Ireland Eats - From Doolin to Dublin
My husband and I are heading to Ireland in a few weeks. We will land at Shannon and rent a car for the week. Our first stop is Doolin, and then we're on to Dingle, Killarney, maybe Cork and/or Kinsale and we'll end up in Dublin (where we will give up our car).
So we're looking for a little bit of everything in each of these places (minus a few breakfasts, because we'll be staying in b&bs along the way): the best coffee, a romantic dinner, delicious cheap eats, the best pubs around, etc.
I posted a similiar question months ago with little to no response. However, by searching previous postings, I was able to come up with a few gems. In Dublin, I suggest Thorntons, St. Stephens Green. In Kinsale, Max's or The Spaniard. If in Cork, The English Market is not to be missed. Enjoy yourself.
Yes, a search for Cork and also Kinsale will bring up several recent posts. Not sure about the other areas.
Cafe Blue at the Blue Haven Hotel in Kinsale. In Cork, Cafe Paradiso is great - wonderful vegetarian fare.
We just got back from Doolin and Dublin with an extra stop in Mallow....In Dublin there is every option under the sun. We really liked the Porterhouse in Temple Bar, great cocktails, beer bar food. Also a great find for lunch was Gruel - across from Dublin Castle.
In Doolin - there are very few options. It is a very small town - but a great spot to be. The best food we found was Gos O'Connor's pub on the main road in Old Doolin. I don't recall the name of the place - but there is an white table cloth seafood place in Doolin - it is one of the only 4 places to eat - it is way over priced and not worth it at all.
I am in Cork right now. Last night we dined at the Ivory Tower. The decor is a bit odd, slightly shabby, but the food was memorable. Really interesting dishes, some seasonal game dishes, generous portions, a very serious chef. Reasonably priced wines. I would highly recommend it. Today we drove the ring of Kerry, stopping in Killarney for lunch. There may be more options for dinner than for Sunday lunch, but we ended up at Ross Hotel where they serve lunch in the bar. Food was quite good, if not exciting, reasonably priced. Tonight's dinner was a delight. We went to the Mustard Seed in Ballingarry, south of Limerick and not too far from Killarney. It is a beautiful country house, the food is at a very high level and the service is friendly yet polished. I chose it because the better restaurants in Cork are closed on Sundays. It is a reasonable trip from Killarney, and it took us about an hour to get back to Cork. For us it was well worth the trip.