Where To Channel Your Irish Spirit this St. Patrick’s Day

Fish and chips, Guinness stew, fisherman’s pie and (gasp) short rib burgers.

There are so many good ethnic restaurants in Delaware that a comprehensive guide would fill an issue, so we’re offering it online. Here are some old and new favorites to consider the next time you get a yen for global flavor. Installment 2 of dining writer Pam George’s epic roundup from the February issue of DT is Celtic—while you’re still in St. Patty’s day mode, wouldn’t you know…

There’s a little Anglophile in all of us. Or maybe we just like a place where drinking good beer and plowing into stick-to-your-ribs comfort food are encouraged and expected. 

Catherine Rooney’s
Known for: Being the good-time place where you can enjoy Guinness both in a glass and in a stew.
Insider tip: Go with the expected, including shepherd’s pie, Guinness stew and beer-battered fish and chips. On Sundays, the restaurant hosts traditional Irish music jam sessions.
1616 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 654-9700; 102 E. Main St., Newark, 369-7330, catherinerooneys.com

Go Brit! Fish + Chips and Go Fish!

Known for: The real deal. Owner Alison Blyth was raised in London, and her sticky toffee pudding appeared on “The Today Show.” Go Brit is the fast-casual sister of Go Fish, which is a full-service restaurant in downtown Rehoboth.
Insider tip: For surf and turf, one person can order beer-battered fish and chips and the other can ask for beer-battered sausage and chips. Or, get an order of shepherd’s pie and one of the fisherman’s pies, made with cod, salmon, shrimp and vegetables in a lobster sauce. Both are topped with mashed potatoes. Don’t forget a side of mushy peas.
Go Brit! 18388 Coastal Hwy., Lewes, 644-2250, gobrit.com; Go Fish!, 24 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-1044, gofishdelaware.com

Rose & Crown
Known for: Rising from the ashes—the original business closed in 2005—in a more sophisticated space with a more innovative menu and a new owner, Jay Caputo.
Insider tip: Along with the classic fish-and-chip prep, there are some creative concoctions, including a version with Buffalo sauce and blue cheese. The menu leaves the isles for to-die-for short rib burgers or a lamb burger stuffed with goat cheese.
142 Second St., Lewes, 827-4475, roseandcrownlewes.com

Stoney’s Pub

Known for: Owner Mike “Stoney” Stone, a former music publicist turned restaurateur, who’s as much a draw as the fish and chips. 
Insider tip: Fresh cod is delivered each day and fried in canola oil. Chips are cut on site. Also try a bridie, a Cornish pastry packed with cubed beef, potatoes, carrots and onions or the sausage roll, a family recipe. Yorkshire pudding is available on Saturdays only. The whiskey list competes with the beer list in length.
3007 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 477-9740, stoneyspub.com.

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Suzanne Loudermilk
Wilmington, DE

From chocolate festivals to wine tastings to new restaurant openings, Dining Insider has the Delaware dining scene covered. Delaware Today's Suzanne Loudermilk shares the scoop each week on the food and wine events you simply can’t miss. Contact Suzanne at sloudermilk@todaymediainc.com.

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