Boston is well known for its St. Patrick’s Day revelry, and many residents celebrate the holiday by eating corned beef and cabbage, a classic Irish combo. Boston hounds have several great suggestions for where to try this famous dish while avoiding the wild crowds.
Small Plates loves St. Patrick’s Day, and goes out for the occasion every year: "We go at lunch to avoid the scrum of the green-beer-drinking, $20-cover-paying crowd – and we go in Somerville or Cambridge." Small Plates recommends The Plough & Stars near Central Square, The Druid in Inman Square (the environment is "raucously chill"), and The Burren in Davis Square. All have live music during St. Patty’s Day lunch. Get there early, though, or seats may be scarce. And as LeoLioness points out, there may not be any "off-hours" when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday.
emannths thinks that Olde Magoun's Saloon in Somerville is another great option for corned beef and cabbage, and in Boston proper, Mike5966 likes the version at The Gallows in the South End. "It was tender, had the right red beefy color, juicy, fatty, with the right amount of salt," Mike5966 says.
Despite these suggestions, other hounds think homemade corned beef and cabbage for the holiday is the only way to go. (Here's CHOW's corned beef and cabbage recipe.) "Not only will the atmosphere be better, [but] you’ll also have a much better quality meal than what you’ll get in a restaurant on that day," davis_sq_pro says. Bob Dobalina agrees. "There’s a very good reason that March 17 is also Evacuation Day in Boston," he says.
The Plough & Stars [Central Square]
912 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
The Druid [Inman Square]
1357 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
The Burren [Somerville]
247 Elm Street, Somerville
Olde Magoun's Saloon [Somerville]
518 Medford Street, Somerville
The Gallows [South End]
1395 Washington Street, Boston