This reclaimed grocer shop has upped the game for trendy, locally sourced food in Dublin. Hailing from Stoneybatter - which is a little off the beaten track, but entirely worth it – Mulligans offers a refreshing mix of excellent, high quality food and an impressive drinks range (in particular whiskey!) that are billed as 'victuals and libations'. The emphasis is on local produce and you can find the first name of the supplier of your burger or the people who collectively brewed your craft beer with ease. This is fast becoming one of the hottest spots to eat in town and the quality of the food ensures you aren't disappointed.
Local Expert tip: There is a brilliant table quiz hosted here on the last Sunday of every month, join in to feel part of the gang.
The Itsa family started as a single bagel purveyor in D�n Laoghaire and now includes multiple bagel caf�s, restaurants and a flourishing catering business. Run by sisters Domini and Peaches Kemp, Itsa Bagel has gone from strength to strength and centers on an ethical and wholesome approach to eating. You can often get bagels and baked goods for those with food intolerances without compromising on taste. The D�n Laoghaire branch is a favorite for those looking to grab a bite to eat before hitting the East Pier for a walk, or simply to warm up afterwards.
Salt in the seaside suburb of Monkstown is the most recent addition to the Avoca family but it prides itself on the same ideals of great, wholesome food and drink. It is the first of the Avoca franchises to be solely based around food with both a market and an excellent restaurant that serves breakfast lunch and dinner depending on which day you come. The market features a butcher, rotisserie and bakery along with other artisan products. Salt embodies the perfect neighborhood restaurant and delicatessen combo.
Recommended for Local Flavor because: A great community restaurant that showcases high quality local produce
Local Expert tip: The rotisserie chicken here is to die for and you can order ahead to pick up.
Brother Hubbard is a recent addition to trendy Capel Street and they're setting the bar high. Coffee and tea is sourced from two of the best Dublin suppliers, 3FE and Wall and Keogh and their homemade drinks including orange and lemon barley water and rose, raspberry and apple are refreshing and different. The newly opened courtyard includes an entirely edible garden and they are currently nominated for 'best scone in Ireland'. The baked goods and lunch menu are of a truly high standard and it's best to show up early in order to get the full quota of choice, you won't be disappointed.
Local Expert tip: The lemon drizzle cake here is frequently heralded as being the best thing since sliced bread.
Caviston's is located right by the source of its produce in Glasthule and its menus are influenced by exactly what is coming out of the sea that day. After 50 years in the seafood business the restaurant opened its doors in 1996 and has been at the top of the seafood game ever since. Below the restaurant sits the food emporium that offers a mixture of bakery, delicatessen, cheese mongers and organic green grocers along with providing top quality seafood and meat to take away.
Local Expert tip: If you want to drop in without having a full meal then get the necessaries for a delicious picnic and go for a walk in the lovely environs.
The Happy Pear in Greystones is run by two identical twin brothers who pride themselves on selling local, organic and seasonally produced food that tastes as good as it is for you. All the food is prepared and cooked on site in the kitchen and staff is on hand to advise customers on healthier eating habits. Combine this with a smoothie bar, fairtrade and organic tea, coffee and wine and you couldn't feel better about what you're purchasing. Coupled with the fact that this restaurant-cum-market is located in a quaint seaside town and you can see why it has become so popular.
Local Expert tip: If you have a real interest in creating healthy eating habits for yourself then have a look at the education part of their website.
Nestled in between Camden Street and Pleasants Place, The Cake Caf� is one of Dublin's hidden gems. Every aspect of this building has been thought through from the solar paneling that powers the caf� to their ethical coffee and, most importantly, their food and cakes. If you're looking to sample baked goods of the highest order, order a cake or small treats for any occasion, or simply enjoy lunch using fresh, local ingredients then this is the perfect place to slip into.
Sheridan's cheese mongers can often be seen selling their delicious wares at the Dublin markets, but they also have a shop on South Anne Street that sells cold meats and specially selected sandwiches of the highest quality alongside their regular fare. Expect special, freshly made sandwiches with mozzarella, comte, blue cheese and top-quality cheddar. Any true cheese aficionado will have to sample what Sheridan's has to offer be it for a picnic or just as a refreshment pitstop.
Local Expert tip: Sandwiches here tend to sell out early so make it down between 12 and 1pm to be sure of a delicious lunch.
Headed up by Dylan McGrath, a current host on Irish Masterchef, Rustic Stone bases itself on using 'simple techniques in order to extract the best flavor' from seasonal ingredients. One of these techniques is providing the diner with their own hot stone that works to cook the specially selected cuts of meat to their tastes. If this isn't to your liking then you can also choose to have the chef cook your steak to perfection before garnishing it with a series of delicious, yet health conscious dressings. Rustic Stone showcases the best of Irish beef and poultry in a new and interesting way.
Local Expert tip: If you don't feel confident cooking your own steak then opt not to use the stone and let the professionals do their job.