Shepherd’s pie historically originated in Scotland, and was made with lamb with a pastry top crust. Modern day shepherd’s pie is made with either beef or lamb and has a mashed potato crust. The change in topping happened when the potato was introduced to Ireland, Scotland, and Great Britain, and potatoes became a main staple food source. Shepherd’s pie makes a great family meal, or alternative to corn beef to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Molly Maguire’s Pub & Fine Eatery
610 N.W. 65th St.
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 789-9643

Molly Maguire’s Pub & Fine Eatery is Irish to the core. Nominated for the best Irish Pub in King 5 Best of Western Washington, the pub serves some of the best Guinness, and a menu of Irish dishes. Shepherd’s pie is one of the 3 entree’s served on the Irish menu at the pub. It’s owners are Irish, and they create the atmosphere of an old world Irish pub. The shepherd’s pie is made with traditional ingredients, and served steaming hot.

Shawn O’Donnell’s
508 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 602-6380

Shawn O’Donnell’s is located at Pioneer Square on the ground floor of the Smith Tower in downtown Seattle. The establishment’s menu is full of many Irish dishes or entrees with an Irish twist. Shepherd’s pie is one of the best entrees listed on the menu. Their version is made with ground beef, vegetables, special spices, and topped with mashed potatoes. The restaurant delivers, and caters to pick-up orders. The focus is on customer service, and creating minimal impact on the environment.

Premier Meat Pies
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 428-6280

Located near the Seattle Center, Premier Meat Pies strives to make the best meat pies in the city. Several traditional meat pies from Scotland, Ireland, and England are on the menu, and served traditionally. The shepherd’s pie is created with ground beef and vegetables, special spices, and topped with mashed potatoes. Closely related to the shepherd’s pie is the cottage pie. One of the differences between the 2 is the type of meat used in the pie. At Premier Meat Pies, the difference is that cottage pie uses steak instead of ground beef. The restaurant offers local micro-brews to compliment the pies.

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Mulleady’s Irish Pub
3055 21st Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 283-8843

Mulleady’s Irish Pub is located in a restored house in the Magnolia District of Seattle. The pub offers the largest variety of Irish Whiskey in Seattle, and a mix of modern and old world entrees on their menu. The pub menu includes shepherd’s pie. The pie is made with the traditional lamb’s meat with celery root, garlic mashed potatoes, and cheddar cheese. The pub is known to mix modern with traditional into a culinary delight.

Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant
801 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 264-2700

Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Seattle. The pub strives to keep pace with the pubs in Ireland, and keep current with the times. The menu reflects the traditions of Ireland with a healthy touch of the Pacific Northwest. This version of shepherd’s pie is made from ground beef and vegetables, and topped with a sauce made with colcannon. This is a great dish to go with the traditional Guinness. Every menu entree is cooked from scratch, and the beer is from local breweries.

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