We go to Shamrock's (also called the Irish Nook) when we have a larger group. Ted Casper and Mike Runyon also own the original The Nook which has been featured on several TV shows. When there are only two or three of us we go to The Nook, but it is too small for groups of seven or more. Shamrock's was ruled "Best Juicy & Wings" in 2010 by none other than Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Much of Shamrock's menu is identical to The Nook including the Nook's version of the Juicy Lucy called the Juicy Nookie. Shamrock's does have some some additional Irish style food such as Irish Fries consisting of waffle fries covered with corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and thousand island dressing. We tried it this trip. It sounds delicious and tastes even better than it sounds. We also tried deep fired cheese curds which were as good as any we have ever had - and we try them everywhere we can.
For the thrill seekers both The Nook and Shamrock's have the "Hot Damn Wing Challenge." Eat 14 wings covered with their signature Hot Damn sauce in 20 minutes without water or dipping sauce and receive a free t-shirt and you picture on the wall. I accomplished this feat about a year ago. It is not as bad as it is made out, but it IS hot.
This trip, in addition to cheese curds and Irish fries, our group had the St. Patrick's Day Reuben Burger (made by special order with a Juicy Nookie burger rather than a regular patty) with cole slaw on the side; the O'Patty Melt Burger with sweet potato fries, the Burger of the Month which this month was a patty with mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and a balsamic reduction, and the children had corn dog bites and fries. The women had wine and the men had tap beer. Everything was fantastic! The cole slaw had cilantro added to it which was different, but very tasty.
The only problem we had was somewhat slow (though very friendly and accommodating) service - but the place was very busy. The service is normally
This place is a must visit if you are in the St. Paul area.