Frankie Santos, whose mom was Irish, will draw on family recipes for the St. Patrick's Day specials he plans to serve at his Frankie's South Philly Cheesesteaks on Wednesday.
At the center is ham braised for 12 hours in Irish whiskey and ham stock. He's serving it with cabbage and house-made Irish potato salad for $6.25, which includes a drink. Diners can also order it as a sandwich, served on rolls brought in from Philadelphia.
The Tucson Barbershop Quartet will perform at lunchtime, he said.
Here are some other Tucson restaurants serving up Irish specials on Wednesday:
O'Shaughnessy's Steakhouse & Piano Bar is serving up Irish specialties and a musical review on Tuesday.
On the menu: corned beef and cabbage, Irish lamb stew, rye bread, potatoes O'Brien, and Mistress Murphy's Bread Pudding with Irish whiskey cream sauce. Seatings are at 5 and 7 p.m.
On Wednesday, O'Shaughnessy's is throwing its fourth annual Charlie Hartung Party. Doors open at 10 a.m. and stay open until "the last Colleen goes home," Sam O'Shaughnessy said. O'Shaughnessy's is at 2200 N. Camino Principal.
The Irish Pub, 9155 E. Tanque Verde Road, is serving Irish specials from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. That includes corned beef, cabbage and carrots, and red potatoes with a roll ($8.95). There's also corned beef and Swiss on rye with Irish fries ($8.25). And because it's St. Paddy's day, there also are Irish wings ($6 for a half order; $9 for a full one). There are also plenty of drink specials and entertainment by Jay Faircloth.
Azul Restaurant Lounge at La Paloma, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive, has a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner.
All green drinks will be $5, including Green-tinis, Midori margaritas and green beer.
Miguel's at La Posada, 5900 N. Oracle Road, is serving $6 fish and chips. At the bar, $7 Jagermeister Bombs ($7), mini-margarita flights ($9) and draft green beer ($2.50).
The Wooden Nickel Tavern, 1908 S. Country Club Road, is serving specials such as corned beef and cabbage ($6.50) and Irish stew ($4) from 11 a.m. until they run out. Drink specials all day include $2 Budweiser, Bud Light and Landshark Lager, and $3 Irish Car Bombs.