Well it’s the start of yet another week. Hopefully your Monday wasn’t too bad and the rest of the week follows suit. For today’s post here on the blog I thought I’d share a few of my current favourite places to grab a bite in Galway. There literally are so many places to try out, with new ones popping up all the time. But these are just a few that have made an impression on me, and I love returning to when I can.
The Old Barracks, Athenry
I live in Turloughmore, which is only a short drive to Athenry. And whenever I’m there, for whatever reason, I usually end up squeezing in a stop at The Old Barracks. It’s a family owned restaurant and bakery, and as the name suggests, the building was originally a Garda barracks many years ago, but it has since been transformed into a contemporary eatery in the heart of the town in recent times. The menu is always delicious, and they even have a healthy menu in conjunction with the local gym for those looking to dine out but still stay on track with their health and fitness plan. There is plenty of great dishes on offer, but I recommend the Pulled Pork Brioche Bun, which consists of tender pulled pork in a homemade spicy BBQ sauce on a brioche bun, with red cabbage slaw and a side of Piri Piri fries. So good!
Dough Bros, Middle Street, Galway City
For the best wood fired pizza in Galway, you have to make a stop at Dough Bros. They started out in 2013 as a food truck, travelling around serving delicious pizza at markets and festivals. As their reputation continued to grow, they upgraded to a pop up shop in the summer of 2014, and it was literally a case of queues out the door and down the street. This led to them expanding soon after to the place they currently operate out of on Middle Street in Galway, which has a really chilled out vibe to it to compliment the scrumptious pizza. Try the Hail Caesar – lemon chicken, smoked pancetta, rocket, croutons, homemade caesar dressing and parmesan. Heaven!
The Burgatory, Quay Lane, Latin Quarter
Much like Dough Bros, The Burgatory also started out as a food truck travelling around to markets and festivals. They have set up shop now in Quay Lane and seem to be getting more popular by the day. The place they are in at the moment is quite small, so consider booking a table if you fancy going so as not to be disappointed. The first time I went there, they were full up, and booked out for the rest of the evening. I expect they will be moving to a larger premises soon, the more their popularity grows. At The Burgatory, they are all about the classic burgers, fires and shakes done just right. I recommend the Deadly Chicken Burger, with Chilli Cheese Fries and a Chocolate Milkshake to wash it all down. Delish!
Caprice, 1 Church Lane
I’ve been a big fan of Caprice since it opened it’s doors to the public last year. It’s one the chicest spots to dine in Galway, with a luxurious interior that really puts you at ease when you walk in. It’s a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and perfect for work nights out or just a small get together for a catch up. I recommend popping in for breakfast and sampling their Brioche French Toast, topped with crispy bacon and maple syrup. Perfect for setting you up for the day ahead.
Zappi’s, Eglington Street Galway
Zappi’s is a recent find, which I stumbled across while doing some shopping in the city, but it’s already one of my favourites. Specialising in Italian cuisine, they have some mouthwatering pizza, pasta and dessert dishes. Just a heads up before you go. Don’t just go in and take a seat like I did and wait to be served. You have to go right up to the counter and place your order there, and it is swiped onto a card which is swiped again when you go to pay on the way out. It’s a bit different, but once you know the setup, you’re fine. I recommend the Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta with onions and tomato sauce, served with fresh crusty bread and parmesan for sprinkling. Bellissimo!
Creole, Dominick Street
So, I’ve only been to Creole once, but I have been dreaming about their BBQ Board ever since, so a repeat visit is definitely on the cards. The BBQ Board is made up of an Irish steak skewer, BBQ back ribs, pork belly, pulled pork & smoked cheese crostini, with a side of coleslaw and chargrilled corn. My stomach is actually rumbling as I type this. You can find Creole in Lower Dominick Street, and there are actually a couple of other restaurants that have opened up down there that are on my list to try as well.
So, there you have it. Just a few of my current favourite places for dining out in Galway. If you have any to recommendations, please feel free to leave a comment or get in contact on social media. All the links are at the top and bottom of all my posts.
Have a great week! ✌🏻