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Kim Shook

Limerick Area Dining Help

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My daughter and a couple of her friends are coming the day after Christmas to Limerick to visit a friend who lives there. He has a car and they will be staying a just over a week with a side trip to Paris for New Year's Eve. They will be doing lots of wandering. Can anyone recommend any good restaurants, pubs, food shops within a 1 - 2 hour drive from Limerick?

Sorry for the short notice, but they are 25 going on 12! I am terrified :shock::wink: ! Thanks so much, everyone!

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I don't know Limerick that well, but the Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge is probably worth a trip for some Irish hospitality. Depending on their tastes it might be a little stuffy, or pleasingly traditional.

It's definitely also worth taking the short drive to Adare Manor, even if only for a cup of tea!

Others will probably know more. I'm pretty much never in Limerick!

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Bumping in hope for more answers, they are currently waiting on a flight to London in Philadelphia, having missed the connection to Dublin  :sad: .

Limerick (city) has bee a bit of a black hole for quality eating until recently. However this is starting to change and I can recommend a couple of places in the city that while aren't high end dinning experiences, do provide a good night out.

First is The Cornstore on Thomas Street, a great new bar/restaurant with a good cocktail program. This is currently the place to be seen in the city.

The French Table (http://www.frenchtable.ie/), a lovely little French place at Steamboat Quay. Atmosphere can at times be a little lacking but has been a lace I've returned to again and again.

For a more casual brunch/american dinner there is a fantastic place The Wild Onion (http://www.wildonioncafe.com/) run by Bob and Ruth DiGirolamo from Chicago always packed on the weekend. - Just thought you had best check ahead to see if they are open as I think they may be on Christmas break.

You can also try the bistro at No 1 Perry Square, a recently opened boutique hotel I've not been but have heard the food is quite reasonable but they were still working out the kniks inn the service

Further afield you may want to try 27 Church Street (http://www.27churchstreet.ie) or The Cherry Tree (http://www.cherrytreerestaurant.ie/) in Killaloe. I'll second the recommendation for the Mustard Seed which is always fabulous but you may also want to try a place called The White Sage in Adare run by an ex chef at the Mustard seed. Again I've not been but have heard good things.

Hope that helps

Scotsaute

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Havent checked if these are open over the season but the following should be good -

Mustard Seed in Adare as mentioned above but Wild Geese also in Adare is also said to be v. good. - http://www.thewild-geese.com/

Market Square Brasserie Limerick City - 74 O'Connell St. 061316311

Sage Cafe - 67-68 Catherine St. Limerick - http://www.thesagecafe.com/

Ciarans Cafe in the university is said to be ok too if a bit healthy- http://www.ciarans.ie/

Saturday Milk market should be worth a visit for artisan cheeses, charceuterie etc.

good pub food in Limerick www.molldarbys.com

watch out for a copy of the bridgestone food guide which is reliable (I work for them so I would say that!).

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Further afield you may want to try 27 Church Street (http://www.27churchstreet.ie)  or The Cherry Tree (http://www.cherrytreerestaurant.ie/) in Killaloe. 

I reviewed the Cherry Tree a few months back and it was nothing short of shocking, a change of head chef in the last year. Flannagans, which is primarily a steak house is a much better option in Ballina/Killaloe. Further up on Lough Derg, Garykennedy is also worth a visit and Larkin's Bar and Restaurant is nicely atmospheric with decent food.

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