Two of us will be visiting Dublin, Galway, Killarney, and Kilkenny for about 3 days each and will need lunch and dinner every day. We are on a budget and won't be eating at any 5* restaurants, but we don't want to miss out on the foods that the Irish traditionally eat.

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    You forgot the breakfast! The Irish mostly eat a snack (a sandwich or fried snacks) for lunch (but they have very good sandwiches!). For diner I don't know, it seems most restaurants are either fast food or ‘exotic’ (Italian, French…)
    – Relaxed
    Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 15:05
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    @Relaxed I didn't include breakfast because some of them are included with the hotel and we will likely purchase a hotel breakfast at those it is not included with the price. Unless there's a reason we should skip hotel breakfast and eat somewhere else? Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 15:23
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    No particular reason, it's just that the breakfast is an important meal there. Beyond that, I have actually never stayed at hotels in Ireland, they always seemed very expensive compared to B&Bs.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 15:27
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    modern irish food is mcdonalds. Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 20:19
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    or Supermacs - I recall it being like a mix of McDs and KFC!
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Apr 12, 2015 at 12:30

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Easily enough if you go to local pubs, and stay in B&Bs. Every town will usually have them, and often with live music in the pubs at night. They're usually friendly, fun, and serve good food.

Source: have been to Ireland twice, first time spent a week travelling around and eating only in pubs, and the occasional bed & breakfast or hostel that served food.

Food included full Irish breakfasts, Irish stew, black pudding, coddle, and so much more, for a list to get your tastebuds watering, have a look at the Wiki page for Irish dishes.

EDIT: realised you also asked the rough price. I went a few years back, but a similar thread on Thorntree says around 10 Euro per meal which sounds fair from my memories.


Many hotels or B&Bs will serve breakfasts (mostly with a choice of either a traditional Irish fried breakfast, or cereal/pastries). Probably just as good as going elsewhere. Sometimes hotel breakfasts can be expensive for what you get, but unless you know a local cafe selling breakfast, a hotel breakfast is probably your best bet.

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