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July 8, 2013

Bookish Restaurants for Book Lovers

TheWindingStairWhen I was growing up, our house overflowed with books.  Mom was (and is) a writer, and my dad was a professor and college administrator.  My parents also loved to cook.  At ages six and seven, one of my favorite games of Pretend involved owning a bookstore-restaurant (located on the loft/attic-like top floor of our house in Maryland), a place I ran myself when I wasn’t traveling the globe with my rock band solving crimes.  My mother would ask for a table and I would serve her snacks among the books.

“May I read as I eat?” she would ask.  “Of course,” I would answer.  “That is the whole point.”

Last Halloween, my fiancé and BFF and I wound up our Great Irish Adventure with a lunch at The Winding Stair, this charming little slip of a restaurant on Dublin’s Lower Quay, overlooking the River Liffey.  (I love how charming and literary that sentence sounds.  Ah, Ireland…)  The bookstore-café takes its name from William Butler Yeats’s poem–

“My Soul. I summon to the winding ancient stair;
Set all your mind upon the steep ascent,
Upon the broken, crumbling battlement,
Upon the breathless starlit air…”

If you ever find yourself in Dublin, I can’t recommend The Winding Stair enough for the food and the atmosphere– in the small, bright space above the bookstore, among the books lining the walls, we ate The Best Shepherd’s Pie Ever.

My own home city, Los Angeles, has its share of books and bars, but here are some other book-themed eateries from around the world, all of which I’m longing to see.

If you have any favorite literary bar/restaurants, please share– I’d love to know about them and add them to my travel list!