Most recently, I realised that I have more lunches than dinners, and my afternoons have become a lot more social. I can’t recall setting up a lunch meeting without considering Clarke’s in Bree Street. Nowadays, it has become my most regular lunch spot in the city.
What makes Clarke’s such a great place for lunch is the great balance it has found between cozy, trendy and vibrant. Clarke’s has the unique mixture of a place where you would pop in for a quick sandwich or enjoy a long sit down at the table. For those who find the main dining area too noisy, there is a little outside area for a more quiet ambiance.
At first, Clarke’s was most known to me as yet another hipster-and-craft-beer spot for the Thursday late afternoons. My frequent visits have taught me it’s mostly a space where young creatives get together (so you don’t need a handlebar mustache per se), and the food perfectly matches its audience. Branded as ‘manfood’, I find the diverse options a lot more multi-gender, but one could say the American diner grub (pulled pork sandwich, hot dog, burger) is nicely balanced with plentiful vegetarian options, and they have a kick-ass bowl of tomato soup.
If I’m not having the smoked tomato soup and grilled cheese, my other favorite option is the chicken buttermilk sandwich. I used to have the pulled pork sandwich, but the added cheese and grease made it a bit too fatty for my liking. Their coffees are always great, and they have plenty of drinks on offer (also draughts on tap) for any time of the day. Oddly enough I’ve never tried their breakfast, but I hear that’s pretty fulfilling too. Price wise, they’re very reasonable, and the staff are always on point with quick deliveries.
Clarke’s has become a weekly spot on Bree for me, and I’ll definitely recommend you pay a visit (if you haven’t yet).
4/5 on the scale of lunch 🙂