On the road again! From lunch trucks to snack vans, street food is having a moment. Staycationers and locals alike have been enjoying an array of newly attainable culinary delights in the most unlikely of locations, along the length and breadth of the country. The options are endless: tacos, burgers, Banh Mi, seafood and Filipino fare are available to us – and no need to book! We couldn’t be happier. Here are six street food vendors that we recommend you visit this weekend before winter hibernation takes root.
La Cocina Cuevas, the Naul
It’s all about the taco’s at La Cocina Cuevas, but you will need to plan ahead to satisfy your need. Only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you can preorder your Cali/Mexican feast two hours in advance of opening and in no time at all you too can be gorging on crab tostadas, elote, and papas fritas. Just don’t forget the tacos. It would be a grave error in judgement. See website for opening times www.lacocinacuevas.com
Vietnom at The Glimmer Man, Stoneybatter
Perhaps one of the most famous sandwiches to appear on our shores in recent years, the Banh Mi is a savoury sensation. Usually, a chewy French baguette is filled with pate, shredded pork shoulder, shredded carrot, leaves and crispy shallots but at Vietnom there are a few incarnations, depending on the day and they also offer a Portobello mushroom version. The small menu also features an array of rice bowls and Vietnamese tostadas. The food is vibrant and fresh and worth travelling for. Open Thursday – Sunday from 6pm – see www.vietnom.ie for deets.
The Silver Fox, Slane Castle
Street food, Irish-style is what you can look forward to at The Silver Fox, and happily. that almost always means a sausage roll. The ones on offer at The Silver Fox are a cut above, filled with organic rare-breed pork from Rock Farm. Run by culinary duo Keith Coleman and Aisling McHugh of the Roots Project, enjoy your sweet and savoury treats at one of the many picnic benches and soak the atmosphere right up. Open Thursday – Sunday from 10 – 4.30pm. www.slanecastle.ie
Dooncastle Seafood, Kylemore Lough, Galway
The Dooncastle name may be synonymous with oysters but you will find so much more at their outpost located at Kylemore Lough in Galway. Lobster rolls, mussels, fresh fish (baked and battered options) and scampi all appear on the menu, but you can’t argue with a classic. So we implore you – try the oysters. www.facebook.com/Dooncastle-oysters
Once Upon a Thai, Trim, Co. Meath
Husband and wife team John and Auan are the duo behind ‘Once Upon a Thai’ food truck in Trim, Co. Meath. A native of Thailand, Auan brings her unique understanding of Thai flavours to all their dishes, and husband John has worked in professional kitchens as a chef for over 18 years. The menu is concise but perfectly formed, including Thai classics such as Thai spring rolls, chicken or prawn green curry and vegan Penang. Everything is made in house from scratch including the spring rolls and all the curry pastes, a dimension that makes the difference between a good curry and an excellent one. Once Upon a Thai is open Friday and Saturday from 4.30 – 9pm www.onceuponathai.ie
Gourmet Kitchen Food Truck, Frawley’s Yard, Lahinch, Co. Clare
If you’re planning a late-summer surfing staycation in fun, young Lahinch, look out for a sunny turquoise-coloured snack van, set up in Frawley’s Yard. The Gourmet Kitchen, based in the beer garden at the back of well-known pub Frawley’s Bar, serves authentic tacos and buttermilk-fried chicken burgers with homemade sauces like lemon mayo and charred tomato salsa. And it’s doing fabulously. The Dublin-based company’s snack van is open seven days a week – 5pm to 9pm all week, and 12pm to 2.30pm too on Saturdays and Sundays. www.facebook.com/gourmetkitchen99/
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