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Dunmore East is a small fishing village on
the south-east coast of Ireland, 16kms from
the city of Waterford.
It sits on the western side of the Waterford
Harbour Estuary, 4.8kms from Hook Head in
Dunmore East, Co. Waterford,
Looking in the window at the guy cooking the onions. He had this metal spatchelor thingy
and kept shovelling the onions into one corner of the hot plate. I can always remember the
smell of those onions and always reckoned that they were a large part of the Wimpy
cheeseburger flavour. We were always delighted when Mum forgot to make the school
lunches, because we would then get a few bob to go to the Wimpy Bar.
As far as I remember it was owned by one of the Reid brothers from Waterford, Eamonn, I
think. I remember his brother Tom Reid, because he installed the cold room in the
Candlelight in 1968.
Yes, the old Wimpy Bar outshone McDonalds or any other modern day FF outlet. I can also
remember going to the Wimpy for such treats. Sitting inside with a wimpy, chips, and coke,
and the burgers were the best I have ever tasted. I saw Simon there one day scoffing a
double wimpy with chips and two cokes, so I was immediately converted into a likewise
I always missed the Wimpy, and when in Ireland in 1998 while coming from Kerry I saw one
in Fermoy. I screeched to a halt and went in for tea. It was excellent, and much like the
Wimpy of old in Waterford.
I would also visit Tony De La Cata during my school years at John Street.
'The Venetian Cafe'. Tony was not all that flash, but his stuff was pretty good. I would buy
two battered sausages with some chips. It was really tasty, and if you sat at a table Tony
always served his food on plain white plates. He would also dole out a free plate of grub to
any of the old Men of the city who were homeless.
I cannot understand how come Dunmore just cannot get it right with regard to chip shops.
Frozen chips and the like will never entice people into such establishments. I do believe
there's a huge opening in Dunmore for a good chip shop, where dripping is used instead of
oil, and potato chips are freshly cut. Lettuce and other such horse food should be banned
from burgers forever, and its not all that hard to get a nice chicken recipe as long as the
pieces are steamed like KFC, and not just dropped into hot fat and cremated prior to selling.
From Louis, 23-08-07
As an addendum to this story, I was in Ireland last week and was driving from Kinsale to
Dublin. I stopped at a town in Kilkenny on the main Cork-Dublin road, Graignamanagh I think
it was, and there I saw a Wimpy bar before me.
There were two main differences to the Wimpy bars I remember of old, it was a take-away
service only and the three lads working there were all Polish.
The Wimpy Bar in Waterford