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Dublin lunch and dinner tips?

City Kid Sep 18, 2009 07:29 AM

My husband and I are travelling to Dubin for a week in early November. Any suggestions -- walking distance of center city, mid-priced -- for lunch and dinner would be most appreciated. We're from New York City and love to try anything, from hole-in-the-wall to white tablecloth, but are particularly interested in something we can't find at home, including great brew-pubs. Thanks!

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    DublinChow Sep 21, 2009 01:02 PM

    The Porterhouse is I think the only brew-pub in Dublin - great Oyster stout!
    The other suggestions here are good (esp Vaughans in Terenure)- do a trip to Howth or Dun laoghaire on a fine day. Also Avoca Cafe has an irish slant but trying to get something you can't find in New York will be difficult if not impossible.

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    1. re: DublinChow
      City Kid Sep 22, 2009 07:15 AM

      Great suggestions, folks, and I will definitely check them out! Thanks so much!

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      Patricko Sep 21, 2009 02:28 AM

      There are several good mid - priced options in Dublin City Centre at the moment. Check out the following and you won't be disappointed:

      Pichet ( www.pichetrestaurant.com
      )Winding Stair ( www.winding-stair.com
      )The Pig's Ear ( www.thepigsear.com
      )La Maison (www.lamaisonrestaurant.ie
      )Gruel - no webiste, casual but well prepared food on Dame St.


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      1. re: Patricko
        City Kid Sep 21, 2009 08:22 AM

        Thanks, Patricko, great suggestions and just what I need!

        1. re: City Kid
          Patricko Sep 21, 2009 08:27 AM

          Actually City Kid, the owners of La Maison also do the bar food in Vaughan's Pub in Terenure as per the link on their website. It's only a 10 minute cab ride from the city centre and is head and shoulders above most of the pub food you will find in the city centre.

        2. re: Patricko
          City Kid Nov 9, 2009 06:30 AM

          Hey, Patricko: just checking back in to thank you. We LOVED Pichet...went there for dinner twice in the week we were in Dublin: great staff and fabulous food. The Early Bird is an incredible deal. Also had a very satisfying lunch at Gruel, hearty seafood soup and delicious bread on a rainy day. Almost went to Pig's Ear, which also looked great, as did La Maison. We had a lovely dinner at Dax, which we also loved. The biggest surprise was the great food in Dublin...being NYC folks we honestly didn't expect that!

          1. re: City Kid
            Patricko Nov 10, 2009 01:06 AM

            Hye City Kid, delighted you enjoyed the food in Dublin There has been a definite upward shift in quality and value here in the last few years. I am also a big fan of Dax..nice location for a romantic dinner.

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          City Kid Sep 20, 2009 05:52 AM

          Thanks all. These sound interesting!

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            Journeyman Sep 20, 2009 01:41 AM

            A bit obvious in the sense that they pimp their location for all it's worth, but The Church (http://www.thechurch.ie/) has quite decent food. If you've never had dinner in a church, I'd go for it.

            1. zuriga1 Sep 20, 2009 01:13 AM

              There's a good, simple, Indian restaurant not too far from the city centre. It's called Khan's Balti House, and I enjoyed a good curry there a few years ago. A friend of mine who lives in Dublin often eats there and he knows his food.

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                juniper77 Sep 18, 2009 08:44 AM


                This might be a good place to start...

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                1. re: juniper77
                  City Kid Sep 19, 2009 05:35 PM

                  Thanks! Any other recommendations welcome!

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