While a Reuben is a fine St. Patrick’s Day meal, there are many folks who prefer the more traditional route — corned beef and cabbage.
Even though many Irish folk don’t much care for the dish, it’s what immigrants from the Emerald Isle ate when they arrived in America, where beef was much more plentiful than it was in their native land.
I’m happy to say that this year, there are a few cheffy versions of it out there, as well as our usual list of places that serve the tried-and-true original version with carrots or potatoes.
Clocking in at $29, the most expensive of the bunch can be found at Cedar + Stone Urban Table at the Marriott in the Mall of America. Their version includes slow-braised corned beef with dijon-dill cream, steamed buttered potatoes, crisp leaks, braised cabbage and charred young carrots.
Emmett’s on Grand Avenue (695 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-225-8248; emmetts publichouse.com) serves the fanciest version, for $19. Their tender corned beef is served atop colcannon (a delicious mixture of mashed potatoes and cabbage) and comes with bonus caramelized baby cabbages (Brussels sprouts) and a Guinness-balsamic reduction.
The following places offer a more traditional version of corned beef and cabbage. A few of them have it on the menu regularly, but the majority serve it just once a year, on St. Patrick’s Day.