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December 14, 2017

No. 5 Smoked trout and horseradish pate with pickled vegetables, lemon, caper-berries, greens and sourdough toast at the Winding Stair.      

This awesome appetizer of smoked trout spread on sourdough toast with lemon and caper-berries is one of Ireland's proud contributions to the world's smoked fish on toast tradition. T...

December 12, 2017

No. 6 Crispy-skin duck leg with colcannon and chili-roasted butternut squash at Bijou Bistro  

Chef Wayne Barren's amazing crispy-skinned duck leg is served with buttery kale colcannon and a chili-roasted butternut squash topped with toasted squash seeds. Bijou Bistro in Rathgar village is one of those unassuming little eateries in...

December 11, 2017

No. 7 Baozi Bao at Pow Bao food truck in the EATYARD  

This spectacular boa bun sandwich featured a steamed Chinese bun split open and spread with guacamole, topped with a fried egg, strips of crispy pancetta bacon and drizzled with Colnakilty black pudding mayo. It was one of many alluring food choices I sampled...

December 10, 2017

No. 8 Native Oysters at Klaw, Temple Bar  

Its always a treat to sample the classic "native" oysters, even when they are a little undersized. The marine flavor is bold and briny. There's a sea salt and mineral aroma of the tidelands and a pleasant chewy texture. Irish natives are stouter than any oyster found in North America....

December 8, 2017

No. 9 The bacon cheddar cheeseburger at Mayfield on Terenure 

A good introduction to Irish burgers, this petite sandwich has a lot going for it.  The freshly ground Irish beef, sharp cheddar and toasted bun were all spot on, but it was the superior quality of the streaky bacon that made this bacon cheeseburger exemplary. Ireland is for B...

December 7, 2017

No. 10: Batter-fried Cod at the Legendary Leo Burdock's Fish & Chips in Dublin


A huge, single chunk of fish is batter-fried until it attains a crispiness you can only imagine until you've bitten into it. The menu isn't limited to cod either--you can also order sole, haddock or ray with your chips at Leo Burdock's several...

July 5, 2017

Bars that call themselves Irish have long been popular in the United States. From hokey suburban shopping center beer joints, to elaborate reproductions of old pubs that have been transported piece by piece from the Old Country, America has its share of Irish bars. While judging their relative merits, the subject often turns to authenti...

May 28, 2017

I recently published an article on Irish BBQ over on my site ZenBBQ.com. You can read it here, or click here to check it out over on Zen BBQ.

The Pitt Bros Barbecue Test Lab is a repurposed shipping container in the incredibly hip EATYARD, a gathering spot for food trucks and other street food vendors in Dublin. Pitt Bros BBQ restaurants...

May 23, 2017

I might never have eaten chef Wayne Barren's amazing crispy-skinned duck leg served with buttery kale colcannon and a chili roasted butternut squash topped with toasted squash seeds if it hadn't been for the terrible traffic.

We were actually looking forward to dinner at Elaine Murphy’s Winding Stair, a restaurant in Dublin's city center...

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