Irish soda bread was created more than a century ago when the bread was made with baking soda rather than yeast, and it just may be the secret to the luck of the Irish. For a limited time in the weeks before St. Patrick’s Day, you will feel lucky too. Find the right Irish soda bread, and you will feel as if you’ve discovered a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s the perfect blend of salty, caraway or rye with a slightly sweet flavor of raisins or cherries in a dense, round loaf, and the fluffy texture surrounded by a bit of crunchy crust makes it an amazing treat for St. Patrick’s Day. Like a family recipe passed down from generation to generation, every recipe varies a bit, so try the best Irish soda bread in the area at these five locations.
Lubeley’s Bakery And Deli
7815 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 961-7160

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, break out everything green, breads shaped like snakes and rainbow cookies, and don’t forget the Irish soda bread. For more than 70 years, locals have enjoyed the baked goodies that Lubeley’s Bakery offers. The bakery specializes in tortes, Danish baked goods and cakes. During special occasions and holidays, things get even sweeter and traditional with a pie-pan shaped Irish soda bread that began with a recipe from a loyal customer who had come from Ireland and wanted a taste of his home country.

McArthur’s Bakery
3055 Lemay Ferry Road
St. Louis, MO 63125
(314) 894-0900

This family-owned bakery has been a part of the area for more than 25 years, providing cakes for weddings and treats for special occasions and holidays. When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, there is no exception, with the bakery offering green glazed cupcakes, grasshopper cake, snake glazed donuts and, of course, Irish soda bread. Enjoy handcrafted bread that is baked using fine flour, rye and caraway. Before it is baked, they blend in golden raisins to create a perfect blend of sweet and salty delight.

5700 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 361-7313

Located atop the Missouri History Museum, this hot spot for weekday lunches and weekend brunch also provides excellent views of Forest Park. When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, the restaurant is bustling with a special Irish touch. During Sundays in March, Bixby’s serves a special corned beef brunch packed with Irish touches. Irish soda bread is among the delights, along with a host of other delectable desserts and green items.

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Helfer’s Pastries And Deli Cafe
380 Saint Ferdinand St.
Florissant, MO 63031
(314) 837-6050

Husband and wife owned and a part of the St. Louis area for more than 30 years, this Florissant bakery and cafe delivers sweet treats and food to the delight of locals. When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, buttermilk is the secret ingredient that gives this bakery’s Irish soda bread its rich flavor and moist texture. In traditional style, caraway seeds and raisins are added to the dough. The loaf is then sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar to add even more flavor.

The Scottish Arms
8 Sarah St.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 535-0551

Welcome to the only proper Scottish pub in the Central West End where friends gather to eat, watch sports and, if the weather is nice, enjoy the patio. It may be Scottish and not officially Irish, but they still know how to make soda bread. Order it as a side with the Guiness stew, and you will never miss the corned beef and cabbage. Their menu sources from local farms, and they offer a thousand welcomes to all who visit.

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