A quick report on Ireland which doesn't seem to get much action on this board. Started in Dublin at Fitzers in Temple Bar which we went to mostly cuz it was pouring out. But it turned out surprisingly good, split a nice smoked chicken/mushroom pasta and respectable Caesar salad for about 24 euros. Some of the better service we had too, pleasant room, kinda hip.
Fish n chips at Leo Burdicks lived up to the hype, altho I still have a hard time with soggy chips/fries. About 6 euro for a good sized box of food.
Last meal was at Sufi's not far from Grafton St. More reasonably priced than many places in town but just fair chicken and lamb kebab dinners and nowhere service.
Had a great doner kebab at Momo's (?), things looked great at the Sat. outdoor market but my waffle wasn't like being in Brussels, croissants at the little supermarkets were surprisingly good. Drinks at Morrison's were good, they could turn on another light tho. On the other hand, the U2 bar Octagon just looked like a crappy hotel bar but we just walked thru quickly and maybe it's more fun to actually hang out there.
In Sligo, we stopped at your basic pizza/sub joint for an okay cheap pizza, amidst the drunks from town passed out at a table, stumbling thru w/ takeout fish n chips, etc.
Ate at the Harbour in Donegal for a very nice fish n chips dinner (12.50) where they substituted cole slaw for mushy peas which was nice. Grilled sea bass was good, very nice service, cozy place.
Was craving healthier food in Belfast and Thai Village on Burton St. (I think) provided good pad thai and spicy chicken. Grilled mussels were fair at best. The last nite was a wonderful meal at Deane's Brasserie where I got a perfect pork chop for 14.50. Had to pay for bread (3 euros) but a variety of great rolls made it worth the extra $$. People were happy with their cod, steak & chips and one other fish dish. Warm chocolate cake w/ ice cream (6) was more than enough for 2 people. Was curious about Nick's Warehouse and Cayenne but people were happy with my choice.