Food & drink highlights for St. Patrick’s Day in Santa Cruz includes special flavors at The Penny Ice Creamery

Two ingredients in The Penny Ice Creamery's St. Patrick's Day Irish Coffee ice cream

Two ingredients in The Penny Ice Creamery’s St. Patrick’s Day Irish Coffee ice cream

Lots of local restaurants are offering St. Patrick’s Day specials and The Penny Ice Creamery is offering limited edition flavors for the holiday.

See my March 14 article for information on additional St. Patrick’s Day special dishes and highlights.


The Penny Ice Creamery is creating four small batches of special ice cream on Saturday, to serve on Sunday at its two main locations (Cedar St. and 41st Ave.). Co-owner Zach Davis shares that “repeat favorite Irish Coffee features a heady dose of Jameson Whiskey and ‘Buena Vista beans’ from Verve.” Shamrock is made with foraged wood sorrel; Pot of Gold has flecks of real gold; and Brown Bread is a traditional Irish ice cream recipe “bequeathed by a Penny regular.” Flavors will be available for a limited time. On Sunday The Penny will offer these four plus Tahitian Vanilla Bean, two other ice cream flavors, a seasonal fruit sorbet, and Dark Chocolate Sorbet.
913 Cedar St., Santa Cruz and 820 41st Ave. Capitola, (831) 204-2523


Capitola-based The Quail & Thistle Tea Room is serving an Irish tea and lunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The $28 cost includes items such as Stout beef stew mini-pies and corned beef reuben finger sandwiches.

911 Capitola Ave., Capitola, (831) 477-1798


Paradise Beach Grille has a Reuben with french fries or cole slaw at lunch ($14) and corned beef with cabbage, baby carrots, and fingerlings at dinner ($20). Drinks include Guinness ($3) and Jameson ($6).

215 Esplanade, Capitola, (831) 476-4900


Zelda’s is serving corned beef and cabbage for $12.95 from 12 p.m. onward. Drinks include $6 Bushmills and $5 Guinness pints.

203 Esplanade, Capitola, (831) 475-4900


New Leaf Community Markets has a special Green Plate: corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and carrots for $9.99.

Locations include 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 426-1306

The Hindquarter is offering corned beef and cabbage all day plus Guinness and Irish coffee specials.

303 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 426-7770