While you're planning your green outfit for St. Patrick's Day on March 17, start the morning with a traditional full Irish Breakfast. You can get a fry-up made in the customary way at the Irish House on St. Charles Avenue, which mixes authentic Irish dishes with local style and flavor.
Chef and owner Matt Murphy began his incredible career by working in his father's restaurant in Dublin, and studied the culinary arts all over the world, eventually moving to New Orleans and working with local favorites Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme.
Matt explains his dish: "We make it exactly as you would get it in Ireland; two sunny-side up eggs, bacon rasher, Irish sausage, black and white pudding, sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomato, baked beans, and hash browns."
Fry-ups, as fried meat and vegetables cooked in one pan are commonly referred to, are loved throughout the U.K., and vary by region and available foods. Matt says, "It usually revolved around beef or seafood depending on the family's budget. We also would have the favorite starch of the Irish which is potatoes. We would have a beef stew with fresh vegetables on the side depending on what was in season at the time. Then other days fresh fish sautéed in bread crumbs or a batter of egg, milk, and flour."
At Irish House on St. Charles Avenue, the full breakfast is one of the hottest items on the menu for those looking for something authentically Irish.