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For St. Patrick's Day on Friday, consider going beyond the usual corned beef and cabbage and green beer and try one of these unique, Irish-inspired items.


Made with shredded potatoes, eggs and buttermilk, this thin pancake resembles a crêpe and is a common breakfast offering in Northern Ireland. At Flanagan's on Main in Park City, the chefs serve it filled with savory meats. The most popular is the creamy chicken and mushrooms flamed in Jameson Irish Whiskey. There are also a corned beef and cabbage boxty and Irish stew boxty, the local favorite that's not on the official menu but available upon request. These hearty meals cost $18-$19 and are large enough for two eaters or make good leftovers.

Flanagan's • 438 Main St., Park City; 435-649-8600 or Open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Irish tacos

More than 50 years ago, Paul Crowley started serving his original Irish tacos to his children and grandchildren. Dozens of family gatherings later, two of his grandsons decided to launch O'Crowley's Irish Tacos, using Grandpa's recipe that includes ground beef, potatoes and spices served in a fresh, softly fried corn tortilla. They serve the tacos, along with Grandpa's "pot o'gold" fruit salad, at the farmers market and concession stands at Brigham Young University. Three years ago, they bought a local smoothie shop and added their tacos to the menu. A 6-inch taco is $2.49. Combination plates also are available.

O'Crowley's Irish Tacos • Inside Juicepress, 135 S. State St., Lindon; 802-796-7300 or Open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Irish Mule

As the name suggests, this is an Irish twist on the vodka-based Moscow Mule. At Salt Lake City's Whiskey Street, the cocktail is made with Tullamore Dew blended Irish whiskey, ginger beer and lime juice and served in a signature copper mug. It costs $9 and is one of 12 mule cocktails available at the downtown bar, which has one of the largest Irish whiskey selections in the state.

Whiskey Street • 323 Main St., Salt Lake City; 801-433-1371 or Open daily, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Tempeh Reuben

Vegans can get their Irish on with the grilled Irish-inspired sandwich at Vertical Diner. Soy-based tempeh is fried and topped with housemade sauerkraut and Vertical sauce — think vegan fry sauce — and served on organic rye bread. Owner Ian Brandt said when Vertical Diner moved to its new location — on 900 South, the former location of Sage's Cafe — the popular sandwich was accidentally left off the menu. But diners can still request it and can expect its return in the near future.

Vertical Diner • 234 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City; 801-484-8378 or Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

The Utah Hibernian Society stages its 39th annual St. Patrick's Day parade in downtown Salt Lake City. Oscar A. Solis, the 10th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, is the grand marshal.

When • Saturday, 10 a.m.

Route • The parade starts near West High School on 400 West and moves to Rio Grande Street and through The Gateway mall.

Afterparty • At 10:45 a.m., the Siamsa celebration, featuring Irish music, dancing and food, begins in the Grand Ballroom of the Union Pacific Station, also at The Gateway.

Details •

More celebrations • Join Mountain West Hard Cider, one of the parade sponsors, and Red Rock Brewing for Salt Lake City's 4th West Fest. Stop by the cidery at 425 N. 400 West, between noon and 5 p.m. for live music, food trucks, cider, beer and cornhole and ladderball tournaments with prizes. Admission is free.

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