Ok, so we were only in Dublin for a week so we are hardly experts on where to eat. However, we do have a few places that we quite enjoyed that we would like to mention. On our first day in the city, we actually found two restaurants that we quite liked--one in Temple Bar and one closer to our hotel near St. Stephen's Green. Isn't amazing when you find success right away?
During our first afternoon in Dublin, we were still getting our bearings and we ended up asking around for a place where we could have great Irish fare. Oliver St. John Gogarty's is right in Temple Bar so a very touristy area but was recommended by locals. Even though the pub is right within the tourist thoroughfare, we felt that the food was overall delicious and plentiful. We loved Oliver St. John Gogarty so much that we came back at the end of our visit for a dinner. We had a vegetable soup, farmhouse sausages and a platter of Irish cheeses for lunch. (I know, not the healthiest but we definitely made up in the vegetation area later.) We enjoyed everything but I have to say that the sausages were among the best I have ever had--which says a lot because I normally do not eat them. Our lunch was in the the pub which has a lively ambiance and live music later in the day.
|The restaurant at Oliver St. John Gogarty|
|Quite the atmosphere at Foley's!|
|The delicious stew platter at Gallagher's.|
|Chicken and Smoked Bacon Boxty at Gallagher's|
Sweet Treats in Dublin
Of course, we did have to satisfy our sweet cravings while in Ireland so a trip to the ice cream shop was in order! On another recommendation, we indulged at Murphy's Ice Cream. From our very initial taste, we could tell that Murphy's is expertly handcrafted. Truly premium ice cream! Murphy's is handcrafted in Dingle of all natural ingredients and you can tell! We tried the Dingle Sea Salt and the Chocolate Chip. Both were quite enjoyable but the Dingle Sea Salt was outstanding!
I previously wrote about Queen of Tarts where you can have a spot of tea and a scone or any one of their delectable pastries. We also enjoyed KC Peaches which had the most amazing caramel square that we have ever had! However, I must admit that it was super-sweet so splitting it was a must! Butler's Chocolate is a great place to pick up chocolate made in Ireland, so not only a great option for a treat while there but also for a little something to bring home.
|A delightful raspberry scone at Queen of Tarts.|
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