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Get your Irish up
Eateries ready for St. Patrick's Day with suds, specials
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Taco Mac in Cumming is offering a special menu March 13-17. - photo by Emily Saunders
Between green beer, Celtic music and authentic Irish cuisine, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Forsyth County.

Taco Mac in Cumming will be serving up Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s, 20 ounces at a time. The three beers are being highlighted through March, and in glasses that are 4 ounces larger, said manager Derek Coyle.

For a special St. Patty’s treat, customers can go green with their orders.

“A lot of people do get pitchers or pints and they say, ‘Eh, make it green,’” he said. “People get a kick out of it.”

Green food coloring can be added to any beer. “We’re hoping it’ll be a little more fun,” Coyle said.

Corporate chef Matthew Deckard has worked with area chefs on two special recipes, which will debut Friday.

Corned beef served with garlic mashed potatoes and braised cabbage and onions, and Guinness stew with potatoes, carrots and onions will be served through St. Patrick’s Day.

Instead of green beer, Good Ol’ Days Café will be living on a prayer for the holiday.

Owner Travis Ahearn is expecting a pastor to bless the bar on St. Patrick’s Day.

“Being raised Irish Catholic, we had our house blessed whenever we moved,” he said. “So every bar I’ve been in or restaurant I’ve worked at, I’ve had blessed as well.

“I’ve never done it here before, so it’s about high time I do it.”

The bar will also offer music leading up to the holiday, featuring Dirt and Haksers Kash. Ahearn said customers can also expect a “bunch of little surprises,” as well as Irish-themed drinks and giveaways.

“St. Patrick’s Day for Irish Americans is kind of like regular people’s New Year’s Eve,” he said. “It’s kind of like the restarting of the Irish American’s year.”

Norman’s Landing owner Bill Norman said he’s sticking to what works, simplicity. Corned beef and cabbage will be on the menu on St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on a Tuesday, but he expects the meal to make up more than 60 percent of that day’s sales for lunch and dinner.

“We’ve got one of the best Reubens in town and the beef is the same stuff we use for the Reubens,” he said. “We steam it all off good and get the juice from the cabbage. People seem to lick their plates pretty good. That seems to keep them coming.”

Tam’s Backstage and the Cumming Playhouse are celebrating the holiday with back-to-back musical performances.

Guests can start the evening with dinner and entertainment at Tam’s Backstage. From 6 to 8 p.m., the restaurant will feature dinner specials and musician Chris Roberts, said manager Brian Tam.

“He’s just a great musician and vocalist,” Tam said. “He’s going to be at Tam’s for the next four Tuesday nights.”

At 8 p.m. upstairs in the Playhouse, the Music of Ireland show featuring the Cumming Playhouse Singers and the Forsyth Wind Quintet will begin.

“We’re hoping it will be a draw for folks to come to dinner and then at 8 p.m. come to our concert,” said Linda Heard, playhouse director.

The 60-member playhouse singers will perform selections including “Danny Boy,” “Irish Lullaby,” “My Wild Irish Rose” and “A Gaelic Blessing.”

“I wish it was going to be performed for more than one night,” Heard said. “I’ve heard them practice and it’s going to be just wonderful.”

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