Ireland, Ireland, Ireland.... & Famous Restaurants (Part I)

So, if you've read my earlier blog or know me... you realize how long I have been planning to make a trip to Ireland. I realized it would be fitting to research some of Ireland's best restaurants and plan accordingly. The food is the best part of ANY vacation in my opinion....

So, I shall start off in Dublin County

When I think of Ireland, I think of Dublin. Its' name is derived from the Irish name Dubh Linn (meaning "black pool"). The common name for the city in modern Irish is Baile Átha Cliath (meaning "town of the hurdled ford"). Dublin is the center of Ireland's economic growth and is a historic city to say the least. Dublin has many landmarks and monuments dating back hundreds of years. One of the oldest is Dublin Castle, which was first founded as a major defensive work on the orders of King John of England in 1204. The founding of the Guinness Brewery also originated in Dublin. The Easter Rising of 1916, the War of Independence, and Irish Civil War resulted in a significant amount of physical destruction to the city. Dublin is the main hub of the country's transportation system and is a HUGE shopping district for the Irish and tourists alike.

Gallagher's Boxty House seems to be a must see while in Dublin. "Gallagher's Boxty House is the true home of traditional Irish food. Located in the heart of Temple Bar, Dublin's "left bank, we have been serving the finest Irish cuisine since 1988. Our philsophy is simple... "Bia, Caint, Ceol agus Craic!" This translates to "Food, Talk, Music and Fun!" We deliver this by serving top quality produce in a manner that emphasises the renowed Irish howpitality.

Gallagher’s Boxty House is the brainchild of Padraic Og Gallagher, a native of Mohill, County Leitrim.
While working in Venezuela in the early 1980’s, Padraic Og observed the Syrians that he worked with practising their native home-cooking, preparing pittas and koftas. It reminded him of home-cooked food that his mother used to prepare when he was a child, particularly Boxty. He vowed that when he returned to Ireland he would set up his own restaurant and share his favourite food with the people of Dublin and its visitors. True to his word, Gallagher’s Boxty House was incorporated in 1988, and opened its doors at Number 20, Temple Bar in February 1989. It became an instant success!

Bacon & Cabble Boxty ("Pancake")
Fish & Chips
Ice Cream made in Kilkenny on the Brennan brother's family farm
The "Full" Irish Breakfast
Bread & Butter Pudding (YUM!!!!)
On top of the wonderful traditional food selections, they offer a full bar and liqour selection and live music!!

Now onto the lovely Abbey Tavern...

The Abbey Tavern offers a more casual atmosphere in their old world pub and a more upscale dining experience in their Loft Bar & Grill.


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