Billings’ Top Picks for Corned Beef and Cabbage
I wish more places served corned beef and cabbage year-round, instead of just once a year and I'm not really sure why they don't. I assume it's not really a hot seller? Except for St. Patrick's Day, when you can find the tasty dish at many bars and restaurants around town. Even some casinos get in on the tradition, with a big crockpot simmering in the corner all day for patrons.
Wait... it didn't originate in Ireland?
You might be surprised to learn that corned beef and cabbage did not come from Ireland. History.com explains how the dish originated in New York when Irish immigrants often lived in the same neighborhoods as Italian and Jewish newcomers. It was at those local Jewish butcher shops and delis that the early American Irish discovered corned beef. Since it was cheaper than the traditional pork bacon, corned beef became the go-to meat, and inexpensive cabbage and potatoes the "filler" in the now popular dish.
Corned beef and cabbage is really easy to make at home (just toss the pre-packed corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, and some veggie stock in a crockpot and set in Low), but if you prefer to let someone else do the cooking, here are some of the top spots for corned beef and cabbage in Billings on St. Patrick's Day.
This Irish sports bar is the real deal and makes some of the best corned beef and cabbage in town.
People love the chicken wings and pizza at Tiny's and the popular downtown bar also makes a delicious batch of corned beef and cabbage for St. Pat's. They'll be serving it all day.
The Red Door
On Billings West End, the Red Door is always known for serving corned beef and cabbage, typically starting at 4 pm.
Hooligan's is one of Billings' biggest hotspots for St. Patrick's Day fun and they'll be serving the dish all day by the plateful.
The 90 is a great little hideout and they'll be serving corned beef and cabbage all day, starting at around 10:30 am.
The Den Sports Bar and Ale House will be going all-in on St. Patrick's Day with corned beef and cabbage stew all day (while it lasts). Pop by Bulldog's Liquor next door for some great specials on Irish whiskey too.
Remember, our St. Paddy's Day Pub Golf Tournament is Saturday, March 11th! Sign up for your five-person team HERE. It's just $5 per person with big cash prizes for top finishers and best costumed team.