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Cafe in Limerick | Different is Good

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 fast food

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30 Mallow St. Limerick. CALL (085) 215 3212

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  • Canteen the best Cafe in Limerick

About

simple things done well!

‘Writing about music is like dancing about architecture’ a quote attributed to several people (Laurie Anderson, Steve Martin, Frank Zappa, Martin Mull, Elvis Costello, Thelonius Monk) and it came to mind when Elaine asked me to write the ‘about’ text for the website. A cafe is about eating the food and experiencing the atmosphere. Getting your ten minutes of ‘me’ time; drinking that perfect flat white, or meeting a good friend who you just don’t get to meet as much as you’d like. You have your favourite seat, your must have; wrap, lunchbox or salad every time you come in. What ‘Canteen’ is to others is not for me to say.

For me it’s a place of work firstly, where targets need to be set and met, where  bills and wages have to be paid weekly. Secondly it fulfills a dream I always had of owning my own business. Thirdly it’s a chance to change people’s perceptions that food can be fast, simple local and good. You should feel healthier when you finish your meal than went you started. With the Irish fondness for self-deprecation it’s hard for me to say how great or bad we really are, plus nobody reads ‘about’ section anyhow… So here is what others have said about us…

John McKenna / Tom Doorley/Pól Ó Conghaile

  • breakfast bagel

  • french toast

  • aztecs porridge

  • porridge with super seeds & raspberries

  • green eggs and ham

  • amazing organic meatballs

  • pulled pork wrap

  • superfood burren smoked mackerel, pea & walnut

  • super slaw

  • smokey chilli chicken wrap

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The Team

nice, friendly and mostly happy!

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    elaina
    • Likes: Disney, singing out loud, being comfy, dogs
    • Dislikes: brussels sprouts, being cold
    • Favorite Albums: Pixies Doolittle
    • Favorite Films: eternal sunshine of a spotless mind
    • OCD About: counting electricity pylons while in cars
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    tiffany
    • Likes: avocados, battered sausages, a good nose, fashion magazines,
    • Dislikes: condescension, mayonnaise, faded black
    • Favorite Albums: Childish Gambino: Camp
    • Favorite Films: When Harry Met Sally,
    • OCD About: water spots on cutlery, boot height relative to leg length/calf width
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    dalton
    • Likes: coffee, wine, sitting on stoops, herbs
    • Dislikes: artificial flowers
    • Favorite Albums: the doors: the doors
    • Favorite Films: taxi driver
    • OCD About: placement of things
  • Paul
    paul
    • Likes: swimming in the sea, lists & running
    • Dislikes: TV, slice pans & melted butter on toast
    • Favorite Albums: Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On
    • Favorite Films: Whale Rider
    • OCD About: good food, being on time, wearing odd socks
    Dave
    dave
    • Likes: Fixing things, roller derby and dogs & cats
    • Dislikes: Aubergines, football
    • Favorite Albums: 1 Giant Leap
    • Favorite Films: Bucket List
    • OCD About: Tidiness, order… basically everything
    Debra
    debra
    • Likes: Live music, beards & tattoos
    • Dislikes: Sport, nightclubs & coconut
    • Favorite Albums: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do
    • Favorite Films: Into the Wild
    • OCD About: Music collection, bad spell’in
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  • super seed muffin

  • coffee

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Journal

bits & pieces

  • Canteen the best Cafe in Limerick
    The management meeting of one
    It’s the hardest meeting there is to have (Feb 9, 2014) Just you staring back at yourself in the mirror There’s no one else to blame, there’s no one else to

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    Version 2
    11 things I learned in 2015
    i didn’t have any time to blog in 2015 it takes 50% more staff to run canteen now   i need to take more days off in 2016 if you

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    Reflect
    We are better at this than you
    For those of you who copy us; our name, our menu and our ideas,   We don’t mind; ideas come easy to us.   It seems they come hard to

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    please complain
    If you’re not happy, we’re not happy. Simple. Our business runs and only runs on customers. We are never guaranteed customers. We could open and have no one come in

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    summer
    Our biggest competitor is…...
    At a rough count, eight new coffee/food outlets have opened in the last 12 months in Limerick City. Some very similar, some very different. Some large international chains, some small

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    the fat duck
    life at the Fat Duck
      Once upon a time in a land far far away I lived in a tiny village with two three star Michelin restaurants and I worked in one of them

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