What to eat
St. "Patty" Burger at Bukowski Tavern (address and info) Inman Square
Amateurs throw some Irish bacon on a burger and call it a day. But Brian Poe takes his themed patties seriously. This one starts with a seared side of corned beef, then goes whole hog with whiskey bacon, malted cabbage, and Irish cheddar cheese. Believe me, you'll want this after a few pints.
Three Square Meals at The Independent (address and info) Union Square
The Indo opens at noon for the day (usually it's 3pm), which means you can ensconse yourself for basically half a day and stuff yourself silly three times over: grab a traditional Irish breakfast (two fried eggs, grilled tomato, black & white pudding, Irish sausage, Irish bacon, fried potatoes, Irish baked beans, and Irish soda bread) for brunch; a lamb sandwich (Irish cheddar, roasted garlic purée, and fries) for a late lunch; and either some bangers & mash or a corned beef dinner for sup.
Jalapeño Spiked Corned Beef Taco at Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake (address and info) Back Bay
Ah, gastronomic amalgams. This Mexican-Irish hybrid comes topped with flash-fried cabbage, Jameson potato salsa, and parsley chimichurri. Go get it. Enough said.
St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef Burrito at Anna’s Taqueria (address and info) Beacon Hill/MGH (& other locations)
Beans, rice, corned beef, carrots, and cabbage? Totally works! Actually, that's why the local taqueria chain is bringing back the one-day-only special in celebration of St. Patrick.