St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us, the day when everyone celebrates whatever sliver of Irish heritage we have (or not), and dig in to corned beef and cabbage, pints of Guinness, and maybe the occasional shot of Irish whiskey.
In 2018 St. Patrick’s Day falls fortuitously on a Saturday, which means you’ll have the opportunity to responsibly start with day with an Irish breakfast! If you’ve never experienced a full Irish breakfast, now’s the time. It’s chock-full of everything good about breakfast, and will keep you filled for an entire tire.
There are variations on the standard Irish breakfast, and maybe some American interpretations state-side, but you’ll typically find:
- bangers (aka sausages)
- black and/or white pudding
- soda bread
The eggs are usually fried, the tomatoes grilled, the bacon is often back bacon (think more like ham or Canadian bacon), the bread is dense Irish soda bread, the sausages are proper Irish bangers. Irish bangers are different than typical American sausages. The seasoning is different, there’s more grain filler than American sausages, making the texture much smoother, and they’re usually fried so they have a light and crispy skin. We love stocking up on proper bangers at Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield.
Black and white pudding is similar to sausage, in that they’re beef or pork ground up with oats and spices, then formed into patties and fried. Anyone hailing from the Cincinnati area will find similarities to goetta!
Like I said, an Irish breakfast is hearty, stick-to-your-ribs fare.
In Columbus we have three spots for a solid Irish breakfast. The first, Fado Irish Pub, is a chain but one with a local flair, found at Easton Town Center. Their Irish breakfast includes all the standards, right down to the Irish bangers and the black and white pudding.
We’ve also found great Irish breakfasts at Dempsey’s Food & Spirits downtown. Their Irish Breakfast 2.0 changes things up a bit, but it’s still a worthy celebration. You’ll find a bread pudding French toast, potatoes, eggs, sausage patties, and Irish cheddar. To top it off, they add a Jameson-infused salted caramel.
Claddaugh Irish Pub in the Brewery District also features an Irish breakfast served all day. They’ve got bacon, bangers, eggs, sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, and both black and white puddings, plus Irish soda bread.
Order up an Irish breakfast this year to get a good start on any celebrations. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and Happy Breakfasting!
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