respectively. Add to that list, “One of the Best Places to Spend St. Patty’s Day in the D!”

Irish meals on the menu include the Corned Beef or Smoked Turkey Reuben (topped with Swiss cheese and sauerkraut, served with Russian dressing) and Susie Q Fish and Chips (deep fried cod with fries and Jeff’s bread). There will also be a separate menu with additional Irish food specials for the day.

Doors at Duggan’s open at 7 a.m.

Sean O’Callaghan’s, 821 Penniman Ave., Plymouth, is another Irish pub house, where you’ll find plenty of traditional dishes to try. Appetizers include Shepherd Fries (Irish chips smothered in Shepherd’s Pie, queso and scallions), Scotch Egg (served with a sage sausage and Guinness mustard sauce) and Chips and Curry (Irish chips with Irish curry dip).

Main dishes that fall under traditional Irish fare include Shepherd’s Pie (with ground beef simmered in Guinness!), Irish Breakfast (eggs, bangers, rashers, toast, potatoes and tomatoes) and Corned Beef and Cabbage (served with carrots and red skin potatoes).

The Gaelic League, 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit, doesn’t normally serve food, with the exception of Friday’s Fish Fry during lent season. Since St. Patty’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, you’ll have to wait for the weekend for fish and chips. However, corned beef sandwiches and Irish sausage will be on the menu on the 17th.

Live entertainment begins at 11 a.m.

Whether you’re planning on partying all day or simply want to head out for an authentic Irish meal at some point during the day, these are the places you’re going to find some of the tastiest Irish food in the D. May luck be on your side!