Read it and eat, Dublin.
I’m excited to introduce the continuation of my food series that I started back in Chicago. Follow along as I explore the wonderful cuisine that Dublin has to offer! There’s a growing culinary scene in this city and I am here to eat as much of it as I can – shout out to my FlyeFit membership for supporting me through this journey! I may not be a professional foodie (does forcing everyone to wait until I can take the perfect Insta of our plates count nowadays?) but I do have an appreciation for taste and an affinity for finding the best ambiance in town.
Let’s bring in 2018 with some of my favorite Dublin eats!
|| Brother Hubbard
North – 153 Capel Street, D1 || South – 46 Harrington Street, D8 || €€
Brother Hubbard opened in 2012 with a mission to serve up pure, interesting food made from scratch. Their menu offers a fusion of Mediterranean and Irish fare, and nine out of ten people will tell you that this is their go-to brunch spot. Their avocado toast and poached eggs are some of the best I’ve had, and there are plenty of vegan offerings on the menu as well! Brother Hubbard caters to both Dublin’s north and south sides, with an original location sits on Capel Street and a sister location in Portobello.
|| Aungier Danger
37 Aungier St, D2 || 14 South Great George’s Street, D2 || 16 Merrion Row, D2 || €
Dublin felt the surge in doughnut popularity as several bakeries popped up across the city, selling gourmet cakes smothered in icing and topped with oreos, fruit, you name it. You can find a decent doughnut just about anywhere, but none as good as Aungier Danger. Their menu includes the likes of the Nutella, the Banoffe Autopsy, the Lemon and Popyseed, the Coffee Waffle, the HoneyFoam, and more. Pop in for a coffee and a doughnut on your way to work… or a dozen. I won’t tell.
LUNCH + DINNER EATS
9-10 South Richmond Street, D2 || €€
The food truck scene has made its way to Dublin, and you can find a collection of the best at my favorite place in town – Eatyard. Self-described as a new kind of Dublin market, you’ll find vendors selling everything from burgers and wings to the arrancini at Pasta Box. Veginity serves up plant-based fish and chips, as well as baked goods. Just Wing It has my favorite buffalo wings and chips in town. Box Burger is another classic, with unique creations like the spicy ‘hot mess’ burger. Leno’s serves sausage, Molci churros, and Arepas cornbread. Zuko’s Bakery rounds out your trip to Eatyard with something sweet, or Flip 80/20 for a vegan crepe. There’s something for everyone here in this funky yard next to the Bernard Shaw pub!
|| The Happy Pear
Greystones – Church Road, Rathdown Lower || Clondalkin – 22 Tower Road, D22 || €€
Twin brothers Dave and Steve Flynn opened The Happy Pear back in 2004 as a ‘small veg shop with a big dream’. Today, these brothers are practically household names throughout Ireland… anyone else is in love with their cookbooks? The Happy Pear is a shop that sells fresh, organic, and plant-based goods – including their eponymous products from their farm and roastery. But the main attraction is their cafe, which sells some of the most amazing vegan eats. My favorite is the Buddha Bowl – pair it with some of their homemade kombucha!
34-35 William Street S, D2 || €€
Crackbird serves up fried chicken that’s as addicting as, well, crack. Owned by Jo’Burger, Crackbird has a relaxed ambiance and some of the best food in town. Choose from half or full servings of fried chicken, or wings in a variety of seasonings served up sauces like lemon and feta or habanero. I highly recommend the garlic soy chicken! And though the chicken will fill you, don’t forget some of the amazing sides. The dirty fried rice is to die for!
|| Bunsen Burger
36 Wexford Street, D2 || 22 Essex St East, Temple Bar, D2 || 3 South Anne Street, D2 || 97 Ranelagh, D2 || €
Popularly regarded as the best burger in Dublin, Bunsen never disappoints. Straight up burgers is the name of their game, simply put. So simply, in fact, that their menu is printed on the back of a business card. You can get a black Aberdeen angus burger, fries, and milkshakes. But trust me – it’s all you need here.
|| Bubble Waffle Factory
2 Merchant’s Arch, Temple Bar, D2 || €
Once an EatYard favorite, Bubble Waffle Factory recently moved to a more prominent location in Temple Bar. They serve up egg puff waffles smothered with gelato and all the toppings of your dreams. This desert is as Insta-worthy as it is drool-inducing.
Where are some of your favorite places to eat in Dublin?