5 signature Irish dishes in Central Jersey

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and with every green beer that New Jerseyans will be raising to celebrate their genuine (or pseudo) Irish heritage on March 17, they will also be keeping their palates happy in another way — with some scrumptious Irish dishes.

Here in Central Jersey, we have a multitude of Irish pubs to help you get your fix of corned beef, cabbage and more, even if it’s just to bide some time before your next Guinness. Check out some of these favorite Irish dishes that can be found on the menus of local Irish pubs on St. Patrick’s Day and everyday.

Guinness chicken from Hailey’s Harp and Pub. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Hailey’s Harp and Pub)

Guinness chicken from Hailey’s Harp and Pub

Where: Hailey’s Harp and Pub, an Irish pub with classic fare and frequent live music at 400 Main St, Metuchen.

The dish: Chicken breast stuffed with Irish bacon and homemade mozzarella, coated in Guinness then battered and fried crispy. It is then topped with Jersey tomatoes and a creamy spinach sauce and paired with a side of mashed potatoes and a side of the Harp’s famous Jameson gravy.

Cost: $17, which includes a soup or salad

What customers have to say: Owner Chris Flynn said that his customers love this dish and they’re also a fan of the huge portion, which always makes for enough for lunch the next day.

Contact: haileysharpandpub.com, 732-321-0777

Mannion’s Shepherd’s Pie from Mannion’s Pub. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Mannion’s Pub)

Mannion’s Shepherd’s Pie from Mannion’s Pub

Where: Mannion’s Pub & Restaurant, a wood-clad tavern for Irish-American fare for lunch and dinner, live music and an upstairs sports bar at 150 W Main St, Somerville.

The dish: Ground sirloin with onions and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes and oven baked to perfection

Cost: $13.95

What customers have to say: The truth is in the numbers — Pat Mannion, owner, said that in his 18 years at the Pub this item has been his number one seller.

Contact: mannionsirishpub.com, 908-203-0700

Corn beef and cabbage from Tumulty’s Pub. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Tumulty’s Pub)

Corn beef and cabbage dinner from Tumulty’s Pub

Where: Tumulty’s Pub, which has an upstairs dining room with American food and drink plus a downstairs area with live music and events, at 361 George St. in New Brunswick.

The dish: A hearty dinner of corn beef, cabbage and Irish soda bread — the Irish classic.

Cost: $16.95

What customers have to say: Sheila Weber said that customers frequently remark, “This melts in your mouth.”

Contact: http://www.tumultyspub.com/, 732-545-6205

Irish nachos from Hailey’s Harp and Pub. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Hailey’s Harp and Pub)

Irish nachos from Hailey’s Harp and Pub

Where: Hailey’s Harp and Pub, a local Irish pub with classic fare and frequent live music at 400 Main St, Metuchen.

The dish: These fried potato slices (Idaho and sweet) are topped with seasoned ground beef and lamb, cheddar cheese, tomatillos and scallions. They are served with salsa and sour cream, or guacamole for an additional charge.

Cost: $11

What customers have to say: Owner Chris Flynn said that customers have said to him that “potatoes have never tasted so good” and this dish is “a gooey wonderfulness.”

Contact: haileysharpandpub.com, 732-321-0777

Fish and chips from Molly Maguire’s. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Molly Maguire’s)

Fish and chips from Molly Maguire’s

Where: Molly Maguire’s, an Irish watering hole with pub grub, Irish fare and substantial entrees in a traditional tavern setting at 1085 Central Ave, Clark

The dish: Harp beer-battered Basa with fresh-cut french fries

Cost: $17.99

What customers have to say: Kim Gentry, a manager, said that one customer told her that he had tried fish and chips in every country — including throughout the United Kingdom — and he thought that the fish and chips at Molly Maguire’s were the best he had ever had.

Contact:mollymaguires.com, 732-388-6511

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