As you’re getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day, you might want to plan a brunch with friends. Of course, you’ll want to have all of the Irish favorites on the menu, and no Irish brunch is complete without a loaf of soda bread. This savory and sweet concoction is available at several pubs and bakeries around Atlanta. We’ve chosen a few of our favorite spots where you can satisfy your craving this month.
Meehan’s Public House
227 Sandy Springs Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30328
(404) 843-8058
www.meehanssandysprings.com

With five locations around Atlanta, chances are you’ve found yourself at a Meehan’s Pub at some point in your life. Of course, this local staple provides a side order of Irish soda bread for just $3. There are also traditional dishes like Irish Banges & Mash and Shepherd’s Pie for a savory lunch or dinner. Meehan’s is a great spot to settle in for an afternoon of hanging out with friends, but expect it to be packed to the gills on St. Patty’s Day.

Ri Ra Irish Pub
1080 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 477-1700
www.rira.com

If you’re looking for an Irish pub in Midtown Atlanta, you will find the biggest party any night of the week at Ri Ra. On Saturdays and Sundays, the pub serves a corned beef dinner for only $15 that will whet your craving for Irish cuisine. Of course, this dinner comes with freshly baked Irish soda bread. You can also find the very Irish Banger Bites on the menu, which are Irish pork sausages wrapped in puff pastry and served with Guinness ketchup.

Murphy’s
997 Virginia Ave. NE
Atlanta, 30306
(404) 872-0904
www.murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com

Virginia Highland is a cute and hip neighborhood in town in Atlanta, with plenty of options for shopping and restaurants. Murphy’s is right in the center of things and has a menu that combines Irish fare like corned beef hash with traditional Southern favorites like shrimp and cheddar grits. You won’t want to miss the Irish scones if you are a fan of soda bread. It’s a step above the standard pub fare, and there is valet parking, which is key in this busy part of town.

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Johnnie MacCracken’s
15 Atlanta Street SE
Marietta, GA 30060
(678) 290-6641
www.johnniemaccrackens.com

This pub’s motto is “Here before you were born,” as they are proud of their status as one of the oldest pubs in Georgia. You’ll find all of your Irish favorites here, including soda bread, naturally. Save room for dessert, as you’ll be tempted by the Guinness beer vanilla ice cream float or the homemade Bailey’s cheesecake. Try one of the sandwiches, like the “Dublin Lawyer” or the “Irish Po-Boy,” or settle in for a full Irish breakfast. Whatever you get, you won’t go home hungry!

Alon’s
1394 North Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 872-6000
www.alons.com

When you think of bakeries in Atlanta, one of the first places that comes to mind is Alon’s. Whatever your culinary preferences, Alon’s will have something fresh and delicious to please you, and it’s a great place to pick up something for the hostess on the way to a dinner party. Around St. Patrick’s Day they will be sure to have loaves of soda bread as delicious as any you’ll find in Atlanta. You never leave Alon’s empty-handed.

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Keely Herrick is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com. “