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 linguini are perfect for pescetarians, while baby back ribs and cracklin’ pork belly will keep meat lovers happy. If you come for lunch, pop next door to the Brown Hound for dessert.
SHELLS SEASIDE BAKERY & CAFE
Strandhill, Co Sligo, 071 9122938, shellscafe.com ¤ Jane and Myles Lamberth’s cute café on the seafront in Strandhill has the perfect view of the popular surf break outside. And they’ve managed to transplant that laid back surf vibe back inside their little café and bakery.
The relaxed, sea-shack atmosphere belies the high quality cooking: there’s slow roasted lamb shoulders, all manner of barbecued meats, salads sambos and more. Breads and cakes are baked in-house using organic eggs and you can take away a taste of the west, with Burren Smokehouse plates, breads, cakes and homemade sauces such as sriracha and hot-wings sauce.