The best of Ireland’s street food scene

Howth Market, County Dublin

Sample unique passion projects that infuse local ingredients with a generous dash of cosmopolitan cool – all in some very special locations

1. Pyke ’n’ Pommes, Derry~Londonderry 

Chef Kevin Pyke uses “the best local produce available in fresh, tasty and affordable dishes" and incorporates techniques learned during Michelin-kitchen stints. Enjoy his "Legenderry Burger" of Armagh pasture-reared Wagyu beef in Pyke ’n’ Pommes’s converted double decker bus parked on the prettiest bend of the Foyle River. Or hit up their licensed premises, @57, for treats like barbecued watermelon with agave-chile syrup or spiced lamb tomahawk, hot from the KOPA Charcoal oven. A true taste of the independent spirit of this wonderful walled city.

2. Broughgammon, County Antrim and various locations

When Broughgammon’s chorizo-spiced goat tacos were named Best Snack at the British Street Food Awards, it was a special win for Charlie and Becky Cole. The young farming couple specialise in billy kid goat meat and rose veal, transforming what were once dairy industry waste-products into ethical, sustainable and healthy sources of meat – and their inventive street food is their “attempt to put that story on a plate”, says Charlie. Sample their farm cafe’s weekend fare (think sumac-spiced rose veal koftas, pickled turnips and pumpkin hummus) en route to the Causeway Coast or catch them at Ballycastle’s bank holiday markets or Dublin’s Temple Bar Food Market (Saturday's only).

3. The Misunderstood Heron, Connemara, County Galway

Globe-trotting Connemara native Kim Young and her Chilean husband Reinaldo Seco match ultra-local ingredients with travel-inspired flavours. The Misunderstood Heron is a busy wee spot, with those Killary fjord mussels, Killary mountain lamb samosas, freshly baked salted caramel brownies and superb Cloud Picker coffee drawing a crowd. But Kim always has time to share insider tips on “the best piers to fish off or beaches to swim in or mountains to hike up” around this glorious stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way. Ask her about the winged namesake of what the Lonely Planet described as one of the world’s 10 coolest food trucks. 

4. Killybegs Seafood Shack, County Donegal

Mairead Anderson always reckoned that her chef husband Gary made chowder “as it should be”: with plenty of white fish and organic smoked salmon in a fragrant creamy base. Named Ireland’s Best Seafood Chowder 2019, his recipe is now a permanent fixture on the “wee menu” served quayside in Ireland’s busiest fishing port at Mairead’s solar-powered, flower-bedecked Killybegs Seafood Shack. Grab a bowl – or a Shines Wild Irish Tuna salad, or a Seafood Box of all-local scampi, calamari, battered haddock and breaded cod – to enjoy on a sunny wall or in the shelter of the nearby Harbour Bar. An unmissable pitstop en route to Donegal’s spectacular Sliabh League cliffs

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