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Good food town north of Dublin

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We are headed to Ireland (from Boston) in a month or so and our trip lands us in Dublin for a few days. We are interested in exploring the land to the north of Dublin and are particularly interested in towns that have great spots to eat!

Any recommendations for quaint spots with good food (I suppose akin to Kinsale) north of Dublin would be great. Thanks!

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  1. Not far north of Dublin is Howth, a charming village on the coast. There are several seafood restaurants with excellent reputations, but the only one I have tried is Ivan's. Loved it.

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    1. re: rrems

      I have to disagree about Ivans, I've had two awful dinners there in the last twelve months and will never go back. I like Howth as a town but generally feel disappointed at the dining options available. I tend to end up in The House most times now and find the cooking to be consistently decent.
      I would also recommend Malahide as a food destination town north of Dublin. Similar to Howth, it's an affluent seaside town but has the Michelin starred Bon Apetit and it's bistro, Cafe Bon. I've eaten at both and they are very good. The main restaurant has some good deals on at the moment like their 7 course tasting menu midweek for €50.

        1. re: bgraves

          Skerries, Skerries, Skerries! Some great pubs serving great food & lots of restaurants in this beautiful village by the sea. Walk along the seafront & there are numerous places to eat, "Stoops" and "Blue" being the busiest & best!
          There are pubs playing traditional music on the seafront & lots of really nice places to stay. I stayed in "The White Houses" and my hosts could not have been any nicer to us. I really recommend it. Enjoy!!