Shepherd’s pie, or cottage pie as it is also known, is a popular Irish dish that was originally a way to use left over meat. It is a savory stew served with a crust of mashed potatoes on top usually made with beef or lamb. This hearty dish is a favorite and on the menu of most Irish pubs. If you are looking to enjoy a tasty shepherd’s pie in Pittsburgh, here are some great places to seek out your new favorite dish.
1828 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Piper’s Pub, in the South Side, not only has a great craft beer menu, but a menu with a wide variety of dishes from “across the pond.” Piper’s Pub’s shepherd’s pie is a beef dish made with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes. The menu also features a chicken mushroom cottage pie with a flaky pastry crust and a Guinness beef stew in a hearty bread bowl. All three dishes are sure to keep you warm and satisfied.
Mullany’s Harp & Fiddle
2329 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Mullany’s Harp & Fiddle in the strip district is a favorite among Irish food lovers in Pittsburgh. In fact, it can be difficult to find a seat in the small pub. If you are lucky enough to snag a seat, though, you can enjoy the shepherd’s pie, which is made from ground beef and vegetables topped with mashed potatoes, cheddar and onion crisps. If you prefer lamb, the restaurant also offers a Guinness lamb stew in a rich and hearty brown broth.
Sieb’s Pub and Restaurant
3382 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Sieb’s Pub and Restaurant is another favorite among pub-goers in Pittsburgh. Sieb’s menu features a shepherd’s pie of ground beef, which is simmered in Guinness beer and hearty brown sauce with carrots and peas. The pie is topped with mashed potatoes and cheddar. Also on the menu are other hearty Irish favorites such as traditional Irish stew served in a bread bowl and Guinness beef pot pie served with a light pastry crust.
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1227 Monterey St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Located in the north side near the famous Mexican War Streets, Monterey Pub brings a taste of Ireland to this section of Pittsburgh. Shepherd’s pie is, of course, on the menu with two choices. The pub style shepherd’s pie is made form ground beef and Guinness shredded beef, mixed vegetables, smashed potatoes and cheese. The pub also serves a traditional shepherd’s pie made with braised lamb roast and mixed vegetables topped with smashed potatoes and cheddar cheese. If you prefer your shepherd’s pie in sandwich form, you can also try the shepherd’s melt with braised spring lamb, caramelized onions and cheddar cheese on toasted rye bread.
Riley’s Pour House
215 E. Main St.
Carnegie, PA 15106
If you are in the south hills, Riley’s Pour House is a great place to get your Irish food fix. Offered on the menu all day is the shepherd’s pie lunch: a flaky puff pastry shell filled with ground beef, carrots and peas in a rich brown gravy topped with cheddar and traditional colcannon. This hearty dish is made even more tempting with the accompanying orange scone. Also available is traditional Irish lamb stew with carrots, peas, onions and celery in a rich brown gravy topped with freshly made colcannon.
Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.