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    Eddie Rockets: Retro diner.....I must be in Kansas

    by sourbugger Updated Mar 24, 2014

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    Eddie rockets is a fast food chain, but is little unusual in that it's restaurants try to capture the flavour of 1950's American Diners.

    The seats are all red leather, the menu relies heavily on Hot dogs, Burgers and Ice cream and the Juke boxes play hits from the era. At least you get a choice of some sort.

    The staff are young and enthusisatic, but unfortunately for a 'retro' restaurant the waitresses are not all 50's pin ups with roller skates and to-die-for skirts (stop getting carried away now sourbugger)

    The food is not wildly inspiring but it is clear notch above the normal fast-food outlets with good sized portions and by the looks of it good quality ingredients.

    The chain has almost twenty resturants in the Dublin area. You will also fins one or two in Galway and Limerick, and somewhat strangely, one in Gran Canaria. I think they might be poised to go worldwide soon.

    UPDATE 2014 : due to some franchise argument some of the chain are now 'rockin' joes'

    Favorite Dish: The foot-long Hot dog was a winner with me as the 'Mother of all hot-dogs' came with a generous supply of well cooked onions.

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    Gino's in Dublin: The best Italian Gelato in the city

    by hopang Updated Sep 8, 2013

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    If you feel like having some dessert after your meals, Gino's is an excellent ice cream parlour for you. Gino's has the best ice cream available in the city of Dublin. There are two Gino's icecream shops in the city of Dublin. This one we patronised as depicted on our photographs is located at Henry Street. The other Gino's is located at the busy Grafton Street. If you read their website below, it seems that their website has not been updated. It says the location at Henry Street is coming soon!

    Gino's homemade Italian Gelato is popular not only to the locals but also to foreign tourists as well. The queue to purchase italian gelato is always long as the price of icecream here is reasonable. One large scoop of small tub costs just €2.50, two scoops of regular tub costs £3.00 and the large tub with three scoops of your favourite icecream costs just €4.95. Large variety of flavours are available at Gino's such as vanilla, chocolate, ferrero rocker, fruit flavours especially strawberry, cherry and hazelnut. Our favourite icecream flavours were chocolates and fruit falvours. They also deal in pancakes, cheesecakes, fresh ground coffee and crepes. Icecream sounds good and tempting especially during the hot summer months, certainly mouth-watering when you pass by!

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    Mandarin House Restaurant, Dublin: One of the best Chinese restaurants in Dublin

    by hopang Updated Sep 8, 2013

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    Mandarin House Restaurant at Parnell Street is probably one of the best Chinese restaurants in the city of Dublin, if not the best. It serves traditional Chinese cuisines. We have read a lot from the reviews in the internet and decided to try out this Chinese restaurant and we were not disappointed at all. Although they have a vast menu serving authentic Chinese cuisines especially beef, chicken, pork, seafood mainly fish and prawns, various soups and different kinds of fried vegetables, we opted for fried noodles Singapore style and Chinese large prawns fried rice. The noodles in Ireland generally (not only from this restaurant) are really fine and tasty unlike those available in Continental Europe. The portions served in the restaurant were really tasty to our liking and the portions were really large. You better eat with an empty stomach before coming to this restaurant. The price of food is reasonably cheap, certainly worth your money. The service is quick and we did not have to wait very long for our food to arrive. We had hot Chinese tea to quench our thirst.

    The restaurant is quite small with not much fancy interior decorations compared to many other larger elegant Chinese restaurants in the city and the seating capacity can probably accommodate up to 30 diners at any one time. In our opinion we do not need a fancy restaurant to eat. The taste of the food is more important than the look. We highly recommend the Mandrain House Restaurant if you decide to have some Chinese food in the city of Dublin. Opening hours of the restaurant are between 12.00 noon and 12.00 midnight daily.

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    Advoca Café Restaurant, Powerscourt House, Wicklow: Excellent self service café restaurant

    by hopang Updated Sep 8, 2013

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    Advoca Café and Restaurant located at Powerscourt House and Garden in Wicklow County certainly serves delicious food even though it is located quite far away from the city of Dublin. When you take a day trip with a guided tour from Dublin, the tour guide cum bus driver will almost certainly bring you to this café restaurant for lunch and coffee break. Nevertheless the food certainly did not disappoint us as they were tasty and excellent. The café restaurant has wide variety of hot and cold food to choose from and we opted for hot mushroom soup with hard local bread and a plate of cold fried salmon noodles. The noodles were certainly delicious even when eating cold. There are ample seating in the cafetaria as we opted to sit outdoor with fresh air and sun shade facing the beautiful Powerscourt garden. The price of food is certainly reasonable and does not cost a fortune.

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    Bewley's Café in Dublin: A fine theatre café bar restaurant

    by hopang Updated Aug 31, 2013

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    Bewley's Café is one of the finest café/bar/restaurants in the city of Dublin. It is located somewhere in the middle along the busy Grafton Street. Second level even has a theatre with toilets at the basement. The interior of Bewley's Café has lots of lovely sculptures on the first floor as well as at the basement and is quite cosy. They serve breakfast, lunch as well as dinner. Bewley's Café is also famous for its coffee but we did not try its coffee. Opening hours of Bewley's Café are between 8.00 a.m and 10.00 p.m. daily. We had our dinner here before Riverdance show at the Gaiety Theatre nearby.

    Favorite Dish: Our favourite dish in the café is the very tasty fish and chips. This is the best fish and chips we have eaten in Europe! It doesn't cost a fortune, it costs just €12.00 per plate. The deep french fries were excellent and were not too salty compared to many chips sold in other restaurants. The fish (battered Cod) was really crispy. We understand that Leo Burdock has the best fish and chips in town and the queue can be quite long. However we did not patronise that restaurant and we were really satisfied with the fish and chips we had here.

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    Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel: Favorite of the Locals...... You know it's good!

    by Bluedawg1968 Updated May 15, 2012

    The Hibernian Hotel has a classic feel, yet with Old World charm.

    The menu includes chicken, fish, steak, lamb, and seafood. My friend, Dean highly recommends the Sheperd's Pie. Honestly, I can't remember what I had. But I do know it was good. (I didn't have a bad meal in Ireland)

    Favorite Dish: Lunch ranges from 8-15 Euros.
    Dinner 15-24 Euros.

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    The Bushmills Inn: Save your money for the distillery instead!

    by janetmt Written Jul 29, 2011

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    On the advice of my evidently not so trusty guidebook, we decided to stop in for lunch at the Bushmills Inn on our way to the Giant's Causeway. The Inn is lovely and the decor nice - if a little dark. Service was also prompt and courteous. We ordered lunch and waited for quite a bit. At the time, we didn't mind since we has discovered that in Ireland this usually meant that our meals were fresh and 'home cooked'. In this case, we were sorely disapointed. We had ordered The Bushmills Burger. Every other Irish beef experience was great. This, however, was horrible. The burger was not fresh - in fact, I've had better frozen patties from my local grocery store. The final insult is when we got the bill. Clearly, Bushmills Inn does not have a clear sense of what should constitute a burger for 11.95 pounds sterling!

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    Black Bull Inn: Fantastic atmostphere

    by janetmt Written Jul 17, 2011

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    After meeting some locals who raved about the food at the Black Bull Inn, we decided to give it a try. The Inn is located in Drogheda which is a lovely little town about 40 minutes north of Dublin. At first we thought we would be turned away since the sign outside stated that children would not be allowed past 7pm, but once we went in we were greeted by friendly staff and seated promptly. The atmosphere was lovely - the place was filled with locals which was a nice break from some of the more touristy fare in Dublin. The menus offered a huge selection and covered everything from steak to lighter fare. Though we were the only ones in the place with children, we were treated very well. Our only complaint is that the tables were a little too small to have 'sides' show up on different plates.

    Favorite Dish: While there are many jokes about the difficulty of getting a well prepared steak in Ireland, this was one place that cooked the steak perfectly. The steak sandwich is also very good.

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    Cúl Gháirdín: Best Vegetarian Restaurant

    by florry Written Jul 17, 2011

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    Cúl Gáirdín is a Wholefood Vegetarian Restaurant & Gallery. Check out the covered patio area, garden and marquee and upcoming surprise music gigs in the garden!The food is amazing, lovely Creps,Stir frys, specials, salads,cakes and more cakes.

    Favorite Dish: I love the Cúl Gáirdín Salad,its massive with loads of lovely mix of salads, hummus, etc

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  • Porterhouse pub: Porterhouse pub is the place to be

    by jld88 Updated Jul 9, 2011

    I have visited many a pub in Dublin, Ireland and by far the best is the Porterhouse. The Porterhouse is a brewery that specializes in making beers that are amazing! They also serve beers from around the world. It's a great place to meet people and they have music some nights. Just be careful of the table flames. I accidentally lit myself on fire by leaning over one! to make it worse I was flirting with someone I just met. Oh well plenty of fish in the sea.

    Favorite Dish: Oyster Beer. The Irish have a poetic soul but even Yeats could not describe the excellence of this beer.

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    Kylemore: Excellent Buffet in City Center

    by LaineBelle Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Buffets are good places, I think, to get a quick meal when I am in a hurry and usually offer more choices for the side dishes, which I really like. Kylemore is one of the two I found in Ireland that were excellent. The food was well prepared and very fresh tasting.

    Favorite Dish: Poached salmon and a huge helping of veggies, with drink cost E10.90. Very good value for very good food.

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    Fitzer's (Dawson Street location): Excellent Food, but Something Amiss

    by fmaven Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Fitzer's is an upscale treat well-located near St. Stephen's Green, Grafton St. & Temple Bar. The restaurant itself is elegant and beautiful and the crowd was fashionable and trendy. It was packed when our group of 9 went, so make sure you make a reservation.

    The menu is more "nouveau cuisine", but excellent. The service however, seemed a little cold to us. It is not a bargain, so be prepared to spend a little more here than average.

    Favorite Dish: You can't go wrong. Everything was good and I tasted other dishes as well and theirs was excellent too.

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    THE APPLE TREE: GO TO DINGLE THE PENINSULA.....

    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Mr and Mrs Garry & Eileen O'Boyle have created 2 fine places to enjoy a meal whether a breakfast, a lunch or an evening meal....

    They have called this restaurant-Sandwich Bar THE APPLE TREE because it is located at the ORCHARD LANE and yes, there are orchards....

    THE PENINSULA IS A PARADISE.....

    Favorite Dish: Dingle is the City Dingle on the Peninsula Dingle in the South West of Ireland, in County Kerry.

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    HARRINGTONS: YES, THIS IS THE PLACE I ONCE VISITED.....

    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Yes, Garry & Eileen O"Boyle are the owners of this place too!

    And they do a fine job: they have a restaurant & Snack Bar and this place: Specialised in FISH AND CHIPS...

    So fish and chips it was and I can tell you it was great!!

    Favorite Dish: You will feel at home there and enjoy whatever you order....

    Not expensive......good value....

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    Cornucopia: For Vegetarians and Food Allergetics

    by iris2002 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a great restaurant bang in the middle of Dublin, yet not very well known by tourists.

    It is a small place and full any time of day and you got to share tables ---- which is nice, for I always met some interesting people there.

    It is VEGETARIAN and the food is excellent!!!! And not expensive with many, many options to vary your menu.

    Favorite Dish: Roasted nut loaf with side salad
    and then for a carrott walnut cake and some herbal tea!

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