Good Day All
I’ve been super quite on here for the last two weeks, so apologies for that. It’s the final weeks of semester 2 here in college, and I’ve been working on assignments that have to be submitted by the end of the month. I can’t wait to be finished to be honest. I mean, I still have to write my dissertation over the summer, but at least I’ll have the main college stuff done, dusted and out-of-the-way. It’s a weird feeling to be almost finished now. I remember when I graduated from my undergrad, I hadn’t a clue where I was going or what I was doing, but I knew that the door to college was still open and that I’d go back and do something at some stage. Then I decided on Journalism, and here I am, and I can safely say that the door is now firmly closed on college. My aunt recently linked me on something about new funding for PHD’s and I was like: “I hope you’re joking”. I think I’d lose my mind if I was looking at another four years.
I’m trying and failing to write a Media Ethics essay at the moment, so I thought I’d take a break and write a little post to get back into the blogosphere. For this one I thought I’d share some of my favourite places around Galway to grab a bite to eat. Hopefully, you’ll get some inspiration for your next catch up with friends, because what’s better than talking s**te and having some good food?
Located on the corner between Church Lane and Market Street in Galway City, Caprice has become one my favourite places to eat at the moment, and I’m certainly not the only one. The combination of a chic, contemporary design and fresh, delicious food has made it an invigorating hotspot in the city, that always draws an eclectic mix of people. I recommend heading there for breakfast and starting your day with delicious Brioche French Toast, with crispy bacon and maple syrup. Perfect!
The Old Barracks on Cross Street in Athenry has been a favourite of mine since it opened in 2010. Located in a repurposed Royal Irish Constabulary Barracks, it’s a quaint little eatery that is popular with locals and the surrounding areas. They also have a sumptuous bakery, with cakes and pastries that taste just as good as they look. And for the health conscious among you, they have a healthy menu in conjunction with District Fitness just a short walk down the road. It’s a great place for lunch, and a personal favourite dish of mine is the Chicken Quesadillas, with sour cream and tomato salsa.
McCambridges is a must when you are down Shop Street in Galway. I’ve only actually eaten here once, but I’d heard such amazing things from people before I did, and after. Before you head upstairs for the restaurants offerings, you can browse all the amazing hampers that are McCambridges signature. Once you get upstairs, try the Lamb Burger with sweet potato fries and a side salad. It’s to die for.
Located not far outside Galway City, and over-looking Lough Atalia, The Huntsman is a great spot with some really tasty food. It has a unique vibe, in that you’ll see a mixture of people looking for a chilled out night of dinner and drinks or people on an all important business lunch. As far as what I’d recommend, have the Chicken Goujons. An old school favourite, cooked to perfection, with a delicious garlic sauce.
You can find 56 Central about half way down Shop Street in Galway City, so it’s perfect if you’re in doing a bit of browsing around the shops. Why not opt for a Flat Bread Pizza, served with homemade slaw, while you’re there. My personal favourite topping is the pepperoni, jalapeño, mozzarella cheese one. The restaurant itself is a bit strange, decor and layout wise, so the ambience is a bit weird. But, the food is nice, and as it’s located upstairs, you get a good view of shop street. Perfect for people-watching.
I love a good pizza. And the Dough Bros is the place to go in Galway City if you fancy some. They had a smaller place on Abbeygate Street which became really popular, so they moved to a bigger premises on Middle Street in Galway. The pizza varieties are delicious, mixing some really tasty ingredients. My favourite is the Hail Caesar, which is essentially a caesar salad on a pizza, consisting of lemon chicken, smoked pancetta, fresh rocket, croutons, homemade caesar and parmesan. Charlie Burns book shop is also just down the street, that is a book lovers dream, so make sure to head down after you fill your belly and have a browse.
So, there you have it guys. Just a few of my current favourite places to grab a bite in Galway. If you have any other suggests, let me know. Or if you’ve been to any of the above recently, how was your experience?
Now, back to my torturous essay (sigh). Until next time ✌🏻