Ireland is having a Lion King moment. You know when Simba’s dad sits him down on Pride Rock and explains that “everything the light touches is our kingdom”? Seems that a pile of Dubs have taken it literally and seem to think it applies to the Kingdom. If you’re one of the many drivers of D-reg cars setting out for a slice of life beyond the N7 in the coming weeks, here are some of the best places to eat around Kerry's top summer destinations.
If you’re packing your vaccine passport, extended family, luggage, pets, and anxieties up for a week, Dingle is an excellent choice for some R&R. Rugged scenery, hidden beaches, and a buzzing artsy town means there’s lot to do, plenty of outdoor activities, and no shortage of independent places to eat. First make your way to Green Street.
Start with The Fish Box; the family-run restaurant serving the freshest seafood from their own trawler. The portions are huge and you’ll find classics like fish and chips (made from local Maharees potatoes, of course) plus loads of specials that change depending on what’s caught that day. Fish kebabs with homemade salsa, buffalo hake bites, prawn Thai red curry, fish spice boxes - we’ve never had a bum meal here. Currently operating take-away with some outdoor seating. Be warned that it gets busy so we’d recommend ordering online, and taking your food for a stroll to a nearby bench if you can’t secure a table. They also sell beer from neighbouring Dick Mack’s pub and brewery, and there’s a surprising number of vegetarian and vegan options for a seafood restaurant.
If eating from food trucks in the back of pubs is your thing, and it totally is ours, Mex West Dingle is tucked away behind Paddy Bawn Brosnan’s and serving tacos, nachos, brunch, and daily specials with homemade salsas and sauces. They’re on a short break but back from July 20th.
Next stop down the street is Bean in Dingle, a coffee shop that does their own roasting. Keep an eye out for sausage rolls with Anascaul black pudding, and lots of cakes and desserts. There’s a Bean in Killarney too.