St. Patrick’s day is almost upon us. Time to dust off those fancy green pants, break out that “Kiss me I’m Irish” sweatshirt, paint a shamrock on your face and hit the town!
At this time of the year we are all feeling the luck of the Irish. Traditionally, it’s a time for Irish American’s to celebrate their heritage with parades, corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and of course beer! But St. Paddy’s day isn’t just for those with Irish lineage. Whatever your heritage may be, you are encouraged and welcome to participate and become Irish for a day. (or a whole week as it usually turns out to be) Buffalo is one city that really knows how to celebrate this occasion as well. The week was officially kicked off this past weekend with The Shamrock Run and concludes next weekend not just one St. Paddy’s day parade, but two. Let the Paddywhackery begin!
On the food end of this holiday, there’s nothing more Irish-American than Corned Beef and Cabbage. This all in one pot meal was created in the states by Irish immigrants- the corned beef being a cheaper substitute for the more costly pork or lamb used in stews back home in Ireland. Cabbage was also a less expensive alternative to potatoes. Add a root vegetable, such as carrots- throw it all in one pot and voilà dinner is served!
Looking for some exceptional Corned Beef? For those of you who look forward to this Irish-American classic, you will be pleased with The Steer’s and the Lake Effect’s version. We take local beef brisket and let it marinate it in our house made brine for a full week. Then the brined and boiled brisket is beer braised to seal in the flavors and create a tender and juicy piece of corned beef.
Between both Curtin Family Restaurants you have many options to enjoy this Irish American Classic this week. First off, at The Steer, you can order it as an entrée off this week’s Special’s Menu-served the tried and true way: Our Corned beef and Cabbage entrée features thick cut tender slabs of corned beef, with steamed cabbage and carrots, baby red potatoes, our own fresh rye bread, and parsley coulis.
Looking for something a little less traditional and more creative? Try the Wood-Fired Ruben Pizza Special: House made flatbread pizza featuring thinly shaved corned beef with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island Dressing all cooked in our wood-fried brick oven until crispy crust perfection.
Do you enjoy a plant-based diet and looking for some Vegan Irish fare? As many of you have come to know, you will not be left out at The Steer. We have created a Vegan Ruben just for you: House made brined and baked Seitan thinly sliced with vegan Thousand Island Dressing, Sauerkraut, and a schmear of Dijon on our own fresh griddled rye bread (vgn/df). Served with fresh cut French fries.
At both the Lake Effect Diner and The Steer you can also indulge in a Ruben Sandwich. This is a regular item over at The Diner, but for this week it will be featured across the lot at The Steer. For this popular sandwich our corned beef is thinly sliced, topped with sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing served on griddled house made rye bread and accompanied by a side of fresh cut fries.
Back by popular demand on the Special’s Menu at The Diner is the Ruben Burger. (Yes, we’re aware-we may have gone a little Ruben crazy this year, but it’s sooooo good!) This unique burger starts with our own Black Angus 1/2lb burger. This mouthwatering piece of meat is topped with our sliced corned beef, sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing. Served, of course, with fresh cut fries.
So we obviously have plenty of corned beef items to suit anyone craving, but maybe it’s not your thing and you are looking for other Emerald Isle inspired options. Never fear, there’s more. At the Lake Effect Diner, there is the Guinness Fish And Chips Special: Crispy Guinness-battered haddock fingers served with fried potato wedges, house grilled vegetables, and coleslaw.
At The Steer there are two soups to choose from: A rich Cheddar Cheese and Stout is one, and a creamy Vegan Potato Leek (vgn/df) is the other. Both are served in a cup or bowl serving size. They are the perfect warm up for the lingering chill in the air.
So don’t delay, come on in and enjoy one of these fantastic Celtic Inspired Specials before they make their Irish Goodbye at the end of the week.