7 Spots for St. Patrick's Day Dining in Metro Phoenix -- Plus Green Velvet Cupcakes

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Arizona Biltmore

Irish native Gordon Maybury is the new executive chef at the Biltmore, making this Arizona landmark a prime destination for an authentic St. Patrick's Day dinner, served Friday through Sunday. Wright's will feature an arugula salad with Jameson whiskey grain-mustard-cured salmon and yogurt dressing ($15), pan-seared wood pigeon with bacon and cabbage and black pudding ($36), and roast loin of Irish lamb with celery root puree and poitin jus ($45). Dessert will be an Irish sherry truffle ($11). Frank & Albert's will be offering a full Irish breakfast ($15) from 6 to 11 a.m., including bacon, sausage, black pudding, tomato, and black beans. Lunch and dinner specials include Irish nachos, hand-cut potato chips loaded with Irish cheddar, sausage, bacon, sour cream, and jalapenos ($11), and Chef Gordon's family recipe for shepherd's pie ($19). Reservations recommended; call 602-381-7632.

Tonto Bar and Grill & Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House

Chef Eric Flatt's two restaurants are serving specialties for the Irish holiday. A hearty dinner of housemade corned beef brisket with cabbage, potatoes, and green beans or carrots will be available ($18) to pair with the Luck-a-tini cocktail of Ketel One, ginger ale, melon liqueur, and fresh lime ($13). Dessert will be a baked meringue topped with whipped chocolate, Guinness stout cake, and caramel-infused cream served with a lucky chocolate gold coin ($11). To book a table at Tonto, call 480-488-0698; Cartwright's 480-488-8031.

Taggia at FireSky Resort

Saturday and Sunday there will be Irish specialties on the menu at Taggia in Scottsdale. Start with a soup of potato and Irish cheddar puree topped with smoked ham ($8). For lunch, the Reuben sandwich gets a holiday makeover with Irish cheddar and hot mustard ($10), and for dinner, enjoy braised beef short ribs, toasted garlic cabbage, roasted fingerling potatoes, and whiskey demi-glace ($22). Don't leave without dessert, which doubles as a nightcap. A beer float is made with vanilla gelato, hazelnuts, and caramel sauce ($6). For reservations, call 480-424-6095.

Hidden Meadow Ranch

Nestled in the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona, this getaway will be serving holiday specials all weekend long. Start your Celtic celebration with a breakfast of Irish coffee cake topped with Bailey's whipped cream and Irish whiskey chocolate sauce or a brunch plate of homemade corned beef hash with potatoes and Hollandaise sauce. For dinner, choose from beer and cheese soup, braised beef with purple cabbage and roasted potatoes, or a sweet treat of Bailey's mousse pie drizzled with crème de menthe. The restaurant will also be one-upping the typical green beer with the Leprechaun Kiss cocktail, a mix of vodka, lime juice, crème de menthe, and Sprite. For reservations, call 928-333-1000.

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Dominique Chatterjee