Barely a year old, Platform has already won the Best Pizza in Ireland title in this newspaper. Owners Conor and Nicola Duggan wanted to create a family-friendly pizza place, that wouldn’t scare away the cool 20somethings. The huge menu offers flatbreads, salads, wings – and of course pizzas, which are thin crusted and come with some interesting topping combos, such as their pancetta, goats cheese, maple syrup and walnut pizza. Everything on the menu is available gluten-free, and the Narnia-inspired bathrooms (you reach them by walking through an antique wardrobe) are a big hit with kids big and small.
EASTERN SEABOARD BAR & GRILL
2 Bryanstown Centre, Drogheda, Co Louth 041-980 2570, easternseaboard.ie ¤¤ Eastern Seaboard is run by Jeni Glasgow and Reuven Diaz, the duo behind The Brown Hound bakery next door. The bustling restaurant focuses firmly on ingredients both seasonal (they’re celebrating all things apple at the moment) and local, staying true to its name with, with garlicky crab claws (¤8.50), crispy fried whitebait (¤7.90) and calamari by the pail (¤8.25). There’s lots of tasting or sharing plates, with some great main course salads (always a pleasure when they’re not an afterthought), especially Mo’s cold spicy noodle salad that you can adapt in half a dozen ways (¤10-¤20). Local Lough Duart salmon and deluxe seafood