St. Patrick's Day eats: O'Reilly's

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The Pub: "Irish today, hungover tomorrow," promises/warns a sign in O'Reilly's, the hippest semi-dive bar in Olde ("e" optional) North Columbus. I love this rowdy and thoroughly unpretentious pub because a) it's got some of the best and funniest bartenders around, b) it's got some of the best hooch-soaking-up food in the area and c) I live just down the street a piece, and therefore it's my neighborhood bar. Proudly unreformed smokers love the TV-equipped back porch, but I prefer perching on a booth if I can snag one - this place is always hopping.

Corned beef delivery system: There's only a reuben, but it's a pretty damn good one - big, salty and sloppy, and on really crispy griddled bread. Plus it comes with O'Reilly's rockin' fries - big, blocky handcut jobbies or thinner and crisper sweet potato versions.

Other grub: The huge, juicy, handmade burgers are killers (the Pepper burger is one of my favorites in Columbus) but I also dig the chili and eye-poppingly hot "Scott's style" chicken wings.

St. Patty's Day Special: This place goes all out, starting with a full Irish-style breakfast fry up. As the long bleary day progresses, it serves up specials like a beef and lamb Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd's Pie and soda bread to help sop it all up.

O'Reilly's Irish Pub

2822 N. High St., Clintonville

614-262-6343