With San Mateo County becoming the lone Bay Area county in the lesser-restrictive orange tier of the state’s COVID-19 reopening system on Wednesday, local businesses are certainly feeling the luck of the Irish.
There are both reasons, and opportunities, to celebrate St. Patrick’s day locally.
Indoor dining is back at Harry’s Hofbraus in Redwood City, which is serving it famous corned beef and cabbage meal daily through St. Paddy’s for $17.99 (available via takeout, as well).
Alhambra Irish House is holding a weeklong, socially-distanced celebration at its locations in Redwood City and Mountain View. Along with food and drinks, they’ll celebrate with music and craic (fun and games) on Wednesday.
Redwood City BBQ is serving up a smoked corned beef and cabbage special that can be washed down with one of its Irish-style beers.
Through March 21, Pinstripes at Hilldale Shopping Center, which is also open for indoor and outdoor dining is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with themed drinks and dessert, which include Guinness Floats ($8), Green Beer ($4), and Pistachio Gelato ($7).
The move to the orange tier has Bel Mateo Bowl in San Mateo reopening on St. Patrick’s Day at noon, with modifications.
“Whether you wear green for St. Patrick’s Day, dig out your bowling jerseys or come dressed like you do when you work-from-home… we want you to be here with us, as we say hello to you and as we all come together again,” according to the bowling alley’s online post.
For those with a sweet tooth for green treats, Cold Stone Creamery in San Mateo is serving up its Sprinkled with Charms shake, a partnership with Lucky Charms. Also Cakery in Burlingame is making St. Patrick’s Day Cake Pops.
There are many more options in San Mateo County to grab St. Patrick’s Day-themed meals, drinks, treats and fun. If you do go out to celebrate, consider supporting a local business. And even more importantly, don’t drink and drive. Beyond the dangers of doing so, note that law enforcement agencies throughout the county have stated they’ll be putting extra resources toward patrolling for DUI.