Part of Ireland Travel Planner. When I was first started traveling to Ireland in 1984, the food was pretty basic, but the quality and diversity of Irish Cuisine has improved dramatically. Everything from Full Irish Breakfasts, to Fish & Chips, to Roasts of the Day. And you are never far from the coast on the Emerald Isle, so if you like mussels, oysters, salmon and any other kind of fresh fish you are in for a treat. There are some great fine dining restaurants as well. There are ample choices to appeal to everyone. Bon Appetit or in Irish (Taitneamh a bhaint as do chuid béile):
After those Full Irish you are probably better off skipping lunch. Though the local supermarkets usually have a deli where they make up a fresh sandwich of your choice with plenty of fixings. Though if you feel like stopping in a pub another nice lighter option is one of the creamy soups Ireland is well known for. Cream of vegetable is a standard. Though when on the coast, opting for a creamy seafood soup is a good choice.
Mussels and Oysters:
The mussels and oysters are fabulous as the small island is surrounded by the cold waters of the Atlantic
Fish & Chips:
This is many folks go to meal in Ireland. The fish is almost always fresh. Typically a light crispy batter, with tender, moist, flaky white fish inside. Cod, Haddock, or Hake are the typical choices. The chips crispy and golden brown on the outside while soft and flaky on the inside.
Click on Best Fish & Chips in Dublin for recommendations. Some of those are a bit outside of City Centre. Below are my personal favorites. The 4 in Dublin are all in City Centre so easily accessible:
Quinlans, Killarney Town
The Fish Box, Dingle Town
The Wicklow Heather, Laragh, County Wicklow
The Long Dock, Carrigaholt, County Clare
After you have had a few Fish & Chips, you will likely come to the conclusion that the Irish no how to make a proper Chip. Occasionally you will see thinner French Fries and those are good as well. Almost always fresh. That said, for those who love a good fried potato, you will be delighted by the Chips served up all over Ireland. Ideally a crispy golden brown on the outside, and a tender flaky savory inside. Try them with mayo or better yet mayo and ketchup.
Roast of the Day:
Ireland has some incredibly delicious lamb dishes but particularly delicious are lamb shanks smothered in gravy over mashed potato.
There are some excellent vegetarian restaurants in Ireland.
They really know how to serve up a great afternoon tea in Ireland. Particularly so in Dublin where there are many offerings. Best afternoon teas in Dublin.
Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage Pie:
The ultimate comfort food on a chilly, rainy day; Cottage Pie or is it Shepherd’s Pie. Ideally lamb but often mincemeat (groundbeef) in gravy and maybe some carrots and peas covered in mashed potatoes.
Click on Best Dublin Restaurants to find restaurants to your personal liking. That said, a few excellent spots in City Centre, include; The Winding Stair, Chapter One, The Pig’s Ear, and Davy Byrnes. Frankly, I need to try more of the wonderful mix of restaurants in Dublin, as I keep heading back to The Vintage Kitchen not too far from Trinity College. A fantastic dining experience. Every dish has been delicious. It is small though so be sure to make reservations a week or two ahead of time.
Don’t worry steak lovers there are plenty of restaurants offering up delicious juicy steaks:
Why not. The cold water seas around the Emerald Isle offer up some delicious fresh fish.
Brown Soda Bread:
Don’t leave Ireland without sampling the brown soda bread served at breakfast and with other meals. It is uniquely Irish, and delicious smeared with creamy Irish butter.