While there is still a debate on whether shepherd’s pie (formerly called cottage pie) originated in Scotland, England or Ireland, the tasty dish of meat and vegetables topped with mash potatoes has been enjoyed by people since the 1800s. Its popularity continues in America with pubs and restaurants offering the dish that rarely strays from its original ingredients. No matter where you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, you will not have a hard time finding a place that serves shepherd’s pie.
Mash’d
2948 Crockett St
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 882-6723
www.mashd.comMash’d is a place where you can meet with all of your friends (including the vegans) and have a great meal. Known for their mash’d hillbilly mixology, Mash’d’s food menu is rockin’ as much as their cocktails. Sampling from the shareable plates like the white bean hummus of cannellini beans, pine nut pesto, lemon, cilantro, feta served with crispy pita chips or veggies, the legit guacamole or moonshine mussels of fresh PEI mussels, house-infused garlic & jalapeno shine, chorizo, roasted jam of peppers and tomatoes you haven’t scratched the surface of the plentiful and pleasurable food items at Mash’d. The shepherd’s pie is featured under the Killer Plates section of the menu and is “house-made spiced meat and Mash’D tators atop puff pastry that is flame broiled to pure comfort.”

Division Street Diner
1800 W. Division St.
Arlington, TX 76012
(817) 274-1606
www.facebook.com/DivisionStreetDinerArlington’s Division Street Diner is a hidden gem. The Sunday brunch buffet carries the usual things you would expect on a brunch buffet: plenty of breakfast items including eggs benedict and lunch items like ham, carved roast pasta and also a dessert of pecan pie! But the brunch buffet also includes something that you don’t expect — shepherd’s pie. This is a family-friendly restaurant where everybody will find something they will enjoy.

Staggering Irishman
18101 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75252
(972) 248-1511
www.staggeringirishman.pubStaggering Irishman’s menu is one to be studied — they don’t serve just regular pub grub. The North Dallas neighborhood pub specializes in craft, domestic and imported ales, lagers and whiskies, plus chef-driven food. The menu has some thought-provoking named dishes like leprechaun legs that are hand-breaded fried edam cheese served with a spicy Diablo sauce and the Claddagh chicken platter of two grilled, marinated chicken breasts with mashed potatoes and green beans smothered in bacon, grilled onions and Swiss cheese. Staggering Irishman’s shepherd’s pie is ground lamb, veggies and gravy topped with mashed potatoes and cheese served with green beans. You can wash it down with the 32 different brews on tap or their impressive selection of whiskey.

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Capitol Pub
2401 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 887-9330
www.capitolpubdallas.comCapitol Pub uses naturally-raised, organic ingredients sourced from local growers and ranchers whenever possible. The pub menu is extensive with everything from hearty appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers and pizza to pub favorites like fish and chips, steak and chips, grilled mahi-mahi and shepherd’s pie. The shepherd’s pie includes ground beef and vegetables with fresh herbs in beef gravy topped with garlic mashed potatoes. It is served with a side salad.

Danny’s Celtic Pub
2824 Central Drive, Suite 301
Bedford, TX 76021
(817) 571-9999
www.dannyscelticpub.comServing the Hurst, Euless and Bedford area, Danny’s Kitchen is open until midnight Thursday -Saturday. This centrally located pub offers a shepherd’s pie of seasoned ground beef layered with corn topped light garlic mashed potatoes and cheese which harkens back to the owner’s wife, Lorraine, an Irishwoman who grew up with this recipe. The pub is named after Lorraine’s father.

Chef Point Café
5901 Watauga Road
Watauga, TX 76148
(817) 656-0080
www.chefpointcafe.orgChef Point Café has a Sunday comfort food menu. There are things that you would expect on a comfort menu — fried chicken, pot roast and chicken fried steak. But, the shepherd’s pie is a comfort all to itself and includes tender beef stew covered with homemade mashed potatoes baked to perfection.

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