Oysters on the Half Shell, Dressed

Every Irish tasting menu seems to include a raw oyster or two for each diner. The oysters are uniformly of that ever-so-dainty size that slide easily into the mouth in one bite. What’s unique are the inventive toppings that adorn the half shell these days. It might be as simple…

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My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2021 #1

#1: The Porterhouse for Two at F.X. Buckley in Dublin- The menu at F.X. Buckley Steakhouse on Pembroke St. in Dublin is extensive. But if there are two of you, let me recommend the porterhouse. It’s an oversize T-bone with filet on one side and New York strip on the other….

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My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2021 #3

#3: Monkfish and broad beans in morel sauce at Suesy Street in Dublin These sensationally tender, impossibly juicy medallions of grilled monkfish wrapped in crispy Iberico ham were served over firm fresh broad beans and asparagus tips in a creamy morel mushroom sauce. What a dish! It was that amazing…

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My Top 10 Dishes of 2021 #5

#5 Korean Pork Pizza at Dough Brothers in Galway- The weirdly wonderful “Pork Ji Sung” pizza at Dough Brothers Pizzeria in Galway is topped with Korean-style hot & sour pork, roasted soy & sesame kale, pickled ginger, and Japanese togarashi chiles and is best eaten with a cold lager. I’m guessing…

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My Top 10 Dishes of 2021 #6

#6: Wild at the Cave’s Pork Belly Salad- After a rousing 18 holes at Doolin Pitch & Putt, my golf chums and I went looking for lunch at Doolin Cave, a local tourist attraction. As I was looking over the cafe menu of toasties, snacks and sandwiches, one entree, the…

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My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2021 #7

#7: Alsatian Flammekueche from the Chez Louise pizza truck in Kilfenora- Last year, at #7 in the 2020 Top 10 Irish Dishes countdown, we had the Pizza Royal with ham, mushrooms and caramelized onions from the Chez Louise pizza truck. This year, at #7 in the countdown, we have another…

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My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2021 #10

#10: The Ulster Fry at Rostrevor Inn in County Down- Breakfast is included in the room rate at the Rostrevor Inn and I’ve enjoyed this stellar fry-up on several occasions. Although it’s listed on the menu as the Full Irish Breakfast, my friend Joe Shea who lives in these parts,…

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F.X. Buckley: The Dublin Steakhouse

  Call me a meat junkie, but there’s something about a restaurant attached to a butcher shop that makes my heart race. I have come across quite a few butcher shops with steakhouses in my travels. F.X. Buckley Victualler & Grocer on Pembroke St in Central Dublin is a brilliant…

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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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