No matter what your heritage may be, everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day. Local restaurants are getting ready for the holiday with plenty of hearty fare, Irish beers and a healthy dose of craic. Slainte!
>>Angelico's Lake House, 81 N. Main St., East Hampton, features a traditional Irish meal for $11.99, including corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots and Irish soda bread. A la carte entrees will include shepherd's pie, fish and chips and Guinness stew. For drink specials, there will be $3.25 Guinness beers and $5 Irish whiskeys. John Moore and Tim Kearney will provide the entertainment.
Want to eat in? Angelico's is also offering a St. Patrick's Day meal for four to go for $22.95. Entrée choices include corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie or Guinness stew. Orders must be placed by March 16 for 17 pick-up. Call 860-267-1276 for information and reservations or visit http://www.angelicoslakehouse.com.
>>Burtons Grill, 100 Evergreen Way, South Windsor, presents an "American Beer at the Irish Table" dinner March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Courses include fire-roasted Brussels sprouts, Irish bangers and mash, beer-braised and brined Statler chicken breast and a chocolate stout cupcake for dessert. All courses are paired with selections from Berkshire Brewing Company. Cost is $55, plus tax and gratuity; reservations are required. Information: 860-432-4575 and burtonsgrill.com.
>>Chamard Vineyard, 115 Cow Hill Road, Clinton, hosts a St. Patrick's Day party March 17 from 2 to 8 p.m. Frank Andrews Mobile Kitchen provides the Irish cuisine, which includes corned beef Reubens, shepherd's pie, Irish stew, black-and-tan macaroni and cheese and Irish soda bread. The event also features live music and Irish step dancers. Information: 860-664-0299 and chamard.com.
>>The Corner Pug, 1046 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, plans a week of St. Patrick's Day specials through March 17. All-day specials include a corned beef sandwich, a corned beef and cabbage platter and salmon "slippers": mini salmon burgers with baby greens and lemon caper aioli. Weekend specials include Guinness-braised lamb shank, stuffed roasted chicken breast Colcannon and bangers and mash. Guinness chocolate cake with Bailey's cream-cheese frosting and Guinness ice cream are among the desserts. Information: 860-231-0241 and http://www.cornerpug.com
>>Haight-Brown Vineyard, 29 Chestnut Hill Road, Litchfield, hosts a St. Patty's Tapas Night March 16 at 6:30 p.m. The tasting includes a seven-course, Irish-influenced tapas menu with two glasses of wine. Cost is $50; reservations are required. Information: 860-567-4045 and haightvineyards.com.
>>The Half Door, 270 Sisson Ave., Hartford, hosts an all-day party with live music, starting at 8 a.m. March 17. In the morning, they'll serve a traditional Irish breakfast with blood sausages, and then corned beef dinners and sandwiches starting at 11 a.m. Information: 860-232-7827 and thehalfdoorhfd.com.
>>Hopkins Vineyard, 25 Hopkins Road, Warren, features Irish fare and live Irish music at its Hayloft Wine Bar March 17 and 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. Information: 860-868-7954 and hopkinsvineyard.com.
>>J. Timothy's, 143 New Britain Ave., Plainville, celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a special menu (including corned beef,) several Irish beers on tap and live Irish music. Information: 860-747-6813 and jtimothys.com.
>>Max Fish, 110 Glastonbury Blvd., Glastonbury, hosts a self-guided St. Patrick's Day tasting menu on March 17, starting at 4 p.m. The dinner includes a choice of haddock chowder, winter chopped salad or "boxty" (Irish potato cakes); an entrée of grilled organic salmon or corned beef and cabbage and warm date bread pudding for dessert. Cost is $26 for the meal, and an extra $12 for a flight of beverages (Guinness, Smithwick's and a choice of Irish whiskeys.) Information and reservations: 860-652-3474 and maxfishct.com.
>>Several restaurants at Mohegan Sun are running St. Patrick's Day food and drink specials.
The Dubliner, the casino's Irish pub, hosts an all-day party beginning at 11 a.m., with food and drink specials, live music and giveaways.
At Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, a St. Patty's Day party kicks off at 3:17 p.m. Guests wearing green will receive $3.17 food and drink specials, and a corned beef entrée special is available for $16.95.
Corned beef and cabbage is also on the menu at Jasper White's Summer Shack, as a full Irish boiled dinner (with a pint of Guinness) for $22. Big Bubba's BBQ serves a corned beef and cabbage dinner for $17.95, with a 16-ounce Coors Light for an extra $3.
Wear green to any of Geno Auriemma's restaurants (Geno's Fast Break, Geno's Pub, Geno's Bagels, Sweets & Subs and Wok-On by Geno's Fast Break) and get a 15 percent discount on food purchases.
Michael Jordan's 23.sportcafe and Michael Jordan's Steak House will feature a corned beef and cabbage spring roll appetizer, with grain mustard sauce. (Only available at the bar at Michael Jordan's Steak House.)
The Original SoupMan offers a corned beef Reuben with a soda for $9.99 plus tax.
>>Mulberry Street Pizza, 981 Main St., Manchester, will be serving a special St. Patrick's Day menu with corned beef and cabbage, beef stew and shepherd's pie. There will also be drink specials and Irish step dancing. Information: 860-645-8646 and mulberrystreetnow.com.
>>O'Rourke's Diner, 728 Main St., Middletown, serves corned beef dishes all week, as well as a corned beef dinner with Irish breads for takeout on March 17. Informatiion: 860-346-6101 and orourkesmiddletown.com.
>>Park Central Tavern, 1640 Whitney Ave., Hamden, will feature Guinness stew, a corned beef and cabbage boiled dinner and Irish milkshakes with housemade ice cream on March 17. The Time Machine provides live music. Information: 203-287-8887 and parkcentraltavern.com.
>>Pond House Café, 1555 Asylum Ave, West Hartford, hosts a Thomas Hooker beer dinner on March 17 at 6:30 p.m. Courses include fried oyster po'boy sliders, grilled swordfish kabobs with grapefruit marmalade, oven-roasted lamb rack, grilled hanger steak and an imperial porter milkshake. Cost is $52.62. Reservations: 860-231-8823. pondhousecafe.com.
>>Saltwater Grille, 26 Commons Drive (Route 202,) Litchfield, hosts a St. Patrick's Day beer tasting lunch March 17 at 1 p.m. Courses include a cheddar ale potato leek soup, Scottish smoked salmon on soda bread, malt-vinegar braised pork shoulder slider, lager-battered sole strips and a choice of potato-crusted filet of sole or corned beef and cabbage. Each plate is paired with a different Irish beer. Cost is $35; reservations are required. Information: 860-567-4900 and saltwatergrille.org.
>> TD Homer's, 461 Queen St., Southington, serves a St. Patrick's Day menu through March 18. Dishes include corned beef Reuben wontons, Boston cod and chips and Guinness beef stew. Information: 860-329-0387 and tdhomers.com
>>Vaughan's Public House, 59 Pratt St., Hartford, opens at 9 a.m. March 17. Breakfast sandwiches with eggs, bangers, Irish cheddar, steak and corned beef are on the menu until 2 p.m. Later in the day, they're serving up corned beef and cabbage, a corned beef Reuben and shepherd's pie. Live music starts at noon. Information: 860-882-1560 and http://www.irishpublichouse.com
>>Wood-n-Tap extends its St. Patrick's Day special menu through March 25 at its six locations. Selections include baked potato soup, meatloaf, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie and lamb stew, as well as Irish-influenced cocktails. information: woodntap.com.
>>Gilt, a Moroccan restaurant and lounge, has opened in the former Bespoke space at 266 College St. in New Haven. The menu features mezze (small plates) and Mediterranean-influenced entrees. Gilt is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner at 6 p.m. and Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 203-562-3331 and giltnewhaven.com.
>>Joel Viehland of Washington's Community Table has been nominated in Food & Wine Magazine's "The People's Best New Chef" contest, in the New England category. Viehland, who's committed to sustainable cooking, was honored for his work with locally sourced food.
>>Kara Brooks of Still River Café and Bill Taibe of Westport's LeFarm and The Whelk were nominated as Northeast semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation's 2012 Restaurant and Chef Awards. Both chefs are dedicated to the farm-to-table movement. Final nominees will be announced on March 19; the Restaurant & Chef awards will be announced May 7.
>>A second Shake Shack will open in Connecticut this fall, at 986 Chapel St., in New Haven. The small chain is known for its roadside-burger-stand vibe, with burgers, hot dogs and fries, and frozen custard and "concretes," which are custard blended with toppings and mix-ins. Information: shakeshack.com
>>Ommegang Brewery is the focus of two upcoming beer dinners this month.
First, they partner with Park Central Tavern (1640 Whitney Ave., Hamden) on March 19 for a four-course dinner featuring Humboldt Fog croquettes, PEI mussels steamed in the brewery's Rare VOS and braised short ribs. Cost is $55. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. Call 203-287-8887 for reservations. Information: parkcentraltavern.com.
And on March 22, Ommegang joins Max's Oyster Bar at 6:30 p.m. for a dinner including hamachi crudo, striped bass, beer-braised Berkshire pork belly and beef cheeks. Cost is $60. Max's Oyster Bar is at 964 Farmington Ave., in West Hartford. Information: 860-236-6299 and maxsoysterbar.com.
>>Polytechnic ON20, 400 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, hosts an España wine dinner on March 29 at 6 p.m. The event features wines from Priorat and Ribera del Duero, with Spanish-influenced cuisine. Cost is $125, inclusive of tax, gratuity and parking fee. Call 860-722-5161 for reservations. Information: ontwenty.com.