22nd April, 2021 – If you melt it, they will come. MacDaddy, Dublin’s brand-new casual comfort food eatery has opened in Temple Bar with a lip-smacking menu of seriously indulgent eats. Diners can pick up meals to-go, or those living within 5km of the eatery can order home-cooked classics directly to their front door via Deliveroo.
Stars of the MacDaddy menu include the much-loved all cheddar classic Mac & Cheese or ‘Cheese Monster’ €12, elevating a classic side dish to a glorious main. Diners can go the whole hog, with different mac & cheese pairings, such the ‘Pig Mac’ €16.50 with pulled pork & slaw, the ‘Don Juan’ with chorizo & cajun spice €15.50 or the ‘Winger’ €16.50 with buffalo honey butter, popcorn chicken and blue cheese ranch dressing.
Still feeling peckish? Choose from four buttermilk fried chicken sandos with all the trimmings, (priced €9.95), along with Popcorn Chicken €8.50 and Waffle Fries €3.95. If you have kids in tow, there’s a mini cheese-mac or popcorn chicken with fries (€8.50). Finally, if you’re really craving a comfort hit, you can round things off with the Deep Fried Oreos and white chocolate dipping sauce €6.50.
Set to become one of Dublin’s cult-food favourites, owner Joey Somers has already won the hearts of sambo loving folk, with his successful New York inspired sandwich shop Doughboys– now an iconic lunch-time spot for those craving a top notch sambo.
While Doughboys has gone from strength to strength since 2014, the expansion into a new unit in Dublin City’s Temple Bar was taken down by Covid having been closed since March 2020. Unafraid of a challenge, Somers pivoted to develop MacDaddy, pairing classic dishes with a fun and delicious twist.
‘Unfortunately, like all hospitality businesses, Doughboys was badly hit by the COVID pandemic’ explains Somers, the Temple Bar premises had to close on March 14th 2020 and has remained shut ever since. Rather than lose the premises, I decided to develop MacDaddy, a casual comfort food eatery in the heart of Dublin’, explains Joey.
‘Diners can choose from super indulgent mac and cheese mains, fried chicken, fries, sides & deep fried oreos, and we’re only getting started – this is the ultimate comfort food’, he finishes.