Out To Lunch: Yummy By Name, Yummy By Nature

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Yummy Cafe and Market

Dominick Street

Yummy CafeTHE Tralee Food Festival highlighted the fact that Tralee has some great places to eat, thanks to the wonderful taste trail last Saturday.

One business that I visited to take some photos was packed that afternoon and reminded me I hadn’t been for a bite to eat there for quite a while.

Yummy Cafe has been an enormous success since it opened a few years ago. Ostensibly targeted at families with small children – who could be distracted by the play area while mommies and daddies could eat in peace – the quality of the food soon took centre stage and it has grown into a bustling cafe with people of all ages visiting.

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I decided to call in on Friday with the little six year old in tow for some daddy-daughter time. Despite it being past 2pm, the place was still very busy, but we managed to get a table near the counter.

The menu is as varied and impressive as ever, with salads, flatbreads, sandwiches and wraps all looking great and reasonably priced.

I felt like something more substantial so looking among the specials which had a scrumptious looking quiche, a baked potato with mincemeat and my choice, Matt the Butcher’s leek and black pepper sausages on a bed of potato and parsnip purée topped with homemade red onion marmalade and house gravy (€10).

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The small girl went for ‘chicken lollipops and fries’ (€4.50) from the kids menu. It’s worth noting again how child-friendly and tolerant the staff are, but in fairness to many bars and restaurants in town, it’s by no means alone in recognising the importance of families to their daily trade.

My dish arrived in a large bowl which made it look deceptively small. However, on inspection there was three large sausages under the marmalade and a decent amount of mash. It was really good too, the sausages especially tasty.

The ‘lollipops’ and fries were enjoyed by the six-year-old too and she followed it up with a decent sized brownie off the kids menu (€2) while I enjoyed and Americano (€2.40).

So, no change since my last review two years ago as Yummy is still living up to its name.


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