When planning a trip as a vegetarian, I usually wonder “is it easy to find vegetarian food at my destination?
In Ireland, I found it easy to find vegetarian food both in restaurants and in supermarkets. Here are 8 dishes I ate In Ireland as a Vegetarian, plus, a bonus tip.
1. AVOCADO TOAST
Let’s start, millennial style, with avocado toast. These were not hard to find, especially in places with all-day breakfast. They’re usually great if you need a quick lunch. If you’re very hungry, maybe not so much.
Next, the traveling vegetarian best friend: pizza! And it’s close relative, cheesy bagel. I believe I’ve never been to a country where I couldn’t find tomato and cheese pizza. When in doubt, I go with my trusted Margherita.
3. VEGETARIAN CURRY
I noticed some restaurants had curry as a vegetarian alternative. I only had it once, in Dublin, and it was pretty good.
4. FRIES AND MUSHY PEAS
For some reason, I didn’t have as many potatoes as I was expecting. But I do expect potatoes more often than I should, regardless of being in Ireland or any other place. I did have some fries, as you do, as a traveling vegetarian, because sometimes that’s all there is! I found fries and mushy peas were frequently available (although, probably, not the healthiest meal!).
Vegetarian noodles were also frequently available. I had them more than a couple of times. But let’s face it, I would have happily eaten noodles for the entire 11-day trip. I would probably eat some right now. The ones in the terrible picture below were my favorite ones.
I was able to find some delicious salads in Ireland, and they’ve proven to be a great alternative for a quick lunch. Couscous salads with falafel were my favorite.
7. VEGGIE BURGERS
Also, veggie burgers. I’m always happy to try different veggie burgers, and I was not disappointed.
And soups, with Irish bread! Which, let me tell you, was so good! I’m a big fan of darker bread and fell in love with it. I need to make some Irish bread at home, I miss it already!
When in Ireland, do yourself a favor and visit one of the Happy Pear cafes! We visited their Clondalkin Cafe and their Dublin Airport Cafe. We tried the Taco Bowl, the Buddha Bowl, and the salad bowl. It was my best experience with vegetarian food in Ireland.
Have you ever been to Ireland? What did you think of the food! Let me know in the comments!