A Taste of Dublin: Gallagher’s Boxty House
As I mentioned last week, I recently went on my dream trip to Ireland. I’ve been planning this trip since I was a teenager and let me tell you, it was everything I thought it would be and more. On one of the last full days in Dublin, my mom and I decided to visit the main “must-sees” — Kilmainham Gaol for a short history lesson on the 1916 Easter Rising, the National Museum of Ireland to peek at the bog people, Temple Bar to see this popular nightlife spot and this boxty house.
Boxty is a traditional Irish pancake made mostly of grated and mashed potatoes. It can be cooked in various ways (boiled, on a griddle, fried, etc.) and can be served plain or with a mixture of toppings and stuffings. Basically, boxty is one versatile, fluffy pancake.
Since we only wanted a quick bite to eat so we could continue exploring Dublin, my mom and I decided to order light and share. The portions are more than enough to keep one person full, so sharing two dishes and a bottle of Guinness was super satisfying. And, with dishes between 15-20 euros, I’d consider this a reasonably priced find for Dublin. Note that if you are looking for a breakfast boxty, plan on eating late. Like most other restaurants (and sights) in Ireland, things open late and close even later.
20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
What to Order:
Drinks: Get the Guinness Dublin Porter. It’s perfect for washing down the rich sauce served with the boxty.
Main: We recommend the all-popular Gaelic Boxty, served with Irish fillet beef, a whiskey and mushroom cream sauce and wrapped in a boxty pancake. If you are looking for a little green, try the Goat Cheese and Beetroot salad, served with sweet oranges, rich goat cheese and fresh beets.
Bonus: Get the Boxty Potato Pancake Mix, great if you want to make traditional boxty at home.
As an extra, here’s a picture of my mom and I by the River Liffey!