ANNOUNCER: St. Patrick's Day is a fine ole time to brush the four-leaf clovers off and follow a rainbow to your local Irish restaurant. And there are several in the area worth a little gold. A couple you'll find on page 2, but here are a few more to consider for Friday.
McNamara's Pub & Eatery in DuPont serves solid Irish fare with a convenient location between Tacoma and Olympia, a great bar and several Irish beers on tap. If you can't decide what to eat, go with their Irish trifecta - corned beef and cabbage, Guinness Stew and Shepherds Pie. It's a lot of food, but each taste is unique, and all three are excellently prepared. Owned by the same folks at Farrelli's Pizza, McNamara's has withstood the years and has developed a loyal following. They make a great breakfast, too.
McNamara's Pub & Eatery, 1595 Wilmington Dr., DuPont, 253.964.9200, mcnamaraspubandeatery.com
Bangers and mash at Doyle’s will keep your feet on the ground, Friday. Photo credit: Jake de Paul
Doyle's Public House in Tacoma is hardly a secret to any locals. The interior is set up like an Irish pub, with dark wood everywhere, English football scarves and jerseys hanging about, as well as games playing on the televisions. With Guinness, Harp, and Kilkeny on tap, you are certain to drink in the Irish this Friday; or add a Black and Tan or a Snakebite of Guinness and cider for a full selection. Furthermore, there are plenty of Irish dishes for your taste buds as well. The corned beef dinner is house-smoked and piled atop potatoes, carrots, and Brussels sprouts is second to none in town, and the bangers and mash or Shepherd's pie made with real lamb are dishes not easily found. If sandwiches are more to your liking, give the Reuben which is piled high with their corned beef, or the Doyle's Dip that comes with a Guinness au jus.
Doyle's Public House, 208 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.7468, doylespublichouse.com
Located in the heart of 6th Ave in Tacoma is O'Malley's Irish Pub. Though not particularly Irish-looking on the inside or outside, there are enough items on the menu to remind you why Irish is in the name. For starters, this may be the best corned beef hash around, loaded with corned beef, served with two eggs, and offered all day; perfect with an Irish coffee. Full entrees are also available such as a beef version of Shepherd's pie, and corned beef with mashed potatoes and traditional cabbage. And yes, of course they have Guinness!
O'Malley's Irish Pub, 2403 6th Ave., Tacoma, 253.627.9403, facebook.com/allthewhisky
In Puyallup, you don't have to travel far for an Irish evening, just head downtown to TK Irish Pub and Eatery. In addition to jersey and scarves hanging everywhere, a tap line full of Irish beers, and shelves of Irish whiskey, you can get a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, bangers and mash, and even Shepherd's pie with real lamb and Irish soda bread. But the real treasure here are the Irish meatballs which are simmered in a cream sauce that includes Guinness stout and a generous helping of garlic mashed potatoes. Further little delights include the Ruben sliders, Irish nachos made with the house-made salt and vinegar pub chips, or the Twisted burger made with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing on a marbled rye bun.
TK Irish Pub and Eatery, 109 S. Meridian, Puyallup, 253.604.4791, tkirishpub.com