The Pub: Known to locals as DVT, this cozy spot in Olde (the "e" is crucial) downtown Dublin village has been around over a century - though it's only been a restaurant/tavern since the 1990s. The former post office and hardware store has a couple family-friendly dining rooms, but I prefer to belly up in the darker bar area. There, above worn-in wooden plank floors, are vintage brick, the inevitable green paint and engaging old pictures of notable Dubliners (some dating back to the Civil War era).

The Pub: Known to locals as DVT, this cozy spot in Olde (the "e" is crucial) downtown Dublin village has been around over a century - though it's only been a restaurant/tavern since the 1990s. The former post office and hardware store has a couple family-friendly dining rooms, but I prefer to belly up in the darker bar area. There, above worn-in wooden plank floors, are vintage brick, the inevitable green paint and engaging old pictures of notable Dubliners (some dating back to the Civil War era).

Corned beef delivery systems: You definitely gotta go with the crazy Irish Egg Roll. It's a big ol' fatty packed with reuben sandwich stuff. So after a crispy egg roll crunch comes a salty, meaty and pickly rush that ends in pizza-like strands of melted cheese. Bigger eaters should target the enormous Irish Casserole - sort of a mashed potato-cushioned collision between a Shepherd's Pie and a reuben.

Other grub: The Village Chowder is a must. Fortified with big cubes of ham and potato, it's a rich and spicy cheese and jalapeno soup. The meatloaf's also a good choice.

St. Patty's Day Special: DVT will be serving Corned Beef & Cabbage and Shepherd's Pie dinners this Saturday, March 12 - the day of Dublin's parade - and on the actual St. Patrick's Day.