The Pig & Heifer is almost unanimously considered Dublin’s best delicatessen. Established in 1996 by the son of a butcher, this New York-style deli prides itself on having been the first in Ireland to serve ‘the real pastrami on rye.’ They’re now at three locations in the city, with an additional tapas restaurant in Dún Laoghaire. Their deli offers classic sandwiches like meatballs with melted mozzarella, turkey clubs and a New York Reuben, as well as specialities like their hot Italian hoagie – consisting of Spanish chorizo with tomato and melted blue cheese.
When 147 Deli came to Parnell Street in 2014, it was welcomed with open arms as a high quality, inexpensive lunchtime spot. It went on to be one of the Dublin delis featured in the New York Times article earlier this year, with owner Barry Stephens telling its author how the recession had forced Irish chefs to ‘think outside the box.’ Stephen’s idea of creating an affordable place to get an amazing sandwich has worked out remarkably well. They also serve what have been called the best doughnuts in Dublin here from Thursday to Saturday, made by Dublin Doughnut Co.
Founded in 1979, The Hopsack in Rathmines is one of Dublin’s oldest and best health food stores. It has become a go-to for Dubliners with finicky dietary requirements and those who like to eat ethically and sustainably. Their healthy lunch fare can be delivered across the city in half an hour with Deliveroo. Highlights include their Wild Atlantic Way salad of sea spaghetti, ginger, mangoes and mint, and their spelt pizza slices.