The people, places and things that make Dublin special.
When Justin Timberlake’s parents were there, where was Justin? This is a legitimate question when you look up at the Leo Burdock‘s Hall Of Fame. Justin’s parents are listed on the wall, while he himself is notably absent. The chipper is renowned for pulling in big names and listing them proudly on its wall. Spandau Ballet, Ray Charles, Ben Kinsley, even Edith Piaf. A possible supergroup? Bruce Springsteen was there just a few months ago. And he’s been before – the Boss is known for his love of fish and chips. They pull in other names too. Local ones, maybe less well known, who come time and time again.
Open up the bag, and let out that quintessential chip smell. You hurriedly blow on the contents inside to hasten the cooling process. No, you’re going to have to wait. But the sooner you do that, the sooner you can feast on the goodness inside. There’s those seriously crispy, golden chips that are oh so soft in the middle. And not forgetting those strips of fresh fish in that glorious batter.
Leo Burdocks is Leo Burdocks. The chipper is known the city over. It’s just one of those things in Dublin, like a piece of furniture that’s always been there. You don’t remember the first time seeing it because it’s always been a fixture. But what is it about the place? How’s it been there so long? Dublin.ie is on the case.
We’ve got Darren Salmon on hand to help us. A good name to have in a chipper, he quips. Mr. Salmon, has been there for 22 years. He began as a runner, bringing the potatoes up the hill to the original Leo Burdocks here at Christchurch on Werburgh Street. He’s worked in some of the other Burdocks chippers too, but he’s been manager at Christchurch for the last 8 years.
Dubs will always have their chipper preference, but Leo Burdocks is quite a name. Do they feel any pressure? “It’s a big name to behold”, says Salmon. Leo Burdocks first opened its doors in 1913. It’s older than the state. There’s been revolution, a civil war, two world wars. During the second one it had to close its doors due to shortages, but they reopened soon after. Governments have come and gone. It’s seen recession, boom, and bust, and they’re still there serving those all important fish and chips.