dining out that won’t leave you destitute

In these hard times we live in, it can still be cheap as chips to eat out if you do your homework. Diners are spoilt for choice on bargains, deals, and good value. It is easy to get a decent, substantial meal for less than 10.

Well, that is the case in Dublin anyway. Move outside the capital, however, and it’s a very different story. “Right now, there is great value in Dublin but, despite some local gems, much of the country is lagging behind,” says Joanne Cronin, who blogs at Stitch and Bear. “I’ve had enough of dry burgers and lasagne in a room fragranced with carvery. Prices outside Dublin have sometimes brought a tear to my eye. I would love to see more variety and good value throughout the country.”

It is a common complaint with diners, bloggers, and online commenters: why, outside of Ireland’s main cities, are restaurateurs not stepping up to the mark? The dearth of cheap eats outside Dublin illustrates the story of two Irelands. Outside the capital, there is a lack of competition in a struggling restaurant market, with value often limited to early birds and not so special lunch specials.

So where is Dublin’s best value? And should everyone else just stay at home?

Two distinct parts of Dublin city have emerged as the best spots to eat for less. One of these is the area that stretches from Capel Street to Parnell Street and includes Moore Street.

The range of cheap eats on the southside is smaller, and concentrated around the Camden and Wexford Street area. Green 19, where all mains cost 10, kicked it all off. Cafe Sofia, an old fashioned and friendly restaurant at the corner of Wexford Street, does great value breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for less than 10; you won’t find a better breakfast in the city.

Neon’s take on cheap jerseys Asian street food is a casual dining experience beloved of adults and kids alike, with free whipped ice cream for dessert. Bunsen’s take on the burger is a considered response to the “gourmet burger” phenomenon: their menu consists of burger, cheeseburger, fries, milkshake, and soda, and you’ll pay about 10 for a burger and chips. Camden Rotisserie does a succulent and delicious chicken dinner for about 10.

There are many other gems in the city, including Bison Bar’s substantial barbecued meat sandwich for 5 (Wellington Quay), and Indie Dhaba, an excellent value bar and restaurant serving small plates of Indian food.

Another tasty way to eat on the cheap in Dublin is to go to the deli counter in Fallon Byrne on Dublin’s Exchequer Street, and pick up a plate of hot food with salads. It won’t cost you any more than 10. Some towns are better than others. Athlone has good value, with The Left Bank Bistro and The Mill among local favourites.

In the thriving city of Derry, Pyke’n'Pommes street food is generating significant buzz. Brown’s in Town, widely regarded as Derry’s best restaurant, has a highly recommended early bird and Sunday lunch for 19.95. Also, check out Guapo’s much loved 12 inch burritos for 3.50.

Burritos have proven to be an extraordinarily popular fast food option all around Ireland, and Limerick’s new Badass Burritos bar has won over many locals.

In Kilkenny, Key Largo is far from fine dining, but it’s a favoured option in a city that is quite short of cheap dining options, with a two course early bird for 10.

In Tipperary, Cashel has a gem in its rock solid reliable Indian restaurant, Rajput, where dinner and drinks cost less than 20; the flavours are layered, subtle and surprising.

In the west, Sol Rio in Westport has a fantastic set menu with astonishingly good value food: with two courses for 21.95 or three for 25.95.

Lastly, Galway has a good choice of restaurants. com looks at Dublin eateries that provide good value, and so far has included about 55 places.

“People can be nervous of cheap food, often associating low price with poor quality, but I’ve been astonished by the value, quality and variety of food available for my fiver,” says Meredith. “For innovative fresh salads that make you feel healthy, try Staple Foods at Merchant’s Arch. For dosa, uttapam and biryani, try Madina on Mary Street. For generous quantities of Chinese food, try the Oriental Emporium on Abbey Street. For pizza, chips and a can: Star Pizza on Talbot Street. For fun, enthusiastic Venezuelan servers, go to El Arepazo at Merchant’s Arch.

“For under 10, you can enjoy a large bowl of soul warming pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) at Pho Viet on Parnell Street. Or walk a few minutes into the shadow of the Pro Cathedral, where you will find a warm, welcome and pocket friendly genuine Chinese food at M Sichuan. “The past few years have seen better value in casual dining, especially in Dublin where I’m based, though I’d still love http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ to see more diverse sandwich options, like proper Vietnamese banh mi.

“Vintage Kitchen on Poolbeg Street is my latest favourite for value, at 25 for two classy courses, with a bring your own wine policy with no corkage charge. He has a few local favourites.

“At Cafe Gusto, Washington Street, six Cicchetti (Italian tapas), two main courses (from a large choice) and two glasses of good wine costs 30 for two, Thursday to Saturday. At the House Cafe in the Opera House, typical fare includes Ballyhoura wild mushrooms with free range egg in a delicious omelette for 8.50. Small plate menus are increasingly popular. Jacques, in the city, and the Greenroom at Sage in Midleton are also worth a call.”.

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