I'm looking for great food in Ireland (casual, nicer, local specialities, we're up for whatever), but we're traveling with a 6 yr old and a 2.5 yr old. We travel quite a bit and do take them out for nice meals so they are decently behaved. But I've read that people in Ireland don't really tolerate children at restaurants and pubs (we wouldn't want to take them to pubs anyway). So that leaves me to wonder where we'll be eating on our 2.5 week trip. I won't be able to take McDonald's or chain restaurants for that long. Please help!
We'll be staying in Dublin, Kilkenny, Galway, Dingle, Belfast and visiting other places in between. We're pretty adventurous diners and love great food. We just have to bring the kids along.
Also, are there any Irish specialities that are not to be missed? An Irish friend told me that the food in Ireland wasn't that exciting. But I don't believe that there isn't even 1 thing that I need to try.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.