• Lisa Cope

The 10 Most Read Stories of 2019

It's been a year of endless new openings, nowhere near as many closings as predicted (although the first few months of 2020 could be interesting), and a constant build of excitement about just how good the Dublin dining scene is getting. These were our most read stories of 2019...


10) Ex-Etto Chef Opens Volpe Nera


When news broke that Etto head chef Barry Sun had left and was setting up alone in the 'burbs we knew this was going to be a big one. Despite only being published a month ago, our story on new Blackrock opening Volpe Nera is already the tenth most read of the year. Read it here.




9) Four New Dublin Openings


You guys really love a new opening. The only thing you like more is four new openings, and this late October round up with the details on Glas, Leneghan's, Woodruff and One Kinda Folk comes in at number nine. Read it here.




8) Where To Go For An Early Bird In Dublin


Clearly we all love a bargain, and our round up of the best early birds in the city (where quality doesn't decrease with price) is at number eight. Read it here.




7) Our Ultimate Guide To Brunch In Dublin


There's always time and money for brunch and good coffee, no matter what else is going on in your life, and this year we've felt particularly spoilt for choice when it comes to French toast, granola bowls and every type of eggs. In at number seven, read our ultimate guide to brunch here.



6) Where To Eat In Ranelagh And Rathmines


Our food and drink guide to south Dublin suburbs Ranelagh and Rathmines comes in at number six, and with options like Fia, Manifesto and Night Market it's fair to say anyone living in reach of here has it very good on the food front. Read it here.




5) Spitalfields Opens In The Coombe


At number five it's the 'restaurant with a pub' from the guys behind The Pig's Ear. It seemed like everyone was lying in wait for their Parker House rolls dipped in bone marrow gravy and the cock-a-leekie pie for two, and the pre-opening comparisons to London's Harwood Arms didn't hurt. Read our new opening story here.




4) The 20 Hottest Restaurants In Dublin For March


Our first hottest restaurants list was a popular one, with everyone wanting to know where's being talked about, what's being Instagrammed and who's saying what. From new openings like Grano, Gertrude and Alma, to established restaurants like Etto and Rosa Madre, our first hot list was the fourth most read story of 2019. Read it here.




3) Mamó Opens In Howth


The opening of Mamó from Jess D'Arcy (ex-Etto) and Killian Durkin (ex-Charlotte Quay) was our third most read story of 2019, with many hoping this was the restaurant the sleepy village had been waiting for. Every critic who's walked through the door so far reckons it is. Read about Mamó here.




2) Sprezzatura Brings Handmade Pasta To Dublin


The news of a handmade pasta bar where nothing cost over €10 had our readers in a serious spin, making this the second most read story of the year. Sprezzatura got off to a great start and only seems to be getting better - look out for our once over in the New Year. Read the story on Sprezzatura here.




1) The Hottest Restaurants In Dublin For May


An amazing 21,000 of you read our hottest restaurants for May list, featuring new additions Circa, Crudo and Groundstate Coffee, as well as teasers for some very exciting openings to come in the second half of the year. Read Dublin's hottest restaurants for May here.

Got any stories you'd like to see in 2020? Let us know - info@allthefood.ie.

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