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Four potato dishes perfect for St. Pat's

A potato-less St. Paddy's Day? Never! Celebrate the infamous Irish staple with a hearty helping of one of Des Moines' greatest potato plates. Whether you prefer them mashed, rolled or even deep-fried, there are enough options to make even Bono happy.

The Royal Mile: Shepherd's Pie

Containing a perfect mix of ground meat, savory veggies and fluffy potatoes, this Shepherd's Pie from Royal Mile is both tasty and nostalgic in flavor. For those who have never tried it, don't let the name fool you. The Irish classic comes across more like a slice of meat-and-potato lasagna served with a side of gravy, proving it to be both filling and heartily satisfying.

Find it: 210 4th Street

Hours: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. daily

Info: 515-280-3771

Django: Duck Frites

This St. Patrick's Day, do yourself a favor: skip the French fries and opt for Django's Duck Frites, instead. The thinly sliced potatoes are deep fried in duck grease, opposed to traditional fat, making them even crispier than flimsy, regular fries. Dip and dunk the crunchy appetizer into your choice of bearnaise, harissa aioli or curry ketchup for dipping. I recommend the curry ketchup for an extra punch.

Find it: 210 10th Street

Hours: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, 4 - 11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday

Info: 515-288-0268

Tacopocolypse: Potato Poblano Tacos

The coolest taco joint in town bursts onto the potato scene with its mouthwatering Potato Poblano tacos featuring deep fried potato bites and layers of melty cheese. They're simple, delicious and a perfect alternative to any traditional Irish potato dish. The creative potatoes also make an appearance on the I Can't Believe It's Not a Breakfast burrito and the Seitan Andouille burrito.

Find it: 407 E 5th

Hours: Sunday-Monday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Info: 515-556-0571

Drake Diner: Potato Pancakes

Step aside, hash browns — there's a new breakfast potato in town. Drake's well-known diner offers up potato pancakes as a fun twist. Served in a tall stack of three or a short stack of two, the round cakes a hybrid of pancakes and traditional hash brown, but are infused with garlic and onions for an extra savory way to start your day. Sides of applesauce and sour cream come with the plate — and I doused my cakes in ketchup to blend with the garlic and onion combination. Filled with the crunchy potato goodness you crave, these breakfast cakes are definitely worth ordering.

Find it: 1111 25th St

Hours: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday

Info: 515-277-1111