Where to eat for St. Patrick’s Day in Orange County

Citrus City Grille (Orange): Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu that includes a soup or salad starter (either an organic greens salad of red grapes, apples, onions, candied pecans, cranberries and gorgonzola or a cream of broccoli soup, made with extra virgin olive oil, broccoli, celery and onions); an entree of corned beef and cabbage with carrots, roasted potatoes and horseradish cream; and key lime pie for dessert. Each course, fittingly, features shades of green. Cost is $45 per guest. 122 N. Glassell St., Orange

Dublin 4 Gastropub (Mission Viejo): Enjoy choice, comforting Irish staples and more at this Gastropub, which features Guinness brown bread with shipped butter, a sausage roll with caramelized onions, crispy potatoes and seasoned fries; a house-cured corned beef reuben sandwich, fish and chips, cottage pie, bangers and mash, and more. 26342 Oso Parkway, Mission Viejo

Durty Nelly’s (Costa Mesa): St. Patrick’s Day menu includes fish and chips, bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, corned beef sandwich and more. Also of note? Green beer, $6 Jameson shots and no cover charge. 2915 Red Hill Ave., Costa Mesa

Five Crowns (Corona Del Mar): On March 21, Five Crowns will host “A Killing at Killarney,” a St. Patrick’s Day-themed murder mystery dinner party. Old Irish tunes like “Molly Malone,” “My Wild Irish Rose” and “An Irish Lullaby” will fill the air as you try to solve a murder case before dessert arrives. As the murder and mayhem narrative unravels, guests will enjoy a four-course meal of stationed appetizers, including chicken lollipops and parmesan arancini, Caesar salad with little gem lettuce, Parmigiano Reggiano and croutons; an entree choice of prime rib, petite filet, herb roasted chicken or Faroe Island salmon; and creme brulee. Put on your detective hats for $145 per person. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Reservations required. 3801 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar

Hennessey’s (several locations): I’d be remiss leaving out Hennessey’s, a veritable Irish-themed institution since 1976. Head to any one of its locations (Orange County spots include Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Seal Beach and Costa Mesa) for Irish nachos, the Dublin Burger (Irish cheddar, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato), Shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and more. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point; 31761 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano; 213 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach; 1773 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa; 143 Main St., Seal Beach

Heritage Barbecue (San Juan Capistrano): Lauded barbecue restaurant will have a two-day St. Patrick’s day menu, which includes smoked corn beef served with fried cabbage, bacon and colcannon; seafood chowder featuring smoked clams and shrimp, potato, bacon and cream; colcannon with Yukon mashed potatoes and wilted kale; corned beef sandwiches and brisket burnt ends and Guinness stew. Dine-in only.  Available until they sell out on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. (You’ll want to arrive early for this one.) 31721 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano

Macallans Public House (Brea): Noted for its extensive beer and whiskey menu, this Irish-themed spot also serves lamb Irish stew, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and beef wellington. 330 W Birch St., Brea

Muldoon’s Pub (Newport Beach): The pub opens its doors at 7 a.m. and early-bird revelers can enjoy live music all day long, with a bagpipe player starting at noon. Fare includes banger bites (Irish sausage with warm Dijon sauce for dipping), whiskey chicken wings, a large St. Paddy’s pretzel, Irish beef stew made with Guinness Stout, corned beef and cabbage, and more. 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

O’Malley’s (Seal Beach): Traditional Irish food here includes an all-day Irish breakfast (rasher, sausage, pork pudding, baked beans), salmon boxty, corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beef stew, bangers and mash, pan-seared chicken breast with whiskey mushroom sauce and more. Dessert highlights include a bread pudding with vanilla bean cream sauce and a Bailey’s cheesecake. 140 Main St., Seal Beach

The Original Patsy’s Irish Pub (Laguna Niguel): This Irish joint will throw a three-day St. Patrick’s Day party, from March 15 until March 17, featuring live music, suds galore and comforting food. Irish signatures include corned beef and cabbage, Irish mac and cheese (which comes studded with corned beef), bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, Guinness beef stew and more. Don’t miss out on Patsy’s bread pudding for dessert.  28971 Golden Lantern #108, Laguna Niguel

Paradise Dynasty (Costa Mesa): While neither explicitly nor literally a St. Patrick’s Day affair, the limited-edition xiao long boa collaboration could prove perfect for those who prefer the typically rowdy holiday to be an over-the-shoulder wink. The soup dumpling purveyor has teamed up with Phoholic, Little Saigon’s Michelin-recognized pho spot, to create beef pho xiao long bao. The chefs at the South Coast Plaza spot enrobe Phoholic’s 14-hour beef bone broth and beef in a sea green and white-hued dumpling skin that, in addition to being downright tasty, might make ideal #StPatricksDay fodder for Instagram. The limited-edition XLBs, available until April 30, are served with a few pho accoutrements, including Sriracha, hoisin sauce and fresh lime. 3333 Bristol St. (at South Coast Plaza), 1 Bloomingdale’s, Costa Mesa

Sidedoor (Corona del Mar): From Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17, enjoy a St. Patrick’s weekend filled with live Irish music and fare. The holiday menu will include bangers and mash with two Irish pork bangers with caramelized onions, mashed potatoes, mushy peas and onion gravy ($26); corned beef and cabbage with red potatoes, carrots and parsley cream sauce ($31); and Guinness beef pot pie with red potatoes, peas, carrots and puff pastry ($23). Sidedoor will also offer Tullamore Dew flights on March 17. 3801 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar

Silky Sullivan’s Restaurant and Irish Pub (Fountain Valley): This Irish eatery will feature live music by the Silk Button Butchers Outside, Echo Love Chamber and Irish bagpipe players. Menu highlights include blackened shrimp tacos, Irish pub crisps with house-made potato chips topped with Irish cheddar and Dubliner cheese, and Cajun chicken breast strips.10201 Slater Ave., Fountain Valley



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