I finally made it to Ireland, and the whole fam was there too! Shoutout to them for helping me narrow our Irish culinary endeavors to these top five.
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Where to find: F.X. Buckley, Dublin, Ireland
My family purchased this masterpiece to mark the commencement of our Irish adventure. A caramel-drowned piece of homemade Irish brown bread with homemade whipped cream set the bar very, very high for any dessert we ate in the following days.
Spoiler: we ate a lot of dessert. This was unbeatable.
Where to find: Somewhere on the Ring of Kerry
This might seem weird, but a man named Fi has quite literally has set up a tiny fudge shop out of his car. He’s parked at a lookout point right where all of the coach buses stop for pictures, so you’ll have a higher chance of finding him if you’re traveling with a tour. It’s two euro for a glorious bag of goodness, and you are permitted to sample (Both before making your choice, and after…). While all four flavors are homemade and wonderful, the Bailey’s (bottom right-hand corner of the second image) is the winner.
Where to find: Bricin, Killarney, Ireland
Meat has been folded into a giant potato pancake and my life with never be the same.
Bricin specializes in traditional Boxty. Filling options include lamb, chicken or veggies, and sometimes beef stroganoff as a special. My picture immortalized one of the last plates before they ran out of beef stroganoff for the night, so get your paws on it while you can.
Where to find: Murty Rabbit’s, Galway, Ireland
I rarely find planned dinners on tours to be much to speak of, as it’s likely someone has narrowed the menu for you, eradicating some potential choices. But when there is a Shepherd’s pie situation, there’s basically no need to consider anything else anyway. Murty Rabbit’s version is best paired with a pint of Guinness.
Where to find: Literally everywhere in Ireland
Speaking of Guinness, your friend who never hesitates to mention how much better Guinness is in Ireland is totally on to something (Read: I am now that friend).