The Irish House ~ A fantastic blend of New Orleans and Irish cuisine that serves as a window into some fascinating regional history. Bailey's Cheesecake, Guinness stew, Guinness, lamb shank, Guinness, shrimp, Guinness, and more!
New Orleans never struck me as a particularly Irish city. French influences dominate popular depictions of the area while the Spanish history is largely found in the architecture. The Irish made a long lasting impact on the city working on the docks, digging some of the canals, adding to the racial mix and contributing to the signature New Orleans accent. The Catholic nature of the city, the general disdain for the British, and cheap passage made the city an attractive spot for Irish fleeing persecution in the 1700's and escaping the potato famine in the 1800's. Irish Channel, a neighborhood located near the river, and St. Patrick’s Church are just part of the legacy they've left behind. A proliferation of pubs also remains. The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau brought me out and insisted that I try the modern Irish pub, The Irish House. Tasting history lessons is probably my favorite way to learn.