Donal Skehan - one of Ireland's youngest and (in my opinion) most down to earth TV chefs was featured on one of America's biggest food websites www.epicurious.com. They asked him to throw together his favourite spots to eat around Dublin City, which being MY hometown also, I thought I would share although he mentions more than ten restaurants! After all ALOT of post funeral activity in Ireland surround food!
1. "Brunch at the Pepperpot Cafe in Powerscourt Town House, with their mismatched tea sets and epic sandwiches–Mount Callan Cheddar, Bacon, and Roast Pear being my favorite!–followed by a stroll around Grafton St. and a stop by Fallon & Byrne for some great-quality ingredients and Sheridans for the best cheese Ireland has to offer."
2. "Chapter One. Wonderful service and incredible cooking from one of Ireland's most widely celebrated chefs, Ross Lewis."
3. "One of the things I love most about the Dublin food scene is that you don't have to spend a fortune to get great-quality food. A serious sausage roll with proper Irish pork and flaky puff pastry from Lolly & Cooks in George's Street Arcade served with a fresh salad is a great lunch. Or Skinflint in Temple Bar has a good offering of cheap and tasty dinners, and paddle-shaped pizzas with firebee [infused with chile!] honey."
4. "3FE is hard to beat for coffee in Dublin, but I also love Brother Hubbard, whose food matches their coffee offering. They do brilliant breakfasts–I had semolina pancakes with poached rhubarb, mint, and candied nuts last time I was in. In Ireland the national drink is surprisingly not Guinness but TEA! Every Irish problem can be solved with a cup of tea and Wall & Keogh, a super little cafe, has a huge selection of tea and is a great place to try some of the best in town."
5. "For more traditional Irish food Hatch & Sons is a super spot for a hearty lunch of great Irish ingredients, or the Winding Stair Bookshop & Cafe and the Pig's Ear for a dinner featuring more traditional Irish cooking."
6. "There are plenty of new restaurants popping up in Dublin but some of the great spots for food include: the Fumbally for inspired salads and sandwiches"
7. "L. Mulligan Grocer, which has a wonderful menu of creative pub food like scotch eggs and ploughman's platters featuring many Irish artisan producers"
8. "Crackbird - an addictive chicken joint which has a super little take on fast-food fried chicken."
9. "A stop in Bunsen who serve seriously good burgers with quality Black Aberdeen Angus Beef and homemade burger buns."
10. "My hometown of Howth, a little fishing village north of city, is the best place to go for some great food and a beautiful picnic. You can get the DART right into the heart of village and then take your pick of seafood restaurants for some great Irish seafood chowder before heading out on the cliff walk with some of the most breathtaking views of the Baily Lighthouse and across Dublin Bay."