10 Things to eat in Cork and where

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Wide gastronomic variety, traditional Irish dishes and the desire to experiment: these are the main dictates of Cork cuisine, a charming town in the Republic of Ireland where you can taste everything, always remaining open-mouthed for the range of flavors that local chefs are able to bring to the table.
In Cork it is possible to taste everything, from meat to fish, flanked by always different ingredients, some belonging to the culinary traditions of other countries, European and not. Here's one list of 10 specialties to taste in Cork.


  1. Crubeens
  2. Fish & Chips
  3. scones
  4. Butternut
  5. Benedict eggs
  6. Bacon and Cabbage
  7. Seafood Chowder
  8. Irish Stew Lamb
  9. Grilled Organic Salmon
  10. Bread & Butter Pudding
  11. Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Crubeens

In Cork kitchens the saying "don't throw anything away" might apply! A clear example of this Irish philosophy (and not only!) Are the crubbens, a dish based on ... pig legs! The cooking method is simple, the course is recommended for lovers of substantial and, perhaps, rather particular dishes. Crubbens are to be eaten strictly with the hands.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: pork legs, carrot, onion

2 - Fish & Chips

A typically British dish could not be missing in this top ten, to be tasted in typical Irish pubs: fish & chips.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 13,00
  • Main ingredients: fish fillets (preferably cod), potatoes, flour

3 - Scones

Each Irish breakfast worthy of the name begins with a steaming cup of tea accompanied by delicious scones cakes filled with jams or fruit jams, or delicious raisins.

  • Recommended to: Breakfast
  • Average cost: € 2,50
  • Main ingredients: flour, butter, yeast, jam

4 - Butternut

La butternut squash is a real gem of Irish cuisine, a wild card among the tables of the best restaurants in Cork. It is an elongated variety of the vegetable, which is cleaned inside, baked in the oven, emptied of the pulp and then "filled" with a mix of any ingredients, from vegetables to feta.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 4,50
  • Main ingredients: butternut squash, dried tomatoes, feta cheese, breadcrumbs

5 - Eggs Benedict

Il brunch it is a moment to be considered sacred in Irish gastronomy. A must in the Cork brunch sees eggs as protagonists: these are eggs Benedict, a dish coming from the American food and wine tradition, but revisited with an Irish touch.

  • recommended: during brunch
  • Average cost: € 7,50
  • Main ingredients: poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, bacon

6 - Bacon and Cabbage

La bacon is the basis of one of the most popular dishes in Ireland: bacon and cabbage, where the flavor of the succulent salami - boiled, in this case - is mitigated by a riot of cabbage and potatoes.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,90
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, cabbage, bacon

7 - Seafood Chowder

One soup, multiple uses. Seafood chowder is one of the most requested seafood courses in Cork: one fish-based soup (often clams), served both as an appetizer and as a main course, accompanied by the inevitable crostini.

  • Recommended to: starter
  • Average cost: from € 5,00 to € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: mussels, clams, parsley, cream

8 - Irish Stew Lamb

Meat is the main ingredient in the eighth dish of our food "wishlist" in Cork: Irish stew lamb, stewed lamb accompanied by thyme, potatoes and other vegetables.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 11,00
  • Main ingredients: lamb, thyme, potatoes

9 - Grilled Organic Salmon

Smoked or plain, marinated or grilled, the organic salmon it is one of the most used ingredients in Cork clubs. The grilled organic salmon is just one of the many variations proposed of this light but delicious fish, accompanied by rice or vegetables, plain or tempura. To try.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 25,00
  • Main ingredients: salmon, olive oil, vegetable tempura

10 - Bread & Butter Pudding

Lust with a few, simple ingredients. This is the secret of bread & butter pudding, one of the hottest desserts in Ireland. It is a spoon dessert made with bread, butter and raisins.

  • Advised: as a dessert after a meal, snack or breakfast
  • Average cost: € 7,50
  • Main ingredients: bread, butter, vanilla, raisins

Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Thanks to its strategic position, Cork is considered the gastronomic capital of Ireland, which can boast in its menus excellent products from the sea, from the steep hills and from fine pastures. Of course, as in all of Ireland, it starts with breakfast, but the most famous dish is certainly the one based on pig's legs, better known as Crubbens.

To have the opportunity to taste real Irish cuisine, made with typical and zero-kilometer products, we recommend visiting theEnglish Market, which offers a huge variety of freshly made food directly from the merchants. Obviously, you can't miss a sip of beer: the most famous ones in Cork are Murphy's and Beamish.

1 - Market Lane

  • Description: typical place in Cork's busiest street, does not accept reservations; excellent fish cuisine
  • specialty: Fish & Chips
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: 5/6 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork T12 T959 - Get Directions / Facebook Page

2 - Liberty Grill

  • Description: very small place where reservations are recommended, specializing in meat dishes
  • specialty: Meat and steak burger
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: 32 Washington Street, Cork - Get Directions / Facebook Page

3 - The SpitJack

  • Description: Very well-kept place, a stone's throw from the center; it is open all day
  • specialty: the typical Irish breakfast
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: 34 Washington Street, Cork - Get Directions

4 - Gallaghers Gastro Pub

  • Description: elegant restaurant, but with a typical Irish atmosphere; offers both meat and fish cuisine
  • specialty: fish pie
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: 32 Maccurtain Street, Cork T23 Y07X - Get Directions / Facebook Page

5 - Muskerry Arms Restaurant

  • Description: restaurant very close to Blarney Castle, also offers set menus with typical cuisine
  • specialty: fish soup
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: The Square, Co. Cork, Blarney, Cork - Get Directions / Facebook Page

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