Taste of Ireland
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 two, you and your friends will take the dance floor by storm.
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.
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.
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.
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.