Galway continues to be recognised as the foodie capital of Ireland, this week being named the "finest city to eat in Ireland" by McKenna's Guides Top 100 Restaurants.
The influential guide published its list this week in the form of a downloadable app, based on its criteria of fine food with welcoming atmospheres.
Restaurants in Galway make up eight of the total of 100, including three new entries. The quality of these, as well as the city's transformation into a gastronomic hotspot, is what stood out for writers John and Sally McKenna.
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“Galway’s ascent exists in comparison to its history. Go back a decade and it was a poor city to eat in, maybe two to three entries. Today, it’s the fact that the standards are so high,” said John McKenna, speaking to the Galway Advertiser.
The guide, available on Google Play and iTunes, has some eyebrow-raising inclusions as well as omissions. Ireland's only two Michelin Star restaurant Patrick Guilbaud doesn't make the list, while a food shack in Derry and a pizza parlor in Donegal does.
The full list is available on the app, the Galway entries are listed below:
Aniar, Lower Dominick Street Ard Bia at Nimmo’s, Spanish Arch Cava Bodega, Middle Street Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites, Inis Meain Kai Cafe + Restaurant, Sea Road Loam, Geatta Na Cathrach, Fairgreen (new entry) McCambridges, Shop Street (new entry) Upstairs @ West, Barna (new entry)