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Celebrate St. Patty's Day with the traditional Irish breakfast

Happy St. Patty's Day!
Happy St. Patty's Day!
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This week, people all over the world will celebrate the festive Irish holiday. St. Patrick’s day. St. Patty’s day is the national observance of the patron Saint Patrick. Festivities include parades, wearing green, and drinking copious amounts of beer.

For this year’s St. Patty’s jubilee, why not celebrate by creating a traditional Irish breakfast? The traditional breakfast features two eggs served atop soda bread, bacon – served soft, instead of the crunchy American type, sausage, sautéed mushrooms and tomatoes, fried potatoes, and black pudding. Most of these items are pretty standard breakfast items, not including the black pudding. According to Wikipedia, black pudding or “blood sausage” is a type of sausage made by cooking blood with filler until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled. Black pudding is most commonly made using cow or pig blood.

While this is an Irish tradition, if it sounds somewhat unappetizing, don’t worry. It’s not a requirement. You can simply celebrate by visiting one of the local Irish Pubs in town, who will be opening early on Wednesday and serving up breakfast.

Fado Irish Pub, 1735 19th St – Opening at 8 a.m., featuring food, live music, and an Alice 105.9 live broadcast.

Nallens, 1495 Market St. – Opening at 8 a.m. and offering live music, food, and spirits.

The Irish Rover Pub, 54 South Broadway – Opening at 10 a.m., featuring traditional Irish entertainment.



  • Elizabeth Kelly: Knoxville Restaurants Examiner 5 years ago

    I love the idea of an Irish brunch, but black pudding is pretty much like eating scabs.

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