The Best Places For Burgers In Galway

Forget all that fancy nonsense for a minute and just put a massive burger in front of me. Thankfully, the burger scene has absolutely exploded in recent times throughout the city and we are now blessed with a variety of options, each with their own unique take on the classic comfort food. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best places to get a burger in Galway. At the minute, they’re in no particular order but each of them is worth trying.

Handsome Burger

It would be ridiculous of anyone to put together a list of where to get a good burger in Galway and ignore a restaurant known solely for their good food. Handsome Burger, on Dominick Street, have been getting rave reviews since they opened up their new establishment in Galway’s Westend. Be warned, taking one look at their social media channels is only going to result in saliva flowing from your mouth in anticipation of those juicy creations.56968306_2387279821305910_4477235936991641600_n

The BurgerStory

Brought to you by the team at Martine’s of Quay Street, The BurgerStory define themselves as US-style burgers. Their menu makes extensive use of high-end Irish & locally produced ingredients, including McCarthy’s of Kanturk black pudding in the signature “Damnation Burger”. With the Summer months upcoming, their outdoor seating by the Spanish Arch is a bit of a game changer.57247067_792216567806986_7277425511561691136_n

(The Damnation Burger in all its glory)

BóTOWN

We’ve been huge supporters of BóTOWN since they opened, not only is their food delicious but the whole story behind their business is worth hearing. If you get a chance to meet either of the owners when you’re in, make sure to ask them a bit about it – it’s fascinating. 49592367_360592108088265_6275984363863670784_n

The youngest addition to our list in terms of the length it’s been open, BóTOWN is actually a neighbour of Handsome Burger, adding to the already overflowing culinary scene in Dominick Street.

The Chili Shack

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We’re creatures of habit. If we find a place we enjoy, we’ll always make sure to go back for more, often at the expense of trying somewhere new. The Chili Shack is the original innovator in Galway when it comes to the Burger scene. With it’s easy going, relaxed vibe, The Chili Shack’s Burger menu is smaller than the other options on this list but what they do, they do well.

If you’re like me and you have a student ID from a number of years ago with the expiry date rubbed off, you can claim 10% off Monday – Wednesday too!

Wholly Cow Burgers

Want to avoid the city centre? Wholly Cow Burgers offer more than just an excuse not to head into town with their no-fuss burgers. They use the simple rule of using high-quality ingredients including succulent meats that are bursting with flavour.27752365_144169929598237_8430097816116889299_n

As an added bonus, they are very environmentally friendly with 100% compostable packaging and by keeping all of their food waste to a minimum.

Of course, there are many other places we love to grab a burger including Scotty’s & Caribou to name but a few, but we can’t go through them all! If you have any other suggestions let us know and if you like this, you might want to read our blog on the ‘Top 5 Pizza Places in Galway’

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HIDDEN GEMS #2 – C’est la Vie

After our first Hidden Gem blog a couple of months back, a recent discovery has excited us beyond belief. We’re talking about C’est la Vie, a traditional French boulangerie.

Using only traditional French methods, they create delicious breads with the finest organic flours. As well as being a bakery, they are a café first and foremost. They open at 8am where they serve breakfast with a gorgeous choice of teas, coffee, hot chocolate and freshly baked viennoiseries (croissants, pains au chocolat & danishes). For lunch, there’s a choice of sandwiches, ham & cheese croissants, sausage rolls, quiches and croque-monsieur. Whether you prefer to eat meat, fish or are vegetarian, there is something for you!

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(The smell of that freshly baked bread is magical)

Then anytime during the day, you might be tempted to try one of their patisseries: strawberry pies, apple pies, chocolate eclairs, lemon meringue tarts and more depending on the seasons. Be careful to get there early as stocks are limited!
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Christmas Comfort Food

With Christmas just around the corner, Galway City is manic with shoppers from early morning until late evening. With the last minute rush on to keep loved ones and family members happy with well thought out gifts, it can be difficult to squeeze in some home cooking at the same time. Fear not, however, we’ve put together a few suggestions of what you can do to cure your hunger.

McHughs Traditional Bar & Restaurant 

A relatively new kid on the block in ways, McHughs Traditional Bar & Restaurant has been under new management since the Summertime when a major revamp of the building took place. With a warm atmosphere, open fire and a delicious menu, you can see why it has become a firm favourite of people all across Galway. What’s better, is that it’s outside of the City so you can always avoid the craziness of town. This will work particularly in your favour if you’re heading anywhere out of the City that means you travel on the Tuam Rd. Simply pop in for a bite to eat and wait for the traffic to ease off!46505766_2130686676961562_1809613478655164416_n

Christmas Markets

Of course one of the highlights from every Christmas of late has been the wonderful Christmas Markets in Eyre Square. Often criticised for its food heavy theme, this time it will well and truly play into your favour. With burger vans, crepe stalls and so much more on offer, you can grab something quick and get back to the shops.ferris-wheel-christmas-market1

The Dough Bros

I’d expect this one to be fairly busy but with two locations in the city, grabbing one of the nicest Pizzas in Galway might be just the treat you deserve.

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Fat Freddy’s

With over 30 years in the heart of Galway under their belt, anyone who has ever spent some time in Galway has visited Fat Freddy’s. With a large variety of options including Pizza, Pasta and salads, Fat Freddy’s is well worth a stop off. Vegans rejoice as they also have a range of Vegan options on their menu.

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BóTOWN

Craft Burgers & Beers await you at BóTown on Dominick Street. While it may not be a place you have heard of just yet, trust us when we say it’s a well-needed addition to the Galway food scene. After a couple of years working on restoring glory to their building, it finally opened in the last few months much to the joy of anyone who has tried their food.
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Introducing The Yard Galway

(Drum Roll) Ladies & Gentlemen, may we introduce to you Galway’s newest eatery The Yard39923918_301669317079352_3984091885168754688_n

To say we’re excited about this one would be a massive understatement. The Yard, situated at The House Hotel, opened it’s door towards the end of July. Serving a variety of foods, they are the next place you need to start a date night in. One of the most exciting aspects of this place is their take on your favourite dishes. Take the below image as an example for starters, a bag of nachos! 39921127_301670610412556_3385658964942258176_n

The other aspect I’m very excited about is their cocktails. Created by their team of highly skilled mixologists, you’ll instantly add The Yard to your list of places to go for a few post work drinks.38292873_283922942187323_4555338362491240448_n

This leads us perfectly onto the fact that we have dinner & cocktails up for grabs on our Instagram page. We’ll be picking a winner tomorrow so don’t miss your chance to enter! Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog so you can get an email with all the latest news around the food world in Galway #GalwayGrub

The Top 5 Pizza Places in Galway

It is fair to say that in Galway we are blessed with an amazing amount of wonderful restaurants. Throughout the city and it’s outskirts, you’ll find something for everyone to enjoy. Pizza is a firm favourite treat for most people, ourselves included, so we have put together this list of the ‘Top 5 Pizzas Places in Galway’. They are, in no particular order;

1. The Dough Bro’s Wood Oven Fired Pizza

No discussion around the best Pizza in Galway would be complete without The Dough Bro’s. Now entering their 5th year of business, the story of how Eugene & Ronan set up their now famous business is one we’re all familiar with. Thier Pizza is legendary, as is their unbeatable customer service and charm.IMG_1906

2. Pizza & Pasta Napoli

If you have ever ventured to Galway’s Latin Quater on a night out, you will surely have stopped off at Pizza & Pasta Napoli afterwards. Not to be confused with a typical place you only visit after a night on the town, Pizza & Pasta Napoli are specialists at what they do. Each slice is a mammoth portion in itself and you can take it with you and sit at the Spanish Arch on a nice day. 35742274_2134851853400820_3213784355260334080_o

3. Fat Freddy’s Restaurant

With 30 years in business, you’ll struggle to find a restaurant more steeped in Galway tradition than Fat Freddy’s. Generations have been raised here, marriage proposals a regular occurrence and some of Galway’s finest Chefs have started out working here. While they offer a variety of other foods, their best selling dishes would be their Pizzas. They also do Vegan Pizzas if you’re that way inclined. 37778261_2020093704690136_538002335234785280_n

They also run a Birthday Club every month through their social media where you can get yourself a free dessert on your birthday when you buy a main.

4. Crust Bucket

The new kid on the block, Crust Bucket offers you the chance to eat on a double-decker bus! Situated in the beautiful Beer Garden of Carroll’s Bar, Crust Bucket’s menu contains a mixture of flavours and combinations. With their large selection of beers, it’s the perfect stop off on a Friday evening to get the weekend started.header-image

5. McGinn’s Hop House

Woodquay’s very own McGinn’s Hop House completes our list as we look to cover every angle possible. With the Premier League back in action, you’ll be looking for somewhere to not only enjoy the matches but also to tickle your taste buds while you do it. Foleys-Hop-House-9

These are just some of the amazing options that are out there, we’ve just picked 5 of our favourites. If you have any other suggestions feel free to comment them below! Thank you for reading, don’t forget to subscribe so you can keep up to date with all of our latest blogs. #GalwayGrub