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Full Irish Breakfast

Full Irish Breakfast

Many Irish begin a slow Sunday morning with a large breakfast of fried eggs, pork sausage, bacon, beans, black pudding and a fried tomato. If that’s not enough, some Irish breakfasts also feature mushrooms, hash browns and chicken liver. Find your dream Irish breakfast at any cozy pub, such as Slattery’s Bar in Dublin. 960 1280

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Dublin Coddle

Dublin Coddle

What do you get when you put carrot, onion, bacon, pork sausage and potato together? A Dublin coddle. This traditional Irish meal is a clever way to use up any leftovers, yet this homely dish always seems to taste brand new. Try the Dublin coddle in its namesake city at Gallagher’s Boxty House in Temple Bar. 960 1280

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Black Pudding

Black Pudding

This Irish delicacy isn’t to be skipped. The “pudding” is actually a blood sausage, containing pork’s blood as well as oats or barley. To find the best black pudding, venture to Ireland’s award-winning butcher McCarthy’s of Kanturk in County Cork. 960 1280

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Cabbage and Bacon

Cabbage and Bacon

Everything’s better with bacon, and that includes cabbage. This signature Irish dish will have you furrowing your brow as you wonder why you ever questioned boiled cabbage. For a nicer version of this classic, try Dublin’s the Winding Stair restaurant. 960 1280

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Guinness

Guinness

A pint of Guinness is a necessity on any trip to Ireland. Tour the world-famous Guinness Storehouse in Dublin to learn the history of the brew and the proper way to pour a pint. The top floor of the storehouse offers a breathtaking view of the city, too. 960 1280

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Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

For a no-brainer night of fun, go to an Irish pub and order delicious fish and chips — or, as Americans know it, fried fish and french fries. Fill up at the Merry Ploughboy Pub just outside of Dublin, which also has live Irish music. After a pint or 2, you and your friends will take the dance floor by storm.

 

 

 

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Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings

While many Americans think they have a stronghold on chicken wings, the Irish may do it better. Ireland’s spicy chicken wings will tickle your taste buds with absolute bliss. Snag an order from the world-famous Dublin pub Elephant & Castle. 960 1280

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Lamb

Lamb

Lamb is one of Ireland’s greatest specialties. The secret to the perfect Irish lamb chop? Guinness. Eat some of the best Guinness-glazed lamb chops of your life at O’Neill’s Bar & Restaurant in Dublin. 960 1280

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Irish Stew

Irish Stew

Every pub has its own riff on Irish stew. The basic recipe is a delectable mixture of meat, veggies and a whole lot of potatoes. The modest restaurant at O’Shea’s Hotel in Dublin has an Irish stew that will surely satisfy your taste buds. 960 1280

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Colcannon

Colcannon

This traditional Irish dish has everything you need: butter, potatoes … and a bit of kale or cabbage. The Irish take on mashed potatoes is very popular on Halloween. Dabble in some colcannon at the bar at Oliver St. John Gogarty's in Dublin. 960 1280

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