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Ard Bia at Nimmos

Glorious Gluten-Free Galway
No traveler's meal is more crucial than the one after an overnight transatlantic flight, four hours of buses and trains, and (finally!) a shower. An Irish friend who knows my passion for good food recommended Ard Bia in Galway, a two-minute walk from where I stayed. My expectations remain fairly low for quality gluten-free food on the road, but Ard Bia, its attentive staff, and amazing fare far exceeded them.

My table at an open window overlooking Ballyknow Quay afforded a delightful sensory experience--rushing water and the craic of a beautiful (sunny!) summer afternoon in Galway--as I waited for my food. I also paged through the Ard Bia cookbook as I sat. First up was the Ard Bia mezze--a white bean hummus, muhumara, and smoked chili and feta, all served with gluten-free bread and so very remarkable after 24 hours of airplane/train food and backpack snacks that I almost cried. I had the pan-fried Irish hake, with chorizo, mussels, and clams as my main, and experienced my first-ever taste of samphire. There was barely any room for the gluten-free chocolate cake and sea salt ice cream, so they packaged up the cake for me (a lovely snack the following afternoon). The staff was laid-back, friendly, and not at all flummoxed by my gluten-free state.

Ard Bia was my top pick for Galway, followed by Vina Mara (equally accommodating in the gluten-free department, though Ard Bia's atmosphere and flavor won out). Make reservations at each of these restaurants.
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A rare sunny moment in Galway.
Galway is beautiful whether it rains or shines. I spent a couple of lunchtime hours sitting on the banks of the river taking in the sights. You also get a good view here of a super delicious and super hip restaurant called Ard Bia. Highly recommended.
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Go Organic in Ireland
Just when you thought the locavore organic movement could not have survived in this land of fried chips and meat of questionable origin, think again. Nimmos serves the gourmet organic food made from local ingredients in the requisite rustic atmosphere that you’ve come to know and love from your favorite Brooklyn haunts. Artsy locals crowded the place when we visited its charming location behind the Spanish Arch and overlooking the water.
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Ireland in every bite
The truth about Ard Bia is that it just feels good to be here. They have captured all that is wonderful about Ireland - the kindness, the beauty, the amazing local food - and they share it with their guests. You will feel immediately at home among the wooden topped tables, mismatched chairs and moroccan crockery. This is a foodie paradise and the menu showcases product from nearby farms in unique and interesting ways. Be sure to save room for dessert and go home with their amazing cookbook!
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Ard Bia at Nimmos
In an atmospheric stone building near the landmark Spanish Arch, Ard Bia, which is Gaelic for “high food,” endures as one of Galway’s hottest restaurants. Despite its popularity, its atmosphere is relaxed and unfussy. Locally sourced ingredients like Killary Harbour mussels and Galway-reared beef are given simple but flavorful treatment with some exotic accents.
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Ard Bia at Nimmos
A lovely cozy space in a stone building near the Spanish Arch in Galway, this is the kind of place you might arrive to for breakfast, still be there at lunch and then return for dinner (if you can get a reservation, that is). Food is a mix of everything from Irish to Mediterranean, with influences from the Middle East, India, Lebanon and New Zealand added in. At breakfast time, there’s everything from a breakfast bap with sausages and eggs to granola and pancakes, while the lunch menu features power salads, steak burgers and mezze with sourdough bread. If you’re back for dinner (or indeed, if you never left), tuck into dishes like pan roasted West Cork hake or pea, potato and mint gnocchi.

Spanish Arch, Long Walk, Galway, H91 E9XA, Ireland
+353 91 561 114
Sat, Sun 10am - 3pm
Sun - Sat 6pm - 9pm
Mon - Fri 10am - 3:30pm