21 Things Everyone Must Eat In Glasgow
Don’t have a hotdog, have a notdog.
1. The Classic Beef Pho at Hanoi Bike Shop.
This spicy noodle broth is made fresh “pho” customers every day at this pretty, tucked away Vietnamese canteen on Ruthven Lane. It’s a mixture of beef fillet, flank and slow cooked ox cheek with spring onions, fresh herbs and chilli.
2. The Cali Burger at Bread Meats Bread.
This gourmet burger joint turned heads when it introduced the wildly popular Cali Burger last year: two mustard-fried patties on a brioche bun. It’s available for the next two weeks as a special with plans to make it a permanent menu fixture.
3. The “Notdog” at Bloc.
This amazing mixture of falafel, veggie chilli, walnuts, avocado, cheese sauce, apricots and American mustard is definitely not a hotdog: it’s much, much better. You can also get a vegan version.
4. The Oreo Milkshake at Grill On The Corner.
This elegant grill kitchen on Bothwell Street looks quite sensible, but this indulgent milkshake proves it also has a fun side. If Oreos aren’t your thing, you can opt for a Nutella or ginger nut biscuit milkshake instead.
5. Seitan Asada at The Squid and Whale.
The vegan version of “Carne Asada” (lit: “grilled meat”) at this cosy city centre bar is made with seitan, a popular meat substitute. The seitan is marinaded in fresh lime and spices and served with guacamole, jalapenos, rice, refritos, or in a burrito.
6. The Piggy Back Burger at Roast.
This home made steak burger topped with pulled pork and swiss cheese is to die for. It’s a special so it isn’t always on the menu, but their (permanent) slow cooked, shredded brisket roll with garlic mushrooms is just as good.
7. Slow cooked barbecue pork tacos at Taco Mazama.
This efficient, friendly Mexican cantina offers fresh tacos, burritos, quesadillas and fajitas with a wide range of delicious and authentic fillings. Also, if you can finish their giant, £14.99 burrito you get it for free. Now that’s food for thought.
8. Vegan black pudding and beetroot wrap at Stereo.
Treat yo self indeed. This wrap makes a frequent appearance as a special at this laid back city centre vegan café. You can also sample their version of black pudding as part of the full cooked breakfast at weekends.
9. Sev Puri at Babu Bombay Street Kitchen.
If you’ve never visited this pukka Indian street food cafe, you’re really missing out. Their sev puri – deep fried Indian bread loaded with potatoes, chaat masala and chutney and topped with crispy lentil vermicelli – is the ultimate daytime snack.
10. The Chilli Cheese Dog at Lebowskis.
This artery hardening bad boy is actually a beechwood smoked beef hotdog topped with freshly made chilli and melted Lockerbie cheddar. You should definitely wash it down with one of their 26 varieties of White Russian.
11. Roasted root vegetable, chilli and puy lentil salad at The Glad Cafe.
This cheerful, bohemian cafe and venue in Shawlands offers a wide range of mains, but this delicious and healthy winter warmer salad is a particular highlight.
12. Eggs Benedict at The Hyndland Fox.
The relaxed atmosphere of The Hyndland Fox – an offshoot of the popular deli chain Peckhams – is the perfect place to enjoy this classic combination of poached eggs, bacon and hollandaise sauce on a toasted muffin.
13. Vegan bÃ¡nh mÃ¬ at Mono.
A classic Vietnamese bánh mì sandwich often includes seasoned pork belly, but this airy vegan cafe bar near Trongate offers a delicious meat free version that combines crispy smoked tofu, sriracha mayo, onion, pickled carrot and cucumber.
14. The Smoked Tasting Plate at The Meat Bar.
You won’t find any tofu tacos or seitan sandwiches at this unashamedly meaty eaterie on West Regent Street, but you will find this delicious home smoked platter of chicken wings, pulled pork, venison ribs and rabbit meatballs.
15. A full vegan breakfast at 13th Note.
This lively vegetarian-vegan cafe and music venue is the perfect place to grab a meat free brunch, which includes two slices of delicious veggie bacon made from rashers of seasoned tempeh.
16. Brioche french toast at Cafe Gandolfi.
The stained glass windows (and stunning driftwood furniture by artist Tim Stead) in this venerable Glasgow café are almost as gorgeous as its fruity, yoghurty, maple syrup covered French toast.
17. Vegetarian haggis fritters at Saramago CafÃ©.
Saramago Café is part of the Centre for Contemporary Arts on Sauchiehall Street. You can enjoy these tasty fritters on the vegetarian café’s sunny roof terrace…on the few days a year that it’s actually warm enough to go outside.
18. Macaroni pie and chips at Old Salty’s.
This cosy café in Finnieston isn’t your average chippy: its modern dining area with exposed stonework is a stylish place to enjoy a freshly made, carbohydrate filled macaroni pie brimming with tangy cheddar cheese.
19. The Witchfynder General bagel at Where The Monkey Sleeps.
Chorizo, smoked cheese, chicken, spring onion and chilli mayo. Get in my face.
20. Rare roast beef, beetroot and horseradish salad at Kember & Jones.
If you’re craving the flavours of a roast dinner in a slightly healthier format then you should definitely try this colourful, tasty salad from Kember & Jones, an elegant deli café and cookware shop on Byres Road.
21. Candied hazelnut doughnuts with a white chocolate and tonka bean dip at Drygate Brewhouse.
As well as producing a range of unusual ales and interesting IPAs, Drygate Brewery have also created these incredible white chocolate doughnuts that will make even the burliest, beardiest real ale fan CRY TEARS OF UTTER JOY.