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45 years of fast food chains in Ireland



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,644 ✭✭✭GerardKeating

    Burgerland also had two/three outlets in Cork City. Queens OldCastle was one, Grand Parade too i think.

    Never made the Limerick Burgerland, but it worked in two Dublin ones, Baggot Street and PowerCourt TownHouse Centre.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,829 ✭✭✭Lillyfae

    La Crossanterie chicken bechamel is seriously the stuff of dreams.

  • Registered Users Posts: 33,373 ✭✭✭✭Princess Consuela Bananahammock

    Inevitable - we're not an island! (Well, ok, techincally we are, but you know what I mean....!) - you can get Big Macs in Moscow now, and they held out for anouther 20 years!

    I remember going with my parents every Saturday monring to the Burderland in Lower Baggot street - my first childhood "junk" food!

    Everything I don't like is either woke or fascist - possibly both - pick one.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,943 ✭✭✭✭anewme

    Lol me too. Though it may have been mid - late 80’s. Used to go in on the way home from Blooms before the last bus pulled into Fleet Street.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,432 ✭✭✭batman_oh

    it's the same with high end restaurants. Would you like some butter with your salt

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,067 ✭✭✭✭fryup

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    I know I sound like an old fart but the older I get the more I absolutely love the Italian Dublin chippers. Romayo's, Aprile's, Luigis etc.

    Smoked cod + chips is your only man.

    As a kid though I was drawn to the shiny glossy colourful McD's and I still frequent from time to time if drunk abroad.

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,067 ✭✭✭✭fryup

    and iirc Pat Grace also sponsored the League of was known as the Pat Grace Famous Fried Chicken League☺️

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,644 ✭✭✭GerardKeating

    Hey, I worked there for a year or two, in the early 80's...

    (Baggot Street, Not Moscow).

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    If you're just ordering a bag of chips they've piles of them already cooked

    Tell me you only ever go to crap chippers without telling me you only go to crap chippers. Chips should always, always always be cooked fresh from start to finish. You can usually tell how good/bad your chips are going to be, depending on how long they take to cook them. If there's a big crowd ahead of you, then there'll be a fairly high turnover of the basics so they'll be fresh enough that it won't matter. But I've refused chips before when you walk into a place with nobody in it, order chips and they're handed to you 10 seconds later. "It's okay, I'll wait for fresh chips, thanks".

    What you're talking about in your post were known as 'reheats' when we were younger and nobody used the chippers who sold reheats. It's a particular bugbear of mine that, in Irish chippers, fish etc. isn't freshly battered before it's cooked. Pretty much any NI or UK chipper will batter and cook your food before your eyes. This should be the norm, but I don't think I've ever seen it own here.

    On the subject of legendary fast food places.....there was a chipper in Ballybough near the car showroom place that was a tiny one-room place called "Mr T's takeaway". He would batter anything you brought in, for a price, and deep fry it for you. Big hockey-puck slices of white pudding in batter were all the rage.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,800 ✭✭✭Greyfox

    Id rather just get nice chips within 5 mins which most chippers in Ireland are able to do.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,003 ✭✭✭fatbhoy

    Yeah, I think you're right about the LOI. He definitely owned or financed Limerick City back in the '80s. I think he was from down there. His PGFFC joints weren't exactly up to the same quality as the old KFC if I remember correctly. We'd only ever get it after the pub, or on a Tuesday when they'd have two snackboxes for the price of one. Chicken was a bit skanky though, but the chicken gravy was as addictive as Oxy. 🤪

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    That's not what you posted earlier though. You said they're already cooked and ready to be bagged up and it was the other stuff that takes 5 mins? You're changing the goalposts and defending an argument i didn't make.

    Every single (geddit?) time, I'd prefer to wait 10+ mins and get fresh chips, rather than eat ones which have been sitting there for an unknown amount of time. Or, even worse, ones that have been cooked already and are just being reheated. Which is what you also posted.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,308 ✭✭✭patrickbrophy18

    Yeah, they were made part of the PressUp Group several years back. I've eaten there a few times and they were excellent. Now, I haven't been there in well over a decade. A visit from yours truly is way over due! :D

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,560 ✭✭✭✭Beechwoodspark

    Before any of the bricks and mortar fast food joints in ireland there were what was known as chipper vans.

    most towns/villages/crossroads had chipper vans at one time and they were in most dublin suburbs too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,560 ✭✭✭✭Beechwoodspark

    1 poster is on about wanting chippers to batter the fish “on demand”

    most chippers here just throw frozen fish into the fryer and hope for the best

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,446 ✭✭✭HBC08

    Not to derail thread but is there a reason you're in the dole in 2022? You could walk into a job in the morning and then you could order from the full McDonald's menu.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,688 ✭✭✭Pauliedragon

    I remember them in the mid eighties. They'd be at the beach in the Summer aswell. I dread to think if they were around today how many health laws they would violate. Great chips though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,003 ✭✭✭fatbhoy

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,666 ✭✭✭John_Rambo

    When fast food burgers were cheaper than a bag of carrots we saw the big social change. It was slow but solid. Poor people became overweight and wealthy people started slimming up. A direct reverse of what happened in the 70's. The rapid affordability of personal vehicles for all with the "drive thru" culture augmented that quick decline of health and nutrition that partly sees our hospitals full of overweigh relatively young people with chronic problems due to bad nutritional education.

    I had a stint in hospital recently due to a sports injury and was shocked at my bedfellows that weren't being released because of obesity. Most had problems supporting their weight on crutches, but two that had a similar injury to me because of their weight were unable to clean themselves after defecating because of their sheer size and inability to reach.

    ** I partake in fast food every now and then like you all, but these people live on it along with the ready made stuff in supermarkets.

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  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 12,747 Mod ✭✭✭✭JupiterKid

    Anyone else get the distinct impression that KFC is nowhere nearly as well managed and run as McDonalds or Burger King?

    Once a few years back I drove up to the KFC drive-thru in Blanchardstown during the early evening and they were out of....chicken. 🙄😬😏

    Other times I was at a KFC outlet and they were filthy dirty with tables not cleared, rubbish and discarded food on the floor and decidedly non-motivated staff.

    I was pretty unhappy with the changes McDs brought in a couple of years ago with their order and collect system but I’ve got used to it now. One bugbear of mine is getting cold fries. I would indulge in a MaccyDs about twice a month.

    I wonder where the new Wendy’s will open? Presumably somewhere in Dublin.

    Is the Five Guys (extremely overrated and very overpriced) in Blackrock still open? Last time I passed by it looked closed and empty.

    One place I would love to see open here would be an IHOP. 😁💕

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,331 ✭✭✭Heckler

    I have fast food maybe 3-4 times a year but I do like McDonalds Double cheese burgers. As mentioned earlier chip vans after a night at a festival or when younger after the "Merries" was the business. Crispy and dowsed in salt. Job. Vinegar on chips is an outrage.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,582 ✭✭✭California Dreamer

    Flash Harrys Blackrock FTW!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,224 ✭✭✭black & white

    I think Burgerland Limerick was where the Lifestyle sports on William Street is now, I seem to remember the arch shaped windows on the first floor. There was one in Waterford as well, can't remember exactly where but in and around where Dealz is now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 38,327 ✭✭✭✭PTH2009

    Had TGI Fridays from the Fleet Street branch a few days ago and by god its so Overrated and pricy for what you get

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  • Registered Users Posts: 68,731 ✭✭✭✭L1011

    Overrated I think you mean. Underrrated means better than people think.

    A boggo burger and pint there can be over 30 quid. Lives off American tourists.

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,362 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    The only one I still go for is Eddie Rockets.. about 3 or 4 times a year….

    nobody or no chain is making nice pizza aside from Mizzonis and the nearest one isn’t all that near. Food arrives hot but takes ages due to the distance..

    Eddies is expensive but at least you are getting a good sized burger and reasonable chips…. Im just completely gone off McDonalds chips

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,184 ✭✭✭riclad

    More people live alone , going to mcDs or any fast food outlet is a nice break from cooking if you go to burger King mcDs on a bank holiday, st Patrick's day its full of customers.

  • Posts: 2,725 [Deleted User]

    Supermacs is actually quality fast food. 3 or 4 euro more than McDonalds, KFC, Burgerking etc, but operating at a different level.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 25,362 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    Forgot about supermacs , unfortunately none nearby, fûckin 2am and you shower have me craving a Super Eddie MacRockets…