We here at northforker love St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe it’s because we like food. Maybe it’s because we like beer. Maybe it’s because most of us are Irish.
As an homage to one of our favorite holidays, we wanted to come up with a list of five places you can go to celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day on the North Fork with food and drinks.
Some of our choices are traditional, others are outrageous.
Here’s what we came up with:
Reuben at Digger’s
No St. Patrick’s Day celebration is complete without corned beef and the North Fork’s only Irish pub Digger’s Ale’s & Eats in Riverhead has a fantastice reuben sandwich. Their massive Ruben is made to satisfy. The chef uses top round cuts of beef instead of traditional brisket, which makes for a thicker, juicier sandwich. Not just popular for St. Patty’s Day, Digger’s serves upwards of 200 Rubens each month, according to owner Stephen Wirth. Try it out at Digger’s, located at 70 West Main Street in Riverhead (map it)
Irish coffee at Founder’s Tavern
Made with the perfect balance of coffee, Jameson Irish Whiskey and thick whipped cream, a Founder’s Tavern Irish coffee is an indulgent way to salute St. Patrick. The Southold pub serves the twisted coffee daily in its taproom, which also boasts an extensive variety of Long Island beers and wines. Check it out at Founder’s Tavern, located at 55500 Main Street in Southold (map it)
Guinness beer ice cream at Magic Fountain
Known for its adventurous and ever-changing flavor list, Magic Fountain is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by bringing back its Guinness beer ice cream. The Mattituck ice cream parlor really uses Guinness to make the creamy dessert that is both sweet and the slightly bitter. Magic Fountain is located at 9825 Main Road in Mattituck (map it)
Celtic Ale at Long Ireland
Long Ireland Beer Company’s Celtic ale is the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day beer. Long Ireland’s first release, this beer is old traditional Irish ale. It’s brewed with ingredients the way beer was brewed a few hundred years ago in Ireland. Since Ireland is an island, ingredients weren’t always readily available. The Irish brewers used ingredients they were able to get locally, according to the brewery’s website. This beer is made with four different malts and a big serving of honey and oats that give it a sweet but smooth flavor. You can pick up a six-pack, or head down to the brewery to sample some for yourself at 817 Pulaski Street in Riverhead (map it)
Irish soda bread at Junda’s
Junda’s Pastry Crust & Crumb always offers something special for the holidays and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. The Jamesport bakery, owned by Christopher Junda (above), is selling traditional Irish soda bread made with raisins and buttermilk. The bread is so popular, Junda’s sells it from February 1 all the way through April 20. And although they are normally closed on Monday, they will be open this St. Patrick’s Day on Monday, March 17. Junda’s is located at 1612 Main Road in Jamesport (map it)