When you think of traditional Irish dishes, shepherd’s pie is one of the first things that comes to mind. While each recipe might vary in what vegetables they include, each of the following restaurants and pubs are sure to satisfy your taste buds. It is a delicious combination of beef, vegetables and mashed potatoes. While shepherd’s pie is served year-round, be sure to try one of these restaurants this St. Patrick’s Day.
Duffy’s Tavern
241 Campbell St.
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 933-9721

Duffy’s Tavern has established a home in West Haven since 1983. Shepard’s pie is a traditional Irish item on their menu. Sink your teeth into layers of beef, corn and celery topped off with soft mashed potatoes. Warm brown gravy is drizzled on top, and no sides are available. On St. Patrick’s Day Duffy’s will feature shepard’s pie, and it is available for call ahead to-go orders.

Sixpence Pie Company
26 N. Main St.
Southington, CT 06489
(203) 376-0606

Find the perfect comfort foods at Sixpence Pie Company. Their menu is full of tasty pies and treats made with locally grown products. Shepard’s pie is a favorite on the menu, along with selections of pork, chicken, veggie dishes and quiches. While it is not your typical Irish restaurant, their fresh ingredients lend to a satisfying stomach. A kids menu is also available at this restaurant, and catering options.

The Corner Pug
1046 New Britain Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06110
(860) 231-0241

As you would expect, this pub and restaurant has your favorite dish — shepherd’s pie. It is freshly made each day, cooked with braised beef and vegetables and topped off with delicious mashed potatoes. The Corner Pug has easy access with a convenient location near the FastTrak bus stop. Come visit and find out why this place was voted the Best of Hartford Magazine in 2015.

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O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant
93 N Main St.
Norwalk, CT 06854
(203) 838-0222

If you are looking for authentic Irish pub culture, you will want to try O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant. The owners moved from Ireland to the states, and we all benefit. One of their specialty menu items is their shepherd’s pie. Their recipe includes ground beef, peas, carrots, onions and a brown gravy sauce topped off with smooth mashed potatoes. Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., they have happy hour. Stop by to save on an appetizer or drinks.

Vaughan’s Public House
59 Pratt St.
Hartford, CT
(860) 882-1560

Vaughan’s Public House is located in Hartford. As you enter this restaurant you will feel the warm and friendly atmosphere from the staff and fellow customers. It is like the Cheers of Irish pubs. Be sure to check out their shepherd’s pie on the dinner menu. Their shepherd’s pie consists of ground beef, carrots, onions and corn with whipped potatoes on top. This dish is served with Irish bread and comes with an option of salad for an additional cost.

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.