Out of all the luxuries in life, I think that food is my favorite. So of course that’s what I am interested in when I am visiting a new place. The first time I ever “visited” Ireland, I just stopped in the Dublin airport on the way to France, but I remember my breakfast being super yummy. So while I was visiting for real, I wanted to make sure that I found the best places to eat in Ireland!
The food in Ireland did not let me down, and the restaurants I listed below serve the best of the best. Get ready for lots of “best I’ve ever had”s.
Breakfast: Barnabrow House (East Cork)
Breakfast is my favorite meal, and breakfast in Ireland usually features all of my most favorite breakfast foods. And don’t even get me started on the fresh squeezed orange juice.
At breakfast, they had a buffet which included various cereals, a fruit salad, yogurts which were literally made at a dairy down the street, and more. They also served toast and tea and coffee of course, and you could order an entree of your choice.
I ordered blueberry pancakes because a) I’m a gringo, and b) all the other options had meat. They were super delicious and also the perfect portion size. My mom got the Eggs Benedict and said it was the best she had ever had in her life.
And I almost forgot to mention the view! From the tall windows encircling the dining room, you can watch the bright morning sun light up the rolling countryside.
Lunch: Brew Bros (Limerick)
This restaurant was not at all what I was expecting. “Brew Bros” makes it seem like a restaurant designed for bachelors and guys with beards, but as soon as we walked inside, I realized that this was not the case. The restaurant was actually kind of fancy.
Not white table cloth fancy, but it was pretty upscale.
The menu was just your classic Irish lunch menu, but compared to everywhere else we had eaten, this menu was executed to perfection.
This restaurant actually just opened up a year ago, and they have multiple locations, so definitely be sure to support Brew Bros on your trip to Ireland!
Dinner: Farmgate (Midleton)
We actually went to Farmgate our first evening in Ireland. This one is white table cloth fancy. We were super under-dressed after a day of travelling, so the staff hid us in the back room.
The only downside to this restaurant was limited vegetarian options (seems to be a trend in Ireland). However, the taste of said limited options completely made up for it. The goat cheese appetizer was one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth in my entire life. Period.
Ireland has really good dairy products in general (Irish butter, anyone?) Wait a minute. Scratch that. Do goat products even count as dairy products? Anyway, you know what I mean. For the rest of my life, I am going to be comparing all the goat cheese I eat to that goat cheese.
Since it was our first night in Ireland, we hadn’t even gotten any Euros yet. This restaurant uses the little handheld credit card readers, so we were not given the opportunity to tip by card.
We left a twenty U.S. dollar bill on the table. I still feel kind of bad about this because this poor man (who was the nicest waiter ever by the way) is going to have to go through a lot of trouble just to get his tip. But it’s a pretty funny story.
Dessert: Offbeat Donut Co. (Dublin)
As we all know, I have a bad sweet tooth, and I luuuve dessert, so I couldn’t make a list of the best places to eat in Ireland and not include a place to get dessert!
On one of our hikes, for some reason, I had an instantaneous craving for doughnuts! I gasped and told my brother I needed a doughnut A$AP. Luckily, I was able to get one (and a half..heh) by the end of our trip.
When we were in Dublin seemed like the time we would be most likely to find a doughnut shop (the Irish don’t seem to be too fond of doughnuts, so they don’t have anything like Dunkin). While visiting Trinity College, I searched on Google Maps for doughnuts.
There were two shops equidistant from where I was standing! My brother will tell you that in this case, the key is to go off reviews. 4.7 stars, how could you go wrong? So we chose Offbeat Donut Co.
And the reviews were right! Best doughnuts I’ve ever had, I swear. I tried the S’mores flavor, the apple crumble flavor, and of course a classic sprinkle doughnut. Oh my god, my mouth is watering just looking at a picture of them.
Offbeat has many other locations, so you have no excuses (besides a diet plan, but what kind of excuse is that??)