Family Trip to Ireland
Our family is traveling to Ireland for eight nights. We will be in Kinsale for two nights, Kenmare for two nights, Galway for two nights and Dublin for two nights. We are adventuresome in our eating choices but don't plan to have expensive quiet dinners as we are traveling with our two teenaged boys. Any suggestions?
Absolutely loads - I frequently take US people around Ireland to eat. If you can give me an idea of your tastes and budget range for each meal, I can give you more of a head's up. Kinsale has some great seafood places,and caters to locals as much as tourists. "Fishy Fishy" is one of the best seafood restaurants in the country, and whilst not budget busting, if you visit at weekends they have a take away outlet too that do the best fish and chips- great option for the teenagers.
Kenmare can be disappointing at the budget level- lots of places with tourist menus and after 4 days there i still came away disappointed.
Galway is not my stomping ground...but Dublin, well sky's the limit...all depends the info you share...
I don't have a price point in mind but would guess less than $100 without drinks? We don't want "fine dining" as one of my children is younger and won't appreciate it but I also don't want overly hearty food as it won't appeal to me! Maybe a mix of casual and more upscale? The place in Dublin I know we plan to try is the Winding Stair?
We spent a week in Kinsale back in 2008, so any comments I make may be very out of date. The town's tourist marketing has it as the "gourmet capital of Ireland" - which may be one of the most outrageous bits of puffery I can recall. Gourmet it certainly isn't - at least not how we'd generally think of "gourmet" in modern day Europe.
That is not to say that there isnt decent enough food there. Try to avoid the places that are more overtly catering to the mainly American tourist market. There were several meals that were disappointing. The following were decent enough:
Fishy Fishy - OK. Not as good as its reputation in the guidebooks suggests.
Man Friday - good quality food, if significantly relying on 1980s style dishes and cooking
Max's - Excellent. I wish they'd move countries so I could go regularly.
I loved our breakfast at Bewley's Cafe in Dublin. Your kids will enjoy it, too, and the same goes for lunch at the Avoca restaurant. Both are right in the middle of town and not too expensive.