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Where to go for your St. Patrick’s Day corned beef sandwich around here

You may not normally eat a ton of corned beef, but if there was ever a day to go for it, this is the day. So what are the go-to spots around Puget Sound for the authentic sandwich (or corned beef and cabbage platter) that’ll make your St. Paddy’s Day perfect? Here are a couple of great lists:

Last fall, the Seattle Times ran down a few strong contenders in Seattle and Bellevue; check out that list here.

And Yelp has a pretty good list of 10 places for epic corned beef sandwiches, too, right here.

Topping both lists, you’ll notice a spot called Market House Meats, on the edge of downtown Seattle in the Denny Triangle on Howell between Boren and Minor. Not to take anything away from the other places on these lists, but I can personally vouch for Market House — I used to work in the high-rise across the street, and this family-owned place is the real deal. (You’d have to be if you splash CORNED BEEF across the front of your store in giant red letters!)

From the Seattle Times article:

Brined for anywhere from 10 to 14 days, the beef here is then roasted for 4½ hours. The thick-cut Franz marble rye struggles to hold up to the meat — which, when served in the warm-sandwich option, is finished on the griddle — but it’s a more than tolerable situation considering the flavor.

It’s definitely not fancy — more of a take-out meat counter than restaurant. But they do incredible corned beef, and pastrami, and Philly steak sandwiches, the ingredients are top-notch, the bread is perfect . . . . I guarantee there’s a line around the corner at lunchtime today. Market House has been in business since 1948, and they’re so old school, they don’t even have a website. Just Google Market House corned beef and you’ll find them.

My advice: Get in line, take it to go, bring it home and wash it down with a nice cold beer.

Enjoy! And if you’d like to add your favorite corned beef spot to the list, join the conversation on our Facebook page.

About John Fisher

John is a Midwest native who started his Northwest radio career in 1992 after moving to Seattle from Chicago. He’s an avid cyclist, painter, traveler, foodie, and dog lover (Hazel and Gizmo, both shelter dogs.) He’s worked with various animal organizations including PAWS, Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Animal Shelter. John got a late start on fatherhood – he and his wife have a 5-year-old son named Dawson who already has a crush on Katy Perry.