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Out To Lunch: Sunshine Out In Spillane’s Of Maharees

Out To Lunch: Sunshine Out In Spillane’s Of Maharees

April 15, 2017 at 10:17 am Comments are Disabled

Spillane’s Bar Maharees SOMETIMES we forget how lucky we are here in Kerry. But a timely reminder comes every time the sun comes out. We don’t have to go far in Tralee with the gorgeous skyline by the canal or the beautiful town park. But recently on a stunning Saturday, […]

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Out To Lunch (On Tour): A Touch Of Class At The Airport

Out To Lunch (On Tour): A Touch Of Class At The Airport

February 12, 2017 at 10:57 am 1 comment

Cork International Hotel Cork Airport THERE was something soulless in the past about airport hotels that made you glad you weren’t staying very long. They were normally a stop-gap for an early morning flight or somewhere to lay your head if the plane gets in late and you were too tired to drive […]

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Out To Lunch: A Super Salad At Chez Christophe

Out To Lunch: A Super Salad At Chez Christophe

January 28, 2017 at 9:22 am Comments are Disabled

Chez Christophe Courthouse Lane IT’S been two and a half years since I last visited this French restaurant on Courthouse Lane. That afternoon in July I enjoyed one of the best lunches I reviewed in almost three years – a chicken supreme with bacon and mushroom sauce, served with boiled white rice and […]

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Out To Brunch: The Bookshelf Is Well-Stacked With Style And Substance

Out To Brunch: The Bookshelf Is Well-Stacked With Style And Substance

January 14, 2017 at 1:44 pm 1 comment

The Bookshelf Coffee House Manor East THE last few years has seen a resurgence of stylish-looking  restaurants and cafes in town. The Roast House led the way with cool decor, chilled out background music, impeccable coffee and delicious dishes, No.4 On The Square is perhaps the town’s most hip and stylish restaurant […]

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Out To Lunch: A Top Chop In Stylish Square Restaurant

Out To Lunch: A Top Chop In Stylish Square Restaurant

December 10, 2016 at 12:21 pm Comments are Disabled

No.4 On The Square The Square THERE’S a bit of hustle and bustle about the town of late, as time starts to run out to grab those Christmas pressies. Of course, a great part of all that shopping is taking a break and that’s where the town’s bars and restaurants […]

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Out To Lunch: Mozart’s Still In Tune With Tastebuds

Out To Lunch: Mozart’s Still In Tune With Tastebuds

October 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm Comments are Disabled

Mozart’s Ashe Street THE Ashe Street/Courthouse Lane part of town is becoming a real diverse ‘cuisine quarter’ of town in the past year. As well as LANA Asian Street Food opening in the past couple of months, Il Forno has been dishing out quality Italian fare since last October and […]

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Out To Lunch: Traditional French Cooking Is Just Magnifique

Out To Lunch: Traditional French Cooking Is Just Magnifique

September 17, 2016 at 12:01 pm 2 comments

Le Rustique Princes’ Street I LOVE French cuisine…but then who doesn’t? The rich sauces, the fantastic combinations of ingredients, the decadent cakes and desserts; what’s not to love? Ok, your arteries won’t thank you for it, but indulgence every now and then can’t be bad for you. So I was […]

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Out To Dinner: A Tasty Family Evening At O’Donnell’s

Out To Dinner: A Tasty Family Evening At O’Donnell’s

August 27, 2016 at 11:57 am Comments are Disabled

O’Donnell’s Restaurant & Bar Mounthawk It’s almost over now. The end of the Festival always signals the last days of summer, the return to school and the days getting shorter. I know, it’s depressing (but at least the Premiership’s back, the rugby is starting again and Kerry are still in the championship…depending […]

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Out To Lunch: On Tour In Ballybunion

Out To Lunch: On Tour In Ballybunion

August 13, 2016 at 12:56 pm Comments are Disabled

Various Restaurants Ballybunion SINCE the summer holidays are still here and people like to get out on day trips, I thought I’d take the food review on tour this week. First off, I have to confess more than a grá for Ballybunion. My better half hails from the beautiful seaside town and I’ve […]

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Out To Lunch: The Brogue Rocks For A Bite To Eat

Out To Lunch: The Brogue Rocks For A Bite To Eat

July 30, 2016 at 11:18 am Comments are Disabled

Kirby’s Brogue Inn Rock Street HAVE you noticed there seems to be more tourists around than normal this year? It’s a common feature I’ve found when visiting bars and hotels over the past number of months. Many are putting it down to people avoiding mainland Europe, northern Africa and Turkey for fear […]

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Out To Lunch: A Majestic Munch In Manor West

Out To Lunch: A Majestic Munch In Manor West

July 23, 2016 at 10:57 am Comments are Disabled

The Mercantile Bar Manor West Hotel THE last time I was in the Mercantile Bar for a bite to eat was in November 2014. The bar was packed with hungry shoppers refuelling for the afternoon ahead and the lunch of chowder and open flat bread with tomato tapenade, hummus, black olives, […]

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Out To Lunch: A Tasty Salad On Denny Street

Out To Lunch: A Tasty Salad On Denny Street

July 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm Comments are Disabled

Mary Anne’s Tea Rooms Denny Street SOMETIMES, as natives, we really underappreciate the beauty of Denny Street. Walking up the grand old street on Friday, I tried to imagine myself as a tourist seeing it for the first time and admiring the Georgian buildings with the imposing Ashe Memorial Hall […]

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Out To Lunch: The Station House Delivers In Blennerville

Out To Lunch: The Station House Delivers In Blennerville

July 10, 2016 at 11:55 am Comments are Disabled

The Station House Blennerville LIVING on the west side of town near the canal, I really missed The Station House over the past few years. It was nice to stroll over the bridge for a bite to eat and a pint in the evenings before a picturesque walk home. I was […]

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Out To Dinner: A Seafood Delight At Benners Gastro Pub

Out To Dinner: A Seafood Delight At Benners Gastro Pub

June 25, 2016 at 11:33 am Comments are Disabled

Gastro Pub @ Benners Hotel Castle Street AS much as the curmudgeon in me complains about the Hallmark-promoted racket that is Father’s Day, I confess that I really enjoyed it this year. I resolved to take the afternoon off work and my better half declared we were going to a restaurant in the […]

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Out To Lunch: A Quickfire Roast Lunch At Gallys

Out To Lunch: A Quickfire Roast Lunch At Gallys

May 21, 2016 at 10:23 am Comments are Disabled

Gallys Bar Castlemaine Road BEFORE heading out to lunch on Friday, I looked up my review from the last time I was in Gallys and saw it was May 17, 2014. Two years is a long time in the food game, so I decided to see if their standards were as high […]

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Out To Lunch: A Tasty Sandwich At Johnny Franks

Out To Lunch: A Tasty Sandwich At Johnny Franks

May 15, 2016 at 11:16 am Comments are Disabled

Johnny Franks Bar Meadowlands Hotel WE finally got some really good weather on Friday and it appears the whole town took advantage of it. There was an exodus to the beaches while the Town Park saw an influx of lunchtime walkers and diners, probably keen to soak up any fine weather ‘just […]

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Dott's Bar in the (soon to be) Rose Hotel. Photo by Dermot Crean

Out To Lunch: Dott’s Hits The Spot For Style And Substance

May 7, 2016 at 12:30 pm Comments are Disabled

Dott’s Bar The Rose Hotel SO much for waiting for things to quieten down! When The Rose Hotel revamped its bar back in late March, I looked forward to writing about the food, changes to the decor and menu in the amazing new look hotel. But I decided it would be unfair […]

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Out To Lunch: A Super Sunday At Ballygarry

Out To Lunch: A Super Sunday At Ballygarry

April 30, 2016 at 10:45 am Comments are Disabled

Brooks Restaurant Ballygarry House Hotel THE last time I reviewed food at Ballygarry it was a cold, wet, wintry afternoon 14 months ago. I sat in the Leebrook Bar, in front of an inviting open fire, eating a delicious roast pork lunch and contemplated abandoning the afternoon’s work in favour of […]

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Out To Dinner: The Stonehouse Delivers A Birthday Treat

Out To Dinner: The Stonehouse Delivers A Birthday Treat

April 16, 2016 at 9:34 am Comments are Disabled

The Stonehouse Restaurant The Square THE column changes from ‘Out To Lunch’ to ‘Dinner’ for the second time in as many weeks (I know, I know, the decadent life of a journalist) as there was a birthday in our little family and we decided to head down town for an early bird to a place […]

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Out To Lunch: A Nice Bite In Gaudinos

Out To Lunch: A Nice Bite In Gaudinos

April 9, 2016 at 2:28 pm Comments are Disabled

Gaudinos Castle Street WHEN I last reviewed Gaudinos in January 2015, in its former life as the Allegro (click here), I had the same thing I’d always had as an adult going there – my guilty pleasure of liver, bacon and chips. But it’s no longer the Allegro. The restaurant has a new name […]

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Out To Lunch: The Enigma That Is Bella Bia

Out To Lunch: The Enigma That Is Bella Bia

April 2, 2016 at 10:26 am 1 comment

Bella Bia Ivy Terrace WHERE do I start with Bella Bia? The ‘sacred cow’ of Tralee dining, praise for Bella Bia is so universal that I almost feel any criticism of the culinary experience would result in an angry mob outside my house with burning sods of turf on pikes demanding […]

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Out To Lunch: Chowing Down In Salubrious Surroundings

Out To Lunch: Chowing Down In Salubrious Surroundings

August 1, 2015 at 11:06 am Comments are Disabled

Pappy’s Bar Ballyseede Castle Hotel I LOVE Ballyseede Castle Hotel. It’s a classy slice of olde world charm™ just a few miles from the hustle of modern Tralee town and is hugely popular as a wedding venue for couples who want something extra special. Having reviewed every other place in Tralee […]

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Out To Lunch: A Wonderful Lunch By The Lake At The Wetlands

Out To Lunch: A Wonderful Lunch By The Lake At The Wetlands

July 25, 2015 at 12:46 pm Comments are Disabled

Lakeside Cafe Tralee Bay Wetlands I NEVER thought of the Wetlands as somewhere to specifically go to have lunch. I don’t know why, but I always thought the Lakeside Cafe inside as a place for people get a coffee or a quick sandwich while taking a break from the activities at the […]

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Out To Lunch: You Gotta Roll With It At Brudair’s

Out To Lunch: You Gotta Roll With It At Brudair’s

July 4, 2015 at 10:49 am Comments are Disabled

Brudair’s Coffee Shop Abbey Court SOMETIMES you just want something simple. I was in town on Friday with a few jobs to do, so I  needed a quick, simple lunch and a cup of tea. I left the car in the Tesco car park and while strolling down Abbeycourt I realised […]

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Out To Lunch: Food Fit For A King

Out To Lunch: Food Fit For A King

June 6, 2015 at 2:35 pm Comments are Disabled

  Kingdom Food And Wine Store Oakpark Road THIS week’s column is more of an ‘in for lunch’ than ‘out for lunch’ as I took the food home to my own kitchen. You see the Kingdom Food And Wine Store isn’t a restaurant or cafe, rather a place to stop off to […]

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Out To Lunch: Benners Hits The Ground Running

Out To Lunch: Benners Hits The Ground Running

May 30, 2015 at 9:51 am 1 comment

Benners Cafe Castle Street WE’RE going through some sort of food and drink revolution in Tralee at the moment. Let’s recap. In the past two months, two new hotels – The Ashe and Benners – have opened, each with their own gastropub; a new nightclub started with Quarters; the lads […]

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Out To Lunch: A Fine Sandwich In Town Centre

Out To Lunch: A Fine Sandwich In Town Centre

May 16, 2015 at 10:06 am Comments are Disabled

‘Coffee Start’ The Mall TRALEE people were saddened when Charlie’s on The Mall closed its doors on Christmas Eve. For many over the past 30 years, the cafe/bakery was a place to stop off for a chat and a bite to eat, while many a school romance was kindled there over […]

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Out To Lunch: Make A Dash To The Ashe

Out To Lunch: Make A Dash To The Ashe

May 9, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

The Gastro Bar And Restaurant The Ashe Hotel SO we’re back with our lunch reviews. After running out of places to review a couple of months ago, suddenly we have had The Ashe Hotel, Benners Hotel and Coffee Start on The Mall open recently, giving us somewhere new to go. I […]

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Out To Lunch: Classy Darcy’s Is A Welcome Addition To Lunch Market

Out To Lunch: Classy Darcy’s Is A Welcome Addition To Lunch Market

February 21, 2015 at 5:41 am Comments are Disabled

Darcy’s Restaurant Barrack Lane TRALEE gets a bad rap when it comes to high-end restaurants. Everybody talks about the culinary delights of Dingle, Kenmare and Killarney and while it could be argued that there could be more high-end restaurants in a town of its size, we are still serviced by […]

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Out To Lunch: A Trip Down Memory Lane At The Allegro

Out To Lunch: A Trip Down Memory Lane At The Allegro

January 17, 2015 at 10:31 am Comments are Disabled

Allegro Restaurant Castle Street Now here’s a real trip down memory lane! The Allegro, in its previous home on the corner of The Mall and Denny Street, was an essential meeting spot for many who went to secondary school in the 80s and 90s (and possibly before that, I can’t remember). My […]

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