Posts Tagged ‘Dublin’

IMG_7986April 2014

I am pretty foolish. Visiting another country should make me want to try the local cuisine – experience a sample of what residents crave. I felt like I was not being respectful when I visited Ireland in April, skipping over the menu items such as fish and chips or the bangers and mash.

My mind was set on one thing: 100% Irish beef.

And rightfully so. Some of the burgers I saw floating out of kitchens in Dublin were more magnificent than any historic castle on the countryside. Could these creations rival those from the States? I wanted to find out.

Baggot Inn - IrelandNow I was not quite sure what 100% Irish beef really meant. I was told that label really could read: 100% grass-fed beef which would explain things. Either way, first up was Paddy’s Irish BBQ located at the Howth Market, a fantastic little farmer’s market on the Irish Sea. Grilled up by a couple of gentlemen with thick accents, this cheeseburger carried a very thick slice of cheddar cheese, an artisan bun and some English mustard.

Whoa baby did the mustard provide a solid punch right to the throat. It is hard to describe a burger as smooth, but it really was as it had a delicious texture throughout. And that would be the theme of the trip.

On to downtown and the Baggot Inn, which was just far enough away from the tourist district that everyone appeared to be a local. My kind of spot. Walking down a small stairway, the bar area opened itself up to a cozy setting with friendly patrons and friendly servers. A Galway Hooker beer arrived on the table, as did a Baggot Beef Burger. “Homemade 100% Irish beef, stacked high with melted cheddar, homemade onion ring, rasher (thick slice of ham/bacon I guess), side of peppercorn sauce.”

Sheehan's IrelandAside from the onion ring, this certainly filled me up, and again provided a smooth taste for a burger. The rasher was a bit much, though, and I only ate half of it before removing the rest.

To close out the burger fest, I stepped foot into Sheehan’s near Grafton Street. Its outward appearance was certainly inviting as it carried a red and black color combination on its façade, and had the look I want in a Dublin eatery. The first floor was simple enough – bar area with a few booths for patrons. Upstairs was far less busy and a place I would love to grab a few Guinness and stare out the windows, looking down on the scene below.

From a small menu, I sent back an order for The Grafton Burger. “100% Irish Beef Burger in a toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, onion and melted cheddar cheese served with fries.” So pretty much the same thing without the rasher. It arrived on a cutting board with a small bucket of thick fries, and this too tasted very similar to the two previous concoctions. Nothing dramatic, yet a simple tasty burger.


If I were to put the two restaurant burgers next to each other, I would have a difficult time determining which one was which. The Irish burgers were yummy, I just expected more. None of the three gave me the “wow” factor I sought. My final verdict is that I liked Irish beef, but I will be on the lookout for something else during my next trip.