Corned beef and cabbage is a uniquely American dish that Irish immigrants began preparing in the late 1800s. Beef was far less expensive than bacon, so Irish immigrants would cure cuts of beef with “corns” of salt. This tasty fare caught hold, and more than a century later, it remains a popular favorite, especially around St. Patrick’s Day.
Eat The World
Price: $12.00 per dozen
Hours: Mon to Sat–7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
In what has to be a uniquely Texan spin, Toby O’Brien at Eat The World whips up corned beef and cabbage tamales. Orders for the Ireland meets Tex-Mex bliss will be accepted through March 17. The inspiration for these unique tamales goes way back to when O’Brien owned the first brew pub in Dallas, and since then he has refined the recipe. The tamales feature shredded corned beef, sauteed cabbage, salt, pepper, and a little pinch of garlic and jalapeno. Advanced orders are recommended.
Hours: Sun to Sat – 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
In what is one of the most authentic Irish pubs in the DFW area, Trinity Hall serves up Guinness with a proper head, televisions tuned into the hottest soccer game and ample helpings of corned beef and cabbage. This dish features thinly sliced cabbage, moist and succulent corned beef and has steamed vegetables in broth. Irish soda bread is available upon request. Conveniently located within Mockingbird Station next door to the Angelika Theater, as the days get nicer make plans to take advantage of their outdoor patio.
Price: $8.50 – $12
Hours: Mon to Fri – 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat to Sun – Noon to 2 a.m.
The Blackfriar Pub holds court in the Uptown area of Dallas and offers a double-decker experience with this two-story venue. The patio offers up fantastic people watching and a stellar wait staff that knows their products well. The delectable and wonderfully seasoned corned beef and cabbage keeps the traditional dish simple but the flavor intact.
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Paddy Red’s Irish Pub
Price: $8.50 to $11.00
Hours: Mon to Sat – 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun – 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Paddy Red’s is a casual Irish pub in the heart of Cowtown that provides a relaxing environment, though it can be a little challenging to find. Keep a look out for the easy to miss sign, as that’s where you’ll find the stairwell leading to the front door. With more than 140 beers to choose from, diners are certain to find some tasty libation to pair up with their corned beef and cabbage, as you’ll need something to wash it down—Paddy Red’s has some of the largest portions on this list.
Finn Mac Cool’s Pub
Price: $6.50 to $10.50
Hours: Mon to Sun: 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Short of catching a flight to Dublin, Finn Mac Cool’s is about as authentic as it comes for an Irish pub, with all the expected fixings of a great beer selection and witty bartenders. The piping hot corned beef and cabbage conjures up images from the old country. Pull up a seat near the windows to watch the action roll by on 8th Avenue and bask in the glory of knowing there was no need for an eight hour flight for the experience.
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