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In time for St. Patrick’s Day, a puro San Antonio Irish stew

March 13, 2019

Green beer, shamrock decorations and all the other celebratory trappings of St. Patrick’s Day are upon us. So what’s to eat?

Head over to Luther’s Cafe at 1503 N. Main Ave. in the Tobin Hill neighborhood. Luther’s has been part of the city’s dining landscape since 1949, and is well known for an outstanding bowl of chili. They also have a rich and savory Irish stew on the menu. We’re talking pure comfort stuff here, tender chunks of beef, carrots and potatoes.

Now, because San Antonio is San Antonio, the kitchen at Luther’s has found a way to make these two dishes into a remarkably puro experience. Order the House Made Red Top — it’ll set you back $8.50 — and relish what arrives at your table: a bowl of that hearty Irish stew topped with a chunky ribbon of glorious chili, then garnished with a few tortilla chips.

It’s a marriage of unlikely partners, but one that works thanks to a harmonious and hearty rhythm of big beefy flavor that beats through both bowls.

Yes, it’s ridiculous. But it’s about as San Antonio of a way to celebrate St. Pat’s you’re going to find.

Paul Stephen is a food and drink reporter and restaurant critic in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | pstephen@express-news.net | Twitter: @pjbites | Instagram: @pjstephen