This Aladdin’s cave of a shop and ready meal takeaway promises ‘Restaurant Quality at Home’ – and they should know, as every freshly prepared dish on their takeaway deli menu is made in a dedicated kitchen at their popular restaurant The Cornstore, just across the road.
Owner Padraic Frawley really has his finger on the pulse of the city’s foodies at this unique deli and speciality store. Known with good reason as ‘Limerick’s Fallon & Byrne’, it offers a fantastic choice of homemade freshly-prepared ready meals (as well as dressings, breads, preserves etc) backed up by an extensive and carefully selected range of products from other quality producers such as Curraghchase pork from west Limerick, other meats from McCarthy’s butchers in Kanturk, Ummera smoked chicken from Co Cork and (Wed-Sat only) sushi by Sushi King.
Other respected names on the shelves include Foods of Athenry (great bakers, now with a growing choice of really delicious gluten-free cakes and cookies), O’Donnell hand cooked Tipperary crisps, soft drinks and juices by Wild Orchard (Limerick) and Karmine (Tipperary), Ditty’s oatcakes from Co Derry and biscuits from Seymour’s of Cork, Mileeven honey from Kilkenny.
Then there are serious sweet treats from suppliers such as The Chocolate Garden (Wicklow Fine Foods) as well as local food heroine Nicole Dunphy’s Pandora Bell (Limerick), to name but two – and they now produce their own in-house range of ‘macarons’ too...
But if you’re wondering about the healthy options, you’ll also find some interesting choices for your five a day here too. Even before Padraic took it over, this shop was known for its exceptional range of fruit and veg, and that’s a tradition he’s keen to uphold by seeking out named varieties of fresh produce in season, local and organic where possible.
Well worth a visit at any time – and, if you call in on the first Saturday of the month at 12 noon or 1pm, you can also hone your cooking skills here, when guest chef Andrew Carey works with local suppliers to create a special monthly menu for the Cornstore’s ‘Keep Calm and Cook’ demonstrations.