Shepherd’s pie, also known as “cottage” pie, is a dish that originating in the farming communities of the United Kingdom and Ireland. The mashed potato crusted baked casserole was invented in an effort to use up leftover meat by combining it with vegetables and a savory gravy. Some pies are made with beef, others with lamb but each version makes a great comfort food dish. Here are five DC spots where you can sample some of the best shepherd’s pie in the city.
The Dubliner Restaurant
4 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-3773
www.dublinerdc.com

The Dubliner is an authentic Irish pub located at the Phoenix Park Hotel. The menu includes a variety of traditional dishes, including shepherd’s pie. Dubliner’s version is made with beef, lamb, onion, peas, carrots, potatoes and a delicious Guinness gravy. This comfort dish is available daily and can be paired with Irish whiskey or a Guinness. The Dubliner features live music seven days a week beginning at 9 p.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Star And Shamrock
1341 H St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 388-3833
www.starandshamrock.com

The Star and Shamrock isn’t your typical Irish pub. Part Jewish deli, part Irish pub, Star and Shamrock has a menu that incorporates Irish fare with Jewish deli staples like matzo ball soup, knishes and brisket medallions. Here, the shepherd’s pie is made with roasted leg of lamb, peas, carrots, pearl onions and aus gravy topped with a flavorful mashed potato crust. The pub also has a drink menu with craft beer, whiskeys and barrel aged cocktails. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and includes $5 wines and $1 off all drafts & rail cocktails.

Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub
2800 S. Randolph St., Suite 110
Arlington VA 22206
(703) 379-0122
www.samuelbecketts.com

Just outside of Washington, in nearby Arlington, you’ll find Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub. This modern Irish pub serves up traditional and American favorites with a side of Irish hospitality. Samuel Beckett’s shepherd’s pie is quite original, made with ground lamb, mixed vegetables in a Guinness sauce and topped off with Jameson laced mashed potatoes. The bar has something going on every night of the week from live music to trivia night. It is also a great place to watch sports, including the Nations Rugby games.

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The Bier Baron Tavern
1523 22nd St. N.W.
Washington DC 20037
(202) 293-1887
www.inlovewithbier.com

The Bier Baron is the place to go in DC for beer lovers. With an inventory that boasts over 600 beers, including a collection exclusive to The Bier Baron, you can easily try something new each time you visit. Pair your brew with tasty bites from the diverse menu of bacon lollipops, chicken parmesan donut and of course, the shepherd’s pie. Bier Baron’s pie is made with ground lamb, corn, carrots, mushrooms, peas and creamy mashed potatoes. The tavern also hosts a variety of entertainment like trivia, magic and comedy shows.

Daniel O’Connells
112 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 739-1124
www.danieloconnells.com

This King Street pub is all you could ask for in an Irish bar and restaurant. The tavern is filled with authentic antiques and includes both indoor and outdoor dining spaces. O’Connell’s shepherd’s pie is made with braised beef and vegetables under parmesan cheese-crusted mash. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try a seafood version of the pie. The menu also includes Irish specialties like corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips and scotch eggs.

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