Most folks want to take a nip of Irish whiskey and savor a corned beef dinner on March 17th. Whether you’d like breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a drink we’ve got four local St. Patrick’s Day happenings to help you let your inner leprechaun out. Read on for savory ways to celebrate this Sunday. Who doesn’t love an excuse to imbibe and indulge?

CORNED BEEF AT BIG GUYS SAUSAGE STAND:

“You will not find a more tender corned beef in the area,” says Big Guys’ owner Brendan O’Connor of his St. Patrick’s Day offerings. Savvy locals know this Berwyn hot spot is known for more than burgers and sausages and O’Connor and his crew turn out a feast inspired by the Irish holiday. Big Guys’ corned beef is cooked low and slow for 12 hours before being used in a variety of applications.

The Irish dinner features a half pound portion of tender corned beef flanked by five types of roasted root veggies, potatoes, Irish soda bread, marbled rye, mustard and horseradish for $14.50. The corned beef sandwiches, served either as a Ruben or a melt, also feature a generous portion of Big Guys’ corned beef for $11.50

Big Guys Sausage Stand

  • 7021 Roosevelt Road Berwyn
  • (dine-in, carry-out, or delivery)

ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH AND CHIPS AT THE WILD ONION TIED HOUSE:

This Oak Park brew-pub is known for serving up a rotating menu of seasonal specialties and an arsenal of craft beers, but they are going “all you can eat” for Saint Patrick’s Day! For those of you looking to sink your teeth into some serious pub fare, visit Wild Onion Tied House for all you can eat fish and chips for $20. They’ll be serving up their battered Atlantic Cod with fries, pickled onions, lemons and tartar sauce all day long on 3/17.

The Wild Onion Tied House

  • 111 South Blvd Oak Park
  • (Dine-in)

IRISH INSPIRED BRUNCH AT THE HERITAGE:

Start your Saint Patrick’s Day in an Irish way! Before you hit the bars, take in a parade or boil some beef settle into this new American restaurant for a brunch anyone would feel lucky to enjoy. Chefs at this Forest Park mainstay will serve up brunch special on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 3pm; look for savory corned beef hash, house-made kraut and a sunny side up hen egg ($15) to kick off your holiday in high style.

The Heritage

  • 7403 W Madison Forest Park
  • (dine in)

SLANE WHISKEY TASTING AT THE JAMES JOYCE IRISH PUB:

The folks at the James Joyce know how to do it up right on St, Patrick’s Day! In addition to offering a bunch of Guinness inspired give-aways, corned beef dinners catered by Connie’s, and live performances by Band of Brothers Pipes and Drums and the Trinity Irish Dancers, this Berwyn bar is excited for St. Patrick’s Day revelers to participate in a Slane Whiskey tasting.

Slane blended whiskey is distilled in a castle/amphitheater in the Boyne Valley in Ireland. A relative newcomer on the spirit scene, Slane is a smooth whisky aged in virgin, oak and sherry casks. A Slane representative will be on hand at The James Joyce Irish Pub on Sunday 3/17 to educate you about this reasonably priced, yet deceptively complex whisky. Cheers to that!

The James Joyce Irish Pub

  • 7138 Windsor Ave Berwyn

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