Variations on a Classic: Corned Beef & Cabbage

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Unique takes on the traditional St. Patty's dish.

When it comes to St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage is a holiday staple. This simple, hearty meat-and-potatoes dish lends naturally to inspired and unique variations. Here are upcoming dishes to sample this year: 

New York:
Virgil's is applying their extensive BBQ knowledge to the classic Reuben sandwich. Smoked corned beef is smothered with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and a horseradish-dill dressing. 
• Chef Wade Burch at South West NY serves Reuben soup filled with Brussels sprouts, potatoes, corned beef, and caraway seeds. He also makes a corned beef quesadilla — rye tortilla with Swiss, sauerkraut, and corned beef with chipotle Russian dressing, avocado, and caraway scented crema.

Chicago:
• When it's time to fill up on something other than green beer, head to Prairie Fire which will be serving corned beef spring rolls.
• Coinciding with their annual Mac Madness festival, Rockit Bar and Grill will offer a special corned beef and cabbage mac and cheese on St. Patty's. The dish includes Irish cheddar and a whiskey mustard cream sauce. 

Boston:
Craigie on Main is taking the traditional hash to new heights by combining house-brined corned beef with smoked beef tongue to create their brunch special. 

Los Angeles:
Ray's & Stark Bar will serve corned beef tongue, chow-chow, mustard seeds, grilled onions, and crispy potatoes. 

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