This could very well be my favorite blog post of all time, not that I play favorites or anything...but it's all about the best food I had in Ireland and THAT is something to celebrate ;) Check out that picture though...three different types of potatoes with one meal? Have I mentioned that I like Ireland kind of a lot?
Let me start by saying that every BnB I stayed at has incredible breakfast. The scones...uh, yeah. They're amazing. As I mentioned in my last post, Ireland is known for its butter, so combine the two and you really can't go wrong. A couple breakfast tips in case you haven't been...bacon to the Irish is actually small round pieces of ham. Also, they often serve a half of a cooked tomato, which I find very random. Just so you aren't surprised ;)
We went into the Cork city centre for a day to check it out, and ended up in the English Market. Essentially right in the middle of the city they have a whole market dedicated to farmers of the surrounding countryside selling their wares. Upstairs though, that is where the magic happens. There is a cafe that uses only fresh ingredients from the market below. I ordered the traditional Irish stew (made with lamb and potatoes,) and it was seriously incredible. While you're there, be sure and check out the candies, honey, jams and jellies below...they make great souvenirs!
I mentioned Kinsale in my last post, and y'all, the food there is seriously incredible. Our first night in town, we ate at a restaurant called The White House, which is known for their fresh seafood, and live music. If you go, I suggest the seafood pancake...but I hear everything is good. It is also an inn, so if you want to be super close to super yummy food, might be worth the stay!
The second place that I would not miss in Kinsale is called, Bruno's Italian Eatery. The place is owned by an Italian couple that really know how to cook...like most Italians I guess ;) I would recommend reservations as it is small, and very popular.
There are about a million small cafes all across Ireland, and I would recommend pretty much all of them honestly. But if you make it to Galway, they hold a little outdoor market, where Boychik donuts sets up a tent. They are worth the line that will surely be gathered. It's a one man show, where he makes, fries, puts on toppings, and bags them up right in front of you. I guess I've never had a bad donut, but these are some pretty dang good ones.
Last but definitely not least...Dublin. Dublin is a veritable mecca of yummy food. But if you could only go to one place, I would recommend Boxty. It is located in the touristy area of Temple Bar, but it features a traditional Irish dish called "boxty." Essentially, it's a potato pancake. This particular restaurant uses them in all different types of dishes, as well as selling the mix if you want to try your hand at making them at home.
I know this only scratches the surface...but I need to stop now because my mouth is watering. Planning your trip to Ireland yet? I am :)