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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Hidden Gems #1 – Khow Thai

Galway has such a large variety of restaurants to choose from however not all of them are as easy to find. We’ve decided to start a ‘Hidden Gems’ series of blogs discussing some of our preferred places to eat that are considered to be off the beat and track. Firstly, what would you say if we told you that one of the nicest Thai Restaurants is currently in operation in Liosbaun Industrial estate? I’m talking about a place called Khow Thai.22490208_1967868576866556_926492584814557220_n

Khow Thai is an authentic Thai restaurant focusing on simple dining in-house while catering for takeaway, collection and home delivery at great prices. Providing a truly authentic Thai experience, they use only the freshest ingredients and products from unique Thai suppliers to create authentic Traditional Thai dishes.

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In the kitchen, all of the chefs are Thai Nationals ensuring you will experience all the sounds, smells, and tastes of Thailand. Their prices are extremely pleasing too it must be said, for example, their starters range from Spicy Chili Squid at €6 to the more tempting €5.50 for 6 hours roasted Prok Ribs.

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In the end, whatever you do choose, you won’t be disappointed. Let us know if you have any suggestions of what you would consider a ‘Hidden Gem’ and remember to subscribe through your email so you get updates on all the best eateries in Galway.
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ARTISAN OPTIONS #2 – Harvest Moon Foods

Following on from the first installment of our Artisan Options series (find it here), we’ve decided to showcase another producer who we absolutely love – Harvest Moon Foods 

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Delicious Hummus & Pesto which are dairy & gluten-free made by a company from the heart of Co. Mayo. Set up in 2012, Angela Carney developed a range that included using only fresh lemon juice, fresh herbs, and fresh garlic. All of the chickpeas they use are soaked and cooked by their team daily.

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(Their Sweet Potato & Coriander Hummus is by far my favourite)

You’ll find their products in SuperValu stores around the country and in a number of other local shops. You can find a stockist list here

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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 Napoli

If you have ever ventured to Galway’s Latin Quater on a night out, you will surely have stopped off at Pizza Napoli afterward. Not to be confused with a typical place you only visit after a night on the town, Pizza 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