Last updated on August 16th, 2019
Irish Pubs in the Twin Cities can be found everywhere. Irish blood runs deep in this part of the country and we like to celebrate it at the local pubs. These Twin Cities Irish Pubs attract people of all nationalities and with good reason. They have some of the best music and atmosphere. And where you go to pickup a Guinness or two. The food is perfect for dinner or lunch. But Brunch? This Shakopee Brunch destination has changed my whole view of Irish Pub foods.
In all fairness, I’ve probably passed by O’Brien’s Public House 50 times in the last year. It’s always on a beautiful night, with the sun setting and people enjoying food on the patio outside. I look at it with longing. If only I could find a sitter and convince my husband to go Irish with me. Is it worthy of a date night? Usually, I’m to busy running around town and I forget about it once I get home.
Waking up after a long day of wine drinking at clink, with my kids overnight stay with Grandma ending, we needed to make the most of our time. We decided to hit up O’Brien’s in the morning for their brunch. Normally I think of an Irish Pub as more of a nighttime activity. Not anymore.
O’Brien’s Public House for the Best Shakopee Brunch
In the heart of Historic Downtown Shakopee, O’Brien’s Public House is easy to get to. It’s also really close to Canterbury Park, which was where I was staying this weekend. It is bursting with Irish Pride inside and out. They used a mix of local structural antiques and pieces from the old country. The bar back is over 150 years old from an Irish Pub in Boston. The stain glass window came all eh way across the pond too. Walking in you feel like you are in the heart of the Old Country.
The Irish Brunch
So much of Ireland’s history can be traced back to how influential the potato is. It was a side note when my husband ordered his Steak and Eggs for breakfast. As any good taste tester goes, I had to sneak a bit of his potatoes… It was then that I gave up on my dish completely and decimated his entire plate of potatoes. The creamy, buttery, smoky flavors coming from his plate were to much. I could not believe that I would ever be so in love with a potato.
We had this religious experience with everything we ordered. From the Carmel twists light fluffiness with a crunchy sweet exterior, to the smell of a morning Irish coffee. They even infused the Minnesota’s own Emma Krummy’s Apple fritter bread, dipped it in custard in topped it with cream cheese icing to make a melt in your mouth French Toast.
O’Brien’s Public House is always hosting different events throughout the year. Most Wednesday and Saturday’s this is where some of the best live music in Shakopee can be found. Check out their events calendar for full details.
The restaurant had the bar atmosphere, but it is family friendly and casual. The whole time my husband and I were there, we kept talking about how we can get back. The next family get together. My next Girls Night, or maybe we should make it a Girls Brunch instead? Anyway we do it, the food will be amazing! Thank you to the City of Shakopee for the gift card to the restaurant. It has changed our lives and maybe our waistlines.
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