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Corned beef and cabbage and pints of green beer may be the unofficial St. Patrick's Day meal, but if you're craving something a little bit more offbeat, look no further than these five inventive Irish-inspired dishes. Just chew quickly: Like the elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (and herds of sloshed partiers wearing green), these St. Pat's specials won't stick around long after March 17.
St. Paddy's pizza
Pizza Persona (614 W. Diversey Pkwy. 773-327-8500)
Irish inspiration: The Lincoln Park pizza spot is rolling out green-tinted dough for the holiday as well as a St. Pat's-themed 10-inch pie ($6) topped with pesto, mozzarella, broccoli, green peppers and spinach. For $2 more, you can pair your pizza with a Goose Island bottled brew.
The St. Patty's Paddy burger
25 Degrees (736 N. Clark St. 312-943-9700)
Irish inspiration: This River North burger bar topped a sirloin patty with corned beef, gruyere, homemade Thousand Island dressing and little sauerkraut, and the St. Patty's Paddy ($12) was born. Want to celebrate St. Pat's and the fact you've never had to live through a potato famine? Add a small fry for $2.
Available: Now through Sunday
Boxty breakfast tacos
The Red Canary (695 N. Milwaukee Ave. 312-846-1475)
Irish inspiration: On St. Patrick's Day proper, diners can DIY their spuds with a potato taco bar ($15). These top-o'-the-morning tacos require less prep time than a traditional Irish potato pancake, or boxty: Just wrap skillet potatoes, red potato mash, corned beef hash in a corn or flour tortilla and top with fennel sausage, Irish cheddar, eggs and more.
Available: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday
Guinness chocolate cheesecake & Irish cream brownies
Eleaven Food Company (54 E. Ontario St., 312-202-0899)
Irish inspiration: This River North bakery and cafe's Irish-inspired desserts include mini-cheesecakes ($3.95) with a Gaelic twist. "The chocolate and Guinness played well off each other," said owner Eben Dorros. Also try Eleaven's Irish cream brownies ($2.50) with Baileys-infused buttercream frosting, which Dorros says provides a "happy contrast" to their fudgy flavor.
Available: Now through Saturday at the restaurant and its food truck
Corned wagyu beef short ribs
Michael Jordan's Steak House (505 N. Michigan Ave. 312-321-8823)
Irish inspiration: This Mag Mile restaurant is putting a steakhouse spin on the traditional corned beef and cabbage dish by taking top-notch wagyu beef short ribs and serving them alongside cabbage fondue ($40).
Erin Brereton is a RedEye special contributor. Additional reporting by Lisa Arnett.