We were in Dublin at dinner time and walked over to a lovely little restaurant, that, unfortunately, had changed ownership and ethnic cuisine. But, right next door was this little gem called Kennedy's Food Store! The menu posted outside had several yummy sounding selections so in we went. The wine list was rather limited, but reasonable priced, offering glasses, half and full bottles (our half bottle house wine €14.50). The 2 course early bird was our choice (€17.95 each). My appetizer was a self-selected trio of 3 of my favorites: pesto, hummus and olives with 2 types of bread. (The bread portion was a little too meager to really do justice for what I selected.) We both chose the steak for our mains and it was fine.....not great, just fine, cooked to the requested degree of doneness, but not overly flavorful. Mister decided on a dessert for his second course, a very rich chocolate brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and, really, what could go wrong with that? The service was good, with several servers each bringing a different offering. The atmosphere was lacking, but as we were paying at the counter, the cashier/server mentioned that there was a very nice bistro area upstairs. It would have been nice to have been advised of this upon entering. The charge of €2 for a teabag and small pot of hot water seems a bit excessive, but I've come to expect it in too many Irish restaurants. The cashier was astounded when I handed her a cash tip of about 18%, saying, "Oh, you don't need to do that!" You can always tell I'm an American, I guess. because of the tip.
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