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The calendar has turned to March. With it brings hope that this winter will finally move on and the count down to Saint Patrick's Day has begun. Don your green and dust off your shamrocks, it's time to talk Irish foods, and what else other than potatoes. Shepherds pie at Kitty's; a heavenly combination of slow cooked beef, peas, carrots, and onions in a savory gravy topped with mashed potatoes served golden brown. Kitty O'Reillys located on Sturgeon Bay's West side. Over the last couple years, the Irish have become more interested in their own cuisine and the popularity of boxty has risen. You can now see boxty or some variation on menus, like at Kitty O'Reilly's Irish Pubon Sturgeon Bay's West side. They're serving up traditional Irish fare, an obvious stop for the upcoming holiday, but I'd strongly recommend stopping for lunch or dinner NOW. You can find great examples of Wisconsin bar grub with a unique twist, but also sweet bacon braised red cabbage, Guinness braised beef, slow cooked corn beef and cabbage, Smithwick's beer cheese sauce, shepherds pie and Irish bangers! Peasant style food or not, you'll find yourself literally licking the plate clean... or at least the cup of that beer cheese sauce. One of the questions that has gone unanswered in my visits to Kitty's; why does Door County's Irish pub serve the BEST old fashioneds? Perfectly muddled, not overly sweet, just the right amount of bitters and generously garnished. I finally asked. Our served replied with a shoulder shrug and half smile, "We have the best bartenders, I guess?"
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