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St. Patrick's Day means no blarney celebrations

The Food Dude has a primer for local St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
by Dave Cathey Published: March 13, 2013

Irish beers are on special all month at McNellie's Public House and its little brother in Norman, Abner's Ale House, 121 E Main St. Festivities start at 10 a.m. at both locations.

At Saints Pub, 1715 NW 16 St., every day is St. Patrick's Day. Shepherd's pie is made with ground lamb as is traditional in the mother land. Baked courgettes and rashers and hash are on the menu this weekend and every other. Ploughmen, Irish meatloaf and potatoes are offered daily.

But yes, there will be a party at Saints on St. Patrick's Day, and this is the spot most likely to play host to Wayne Coyne for a spot of Jameson and a pint of Guinness.

Tapwerks, 121 E Sheridan Ave., will host an outdoor bash on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and will include live music, food trucks, and plenty of Murphy's and Guinness along with local beer from COOP Ale Works, Choc, and Mustang.

If you're looking for green beer, then you need to head for Baker Street Pub and Grill, 2701 W Memorial Rd. On Sunday, Baker Street celebrates with a DJ and performances by Drive, Avenue and Crossland.

For more information, go online to facebook.com/bakerstokc, or call 751-1547.

If you're looking for something more subdued and foodcentric, check out the Irish whiskey and Beer Dinner at Hensley's Top Shelf Grill, 1551 Garth Brooks Blvd., in Yukon. Chef David Sullivan will serve his special menu at 5 p.m., beginning with an hors d'oeuvres spread of mini corned beef and cabbage sandwiches with Murphy's Red Ale.

Dinner begins with barbecued shrimp with toasted pine nuts and mango, paired with Jameson Irish whiskey. Next is a pan-seared filet of pork tenderloin with grilled red onions and a bacon-horseradish compound butter, plus Tullamore Dew 12-year. The main course is garlic and pepper rubbed salmon with Colcannon and a grilled lemon butter sauce with Red Breast 15-year. For dessert, Bailey's and dark chocolate mousse with toasted pecans and a Guinness Irish Stout.

Cost is $65. Call 265-4076 to reserve your place at the table.