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Top 10 Food Spots I Love In Dublin…


Top 10 Food Spots I Love In Dublin…

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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With St Patrick’s Day fast approaching, I was delighted to be featured on one of America’s biggest food websites www.epicurious.com.  The lovely folks on the Epicurious team asked me to collate my favourite spots to eat and shop around Dublin City, and with so many great choices, it was no easy task!

If you want to read the original post have a look here or continue below to see my Top Ten Things I Love About Dublin!

1. Perfect Dublin Day: “Saturday is a great time to be in Dublin and I love spending the best part of the day there. Brunch at the Pepperpot Cafe in Powerscourt Town House, with their mismatched tea sets and epic sandwiches–Mount Callan Cheddar, Bacon, and Roast Pear being my favorite!–followed by a stroll around Grafton St. and a stop by Fallon & Byrne for some great-quality ingredients and Sheridans for the best cheese Ireland has to offer.”

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2. The Big Splurge:Chapter One. Wonderful service and incredible cooking from one of Ireland’s most widely celebrated chefs, Ross Lewis.”

3. Wallet-Friendly Meals: “One of the things I love most about the Dublin food scene is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get great-quality food. A serious sausage roll with proper Irish pork and flaky puff pastry from Lolly & Cooks in George’s Street Arcade served with a fresh salad is a great lunch. Or Skinflint in Temple Bar has a good offering of cheap and tasty dinners, and paddle-shaped pizzas with firebee [infused with chile!] honey.”

4. Caffeine Fix:3FE is hard to beat for coffee in Dublin, but I also love Brother Hubbard, whose food matches their coffee offering. They do brilliant breakfasts–I had semolina pancakes with poached rhubarb, mint, and candied nuts last time I was in. In Ireland the national drink is surprisingly not Guinness but TEA! Every Irish problem can be solved with a cup of tea and Wall & Keogh, a super little cafe, has a huge selection of tea and is a great place to try some of the best in town.”

FEAST PepperPot Cafe_305. Classic Dublin Experience: “For more traditional Irish food Hatch & Sons is a super spot for a hearty lunch of great Irish ingredients, or the Winding Stair Bookshop & Cafe and the Pig’s Ear for a dinner featuring more traditional Irish cooking.”

6. “New Dublin” Experience: “There are plenty of new restaurants popping up in Dublin but some of the great spots for food include: the Fumbally for inspired salads and sandwiches; L. Mulligan Grocer, which has a wonderful menu of creative pub food like scotch eggs and ploughman’s platters featuring many Irish artisan producers; or Crackbird, an addictive chicken joint which has a super little take on fast-food fried chicken.”

7. Cocktails: “Some of the best cocktails are at Damson Diner, with syrups made from fruits foraged from Irish hedgerows. I also love the Vintage Cocktail Club, a mysterious little spot in the heart of Temple Bar which has great old-style décor and really fab cocktails.”

FEAST Sheridans_28. Sugar Rush:Cocoa Atelier on Drury Street has some incredible macarons and a huge selection of mouthwatering chocolates. If chocolate isn’t your thing, Murphy’s has a great choice of ice creams made in Dingle–check out the Irish sea salt and brown bread ones!”

9. Hangover Rx: “A stop in Bunsen before you jump in a taxi home will help with soakage and make all the difference the next day. They serve seriously good burgers with quality Black Aberdeen Angus Beef and homemade burger buns. Beans on toast with sausages at the Cake Cafe for the morning after works just as well. Don’t skimp on a big pot of Irish tea.”

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10. Picnic Spot: “My hometown of Howth, a little fishing village north of city, is the best place to go for some great food and a beautiful picnic. You can get the DART right into the heart of village and then take your pick of seafood restaurants for some great Irish seafood chowder before heading out on the cliff walk with some of the most breathtaking views of the Baily Lighthouse and across Dublin Bay.”


Bonus: Donal’s Out-of-Town Tips
Restaurants Worth a Day Trip: “The Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet in Kilkenny has service and food that beats the band. A day trip to Newgrange is the perfect excuse–not that one is needed!–to visit the Brown Hound Bakery and Eastern Seaboard Restaurant in Drogheda. The Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna is another wonderful spot for both food and a cozy stayover. Finally, the home of Irish food at Ballymaloe House in County Cork is well worth a visit. They have a cookery school that offers day and weekend courses, and dinner in the dining room is a truly wonderful experience not complete without your choice from the dessert trolley which is wheeled around at the end of the meal.”

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What are you favourite food spots in Dublin and beyond! Leave me a comment and let me know below! :)

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  • Michael Russell

    nice choices, never been to some so interested to try them. Ever eat in metro cafe? Great breakfasts – Metro special is amazing! Lovely staff too

    • Have been to Metro loads of times- they do a great breakfast too! Used to go there a lot for meetings actually! :)

      • Michael Russell

        Bunsen also immense. If a restaurant can fit their menu on one side of a business card and still be amazing they must be doing something right :)

        • Loved our bunsen burger experience! So didn’t have room for the double decker though!

  • Lou

    A really lovely article simple and to the point, I never comment on these things but I had to say how much I enjoyed it. Well done

  • julianna

    This is making me want to book a foodie weekend in Dublin asap! I normally visit the West Coast when I’m in Ireland, absolutely love Shells Cafe in Strandhill. Had any nice food experiences in London?

    • Nearly got to Shells last year- it’s on the list! Love London- my fav spot is The Salt Yard- best tapas I’ve ever had! :)

  • David

    Great list Donal! Must pay some of them a visit again soon….

    • Cheers David! I’m sure you have plenty up your sleeve too! :)

  • French Foodie in Dublin

    Great post Donal! We have very similar tastes. Have you been to Forest Avenue yet? It’s my latest restaurant crush, I think you’d love it!

    • Sarah Maguire

      I went to Forrest Avenue last weekend, stunning food but my god do not go for the extended menu, WAY too much food, we brought doggy bags home (that was a first!) 5 course tasting menu is plenty.

      • I’m all for lots of food so thanks for the rex! :)

    • I’m dying to try it out! Hopefully in the next few weeks! Congrats on all your exciting adventures- all sounds brilliant! :)

  • Smilla

    Love Howth but never know where to eat when there-where would you recommend Donal? Like all places you mention, also the carrot cake in Noshington and lemon slice in Bibi’s (both Dub 8) and Roasted Brown in Temple Bar has a really nice vibe and good coffee for when you need to escape city centre noise :)

    • Loads of places in Howth to try! Some of my fav’s are The House, Aqua, The Oarhouse and Deep! :)

  • Colette Cunningham

    My favourite places in Drogheda are The Eastern Seaboard & Brown Hound Bakery, great photo of the very lovely Jeni, in your post, Donal. The Tower Bar & Grill in Millmount is also another go-to restaurant. Moloughney’s on Vernon Avenue, Clontarf is another of my favourites :)

    • Have heard great things about Moloughney’s- must give it a try sometime! :)

      • Colette Cunningham

        Do, I just know you will love it there :)

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  • Sarah Maguire

    Coppinger Row do a lovely “Lemon Meringue Cocktail” its beautiful and is a special on their cocktail board. Another great spot for Italian food / pasta is Baggots Hutton Wine Bar on South William Street, they have a fab Italian chef in there. For Brunch I like The Lennox near Portobello. For a real summers breakfast treat, Full Irish Breakfast with Mimosa in the sunshine outside the Dillon with the Sunday papers… oh roll on the Summer!!

    • Great suggestions there Sarah! Love coppinger row and haven’t tried a few of those other spots so will add them to my list! :)

  • Niamh O’ Neill

    I love Ard Bia in Galway …freshest of fresh produce and a stunning menu each time. Attention to detail is very special as is the care the staff take of their customers.

  • Michelle Connolly

    The signal restaurant at the station house hotel in Meath is fab.

    • Thanks for that Michelle- I’ll check it out! :)

  • Robin Reynolds

    What’s your favorite spot for fish & chips?!

  • Vanessa Waters

    I was in Dublin last summer for my cousin’s wedding. It was so much fun and the food was incredible. I’m from Montreal where we have a lot of great food but the Dublin food scene was very unique delicious food that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
    I loved the incredible skinflint the most, I bought some firebee honey and brought it home. It’s all gone but I’ll be making some more! Standouts for me was Pichet, Dunne & Crescenzi, Silk Road Cafe in the Chester Beatty Library and Queen of Tarts was pretty with the mismatched tea sets.

  • Vanessa Waters

    OH and I forgot to say my best was my day trip in Howth with my cousin just after her wedding . We took the DART, walked along the beach, said hello to a seal and ate fish and chips.

  • Julissa Gallegos

    I would love to go to Ireland one day! Its my wish! The food and people seem delightful!

  • Jean

    The Farmhouse Cafe on the Longmile Road. Its food thats locally sourced or from their farm. Totally divine!

  • Niamh O’Sullivan

    Port house South William Street – gorgeous Tapas and Port. And Wagamama for Gyoza’s!

  • Kabatiella

    You should try Green 19 in Camden St. The best fish and chips I had in Dublin, amazing pork belly and even better lamb shanks. Goats cheese and rainbow beetroot salad definitely worth trying too!

  • I visited Fallon & Byrne and 3FE when I was in Dublin with @machroi – sad it was such a rushed trip though!

  • MorganK

    Love this – I’ll have to try several of the places on here next time in Dublin which will hopefully be very soon. Thanks for sharing Donal.

  • caro

    Wuff near Smithfield and Queen of Tarts (both on cow lane and round corner from Dame Street)

  • Tara Mundow

    Jo’burger onCastle Market behind the powerscourt town centre…. yum!

  • You’ll just have to come back for another visit!

  • John Daniels

    This is perfect! I will be moving to Dublin in six months from the US and its always nice to know a few spots to hit up. What are the best bakeries in Dublin? When I move I will be looking for work ( I am a pastry Chef now) and it’s always helpful to have a head start.

    • So many fantastic bakeries to choose from! Best of luck with the big move…You’ll love it here!

    • Claire Longwill

      Bretzel Bakery on Lennox Street!

  • A nano

    What About Nick’s Coffee House in Ranelagh? To be honest, I think the coffee is even better than 3fe…

  • I was only in Dublin for a few days (I know a lot of quality Cork eateries, though) but I lucked out with an amazing spot called Juno’s Cafe. I hope it’s still there and that I can visit soon.

  • Shannon Brown

    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed all the fresh Irish fare while we were there. I had my 40th birthday dinner at the Pigs Ear. Head Chef Damien Derwin sent extra honeycomb peanut brittle home with me. We had a wonderful dining experience.

  • Michelle

    Taking this list with me in two weeks :-)

  • Oh I’m not sure about sweet shops but there are a few in the city centre for sure. Hope you have a great trip!

  • Sheila

    Coffee To Get Her, in the Bernard Shaw during the day Mon-Sat. You’ll be transported to Italy on your visit here. They do a panino like you’ve never had before in Dublin.

  • Patrick Coffey

    Garlic cheese chips from Supermacs is a stunning and unforgivable omission.

  • Mette Pedersen

    Can you recommend some nice restaurant for New Years? :)