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Affordable Budget Eats....

Any suggestions for places to eat in Dublin that are "authentic", non-franchised restaurants, prefably family owned/run, that are affordably priced (i.e. 'cheap'!!) to fit within a tight American economy budget?......What can you tell me about "The Last Stand" restaurant?...saw the website and seemed a possibility.....



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1. Re: Affordable Budget Eats....

Have a look here while you are waiting for local response:




Interestingly enough, searching online for family-run restaurants in Dublin, elicited mostly Chinese and Indian restaurants.

As a general rule, look at Pub Lunches and Early Bird menus in restaurants for good value in Dublin.

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2. Re: Affordable Budget Eats....

Most restaurants in Dublin are non-franchised, privately run businesses.

As the other poster said, most bars/hotels do reasonably priced meals at lunch and evening time.

There are many budget restaurants, but they would not have an internet presence. I do not think you need to plan in advance, just wander the streets and check their menus at the door, or ask for advice from your hotel.

The restaurants of the central Temple Bar area tend to charge more than others because of their location. There are lots of restaurnts on nearby Georges St, in all price ranges.

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3. Re: Affordable Budget Eats....

Cornucopia is a good place to eat if you are on a budget though it is vegetarian. Very popular but their soups and salads are great.


......and if you fancy some meat try Bobo's on Wexford Street. Yummy burgers not those Macdonaldy types either :-))


Nice budget Indian place on Mary Street beside Sunway travel.

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4. Re: Affordable Budget Eats....

I would definitely recommend Talbot 101 on Talbot st (just off O’Connell St). Inventive manu that changes daily. Good selected of meat, fish & veggie. Very reasonably priced. It does tend to fill up so definitely book in advance. www.101talbot.com or www.menupages.ie/Restaurants/101_Talbot.aspx

Fire restaurant on Dawson St - good option for an early bird (pre theatre menu). Have eaten there twice, and whilst not the most atmospheric early in the evening, the food cannot be faulted. http://www.mansionhouse.ie/fire/index.html

As an earlier poster mentioned most pubs do food for lunch & dinner. Do take advantage of early bird menus in restaurants. These will usually be available until 6 or 7 depending on the day of the week & will compare well in price to pub grub.

The Bank Bar on College Green offers superior ‘pub’ food in my opinion – and the setting & atmosphere is great http://www.bankoncollegegreen.com/home.html

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5. Re: Affordable Budget Eats....

I agree about wandering and just finding something. There were a lot of places that had lunch specials and even early dinner specials posted when we were there. I can't even remember where we ate but got a good deal for having an early dinner. One place I have heard from friends is nice and not too expensive but not tried personally is the Boxty House, which I think is in the Temple Bar aread.

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6. Re: Affordable Budget Eats....

Did you say BUDGET and DUBLIN in the same sentence???!!! Can't be possible! Sorry , seriously though check out pubs as you go, Georges street has nice food too. Thers is a Dunnes Stores (good ol' oirsh supermarket) on georges street that has a good deli, so if the weathers nice (it's strangly sunny right now..) you could grab a take away bite and head to stephens green for a nice outdoor lunch :) Anywhere near Temple Bar is priced for tourists and Dawson Srteet is priced for the rich folk among us so buyer beware! Hope ye have a great time!

P.S. Check out the famous O'Neills on Suffock Street! HUGE portions for a resonable price! Be prepared to Q though...:)

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7. Re: Affordable Budget Eats....

My first dinner in Ireland was at The OLD Stand in Exchequer Street (not sure if that's the same as the Last Stand) and it was very good, reasonably priced, and was full of locals. I'd recommend it. Also, for lunch, I went to the Epicurean Food Hall, just north of the Ha' Penny Bridge. It's kind of like a food court with a variety of shops (Italian, Mexican, Fish & Chips, etc.). You can find some cheap eats if you look around.

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8. Re: Affordable Budget Eats....

For good quality breakfast in Dublin, check out the Kilkenny Design Centre on Nassau Street. Cooked Irish breakfast for Euro 7. Excellent value. Main thing is that the food is well cooked, not the "deep fat fried" muck you get in many outlets.

Also the "early bird" menu (circa 6-7.30 p.m.) in Fitzers of Dawson Street is competitive pricewise and tasty.

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