Culinary Tourism in Ireland

When an American couple came to visit us in the Burren last week, we asked them which of the local sights they wanted to see. Castles, dolmens, and hiking trails ranked lower on their wish list than the local seafood. First, they made reservations at Linnanne’s Lobster Bar and Moran’s…

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Dough Brothers: Best Pizza in Ireland

My passionate search for great pizza had already taken me across America, through much of Italy, and to Buenos Aires, Argentina and Punta Del Este, Uruguay by 1999. It was in that year that I did a controversial opinion piece about the Best Pizza in the World on America’s National…

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Eire-Mex is Catching On

Put the familiar eggs, sausage, beans and black pudding from a “full Irish breakfast” on a corn tortilla and you’ve got Bia Cantina’s “Bricfeasta Tacos” (There’s also a vegetarian version.) I loved the breakfast taco and the three Mexican-style salsas I got with it. The mild salsa was a guacamole,…

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Rostrevor Innkeeper: Seth Linder

Hotel guests are invited to enjoy the amazing Full Irish Breakfast that’s served in the dining room of the Rostrevor Inn in County Down, Northern Ireland every morning. It includes the customary fried egg, rashers of bacon, sausages, black pudding, beans, tomato, mushrooms and toast, along with a square sort…

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My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2020 #2

The Seafood Sharing Platter at the Seafood Cafe by Niall Sabongi is a spectaular array of cold seafood including prawns, scallops, oysters and brown crab with sauces and condiments. Though intended to feed a group, I could easily eat the whole thing myself. The cafe also features several exotic Bloody…

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My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2020 #3

The luscious Lobster Salad starter at the Guinea Pig Restaurant features a half lobster split in half and served with an herbal green froth and sprigs of dill. The Guinea Pig is located in the swanky Dalkey neighborhood outside of Dublin, an area blessed with a gorgeous shoreline and picture-perfect…

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My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2020 #4

Scallops in brown butter at Barrtra Seafood in Lahinch are very fresh and gently cooked shellfish in a minimal sauce that lets the succulent flavor shine through. The scallops were preceded by a starter of squid seasoned with chile and lime. This charming little seafood restaurant is perched on a…

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My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2020 #5

The Grilled Monkfish in Tomato Coulis at Out of the Blues Seafood in Dingle is fine plate of fish. The lovely bouillabaisse we had for a starter tipped us off that a French chef was presiding over the pots and pans in the kitchen of this waterfront seafood spot. There…

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