We are briefly pushing pause on our “Boss Babe” month, for one short week, to bring you a small, but festive glimpse into our lives this past weekend during one of our most beloved holidays, St. Patrick’s Day! Now, in Dishin’ It’s second year celebrating our love for green beer (well, not really, more like beer in general...most beer...okay, craft beer!), we hit the streets of McAllen to find ourselves that ever so desired and elusive, pot o’gold!
Our St. Paddy’s Day adventures began at the grand opening of Live Crawfish, Brew & Q, located at the corner of Business 83 and 11th Street in McAllen, Texas. Live Crawfish challenged themselves to not just open in the peak of crawfish season, but to do so on one of the busiest bar days in the nation, which just so happened to also land on a Saturday. While Live Crawfish was at a familiar location (formerly The Orchard), it has been completely transformed and now includes an outdoor area with pool tables, darts, cornhole, plus an indoor mini-theatre and jungle gym for the kiddos to truly make this a family affair. We ordered 2 pounds of boiled crawfish with potatoes and corn on the cob, 1-pound of boiled shrimp,1 pound of jalapeno-cheese sausage, 1 pound of Boudin links, a bowl of chili & cornbread plus a small mac-n-cheese. With the exception of our requested shrimp and mac-n-cheese, we received the rest of our order right before our “hanger” completely took over.
Even though we waited over an hour for our food and certain beers ran dry, we’re definitely giving Live Crawfish another shot. Everyone there seemed to be enjoying themselves, the mud bugs were meaty as can be, our waiter had a fantastic attitude and the personal apology (plus, a free round of brews) given to us by one of the owners, helped us look forward to another visit. Customer service speaks volumes of any business.
We closed our tab and walked 500 feet over to Brickhouse where we ran into old friends and a new one, Brickhouse PIZZA. Please do not judge us on our love for pizza as we forgot to mention that we had two other friends join us during our Saturdaze at Live Crawfish, hence our “no breakfast” hunger not being completely satisfied by our initial order of food. While the green beer flowed, two hot pepperoni pizzas made their way into our bellies and prepared us for Round 2 of St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans.
After a two-minute food coma, we wrapped things up and our Designated Driver led us to a quick pit stop at one of our favorites, Bodega Tavern & Kitchen. These guys were barely beginning to decorate for the festivities, but that didn’t stop them from making us a delicious, crafted concoction. It took us longer in trying to snap a decent selfie to post on our Dishin’ It Wall than it took us to down them. Eating all that crawfish and pizza tends to make us ladies a little thirsty. (wink)
We said our goodbyes,happily trotted out the door and forged ahead toward our next location (or more like LOCO-tion), Bourbon Street Grill. The atmosphere was loud, there was a small man dressed in green leprechaun costume, running around throwing Lucky Charms at tables and the musician, Fergus, was playing an Irish acoustic set. The spirit of St. Patrick was definitely alive and well at Bourbon, not to mention we hear that this thing called March Madness was also playing on the t.v. screens. It could have been the time of day or it could have been all the friends and strangers we sang and laughed with, but “St. Paddy’s Day” cheer was overflowing!
If you’d like to check out any of our St.Paddy’s Day sites for lunch, Sunday Funday or something new to do on your weekends, check out their hours of operation and locations below:
Live Crawfish, Brew & Q
1101 W. Business 83, McAllen, TX 78501
Hours: Sunday through Friday from 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.; Saturday 11:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
Phone: (956) 534-8071
10 S. 11th Street
Hours: Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.; Saturday through Sunday 12:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
Bodega Tavern & Kitchen
2901 N. 10th Street, Suites A/B
Hours: Monday Closed; Tuesday through Thursday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Friday 11:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.; Saturday 4:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Phone: (956) 627-0482
Bourbon Street Grill
4800 N. 10th Street, McAllen, TX
Hours: Monday through Sunday 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors and Watts is the communications director for Visit McAllen. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on various locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley.