As one of the signature dishes of the British Isles, it’s no surprise when eaters crave shepherd’s pie the week of St. Patrick’s Day. Originally known as "cottage pie," this dish bakes meat (usually lamb or beef), vegetables, and gravy inside a golden mashed potato crust.
Natives to the British Isles, as well as highly informed diners, know that a true shepherd’s pie must contain lamb, since shepherds tend to sheep. But here on this side of the pond, shepherd’s pie and cottage pie have become practically interchangeable. They're both synonymous with baked layers of meat, vegetables, and potatoes – which is never a bad thing.
Fortunately for diners who also double as St. Paddy’s Day enthusiasts, D.C. is bursting with opportunities to eat this dish. While guzzling green beer and Irish whiskey with the lads and lassies, flock to one of these 18 spots for a hearty helping of shepherd’s pie.Read More