Eating Out: Max's Bar & Grill

Eating Out: Max’s Bar & Grill

Eating Out: Max's Bar & Grill

One of my very favorite places to pop in for lunch after an afternoon of shopping in Glasgow’s City Centre is Max’s Bar & Grill. From the outside, it’s an unassuming little place. You might have walked past it a dozen times and never noticed. On the inside, it’s got a beautiful 20’s speakeasy vibe with lots of wood and a gorgeous mirror backed bar. Be sure to look up and notice the light fixtures, as well. But what keeps me coming back is the menu.

Max’s might have a historic theme to their decor, but the service is very millennial. They bring an iPad to your table, and you get to browse through their entire menu on it. Each item has a drool-worthy photo and description if you want to know more. For someone who loves reading menus, this is heaven. And it’s not easy to choose what I want because there’s no shortage of tempting dishes. I need to get back quick to try something new.

This is not just standard pub food friends. I promise, Max’s has the best chicken strips I’ve ever eaten. Normally, I just see chicken strips as a vehicle for a variety of sauces, but these do not need sauce. They’re tender, juicy, crispy, and so flavorful all on their own. I didn’t know chicken strips could be so good. The chips are also perfectly cooked, and I love any opportunity to eat corn on the cob. 

Eating Out: Max's Bar & Grill

Geoff opted for a spicy veggie burger the size of your face, and he loved it. He’s officially the worst at describing his food, but I can attest that there was not a crumb left. They have a lot of creative burgers and dogs on their menu, and I can’t wait to try one myself.

I’ve also had their mac and cheese with garlic toast before, and I can assure you that’s fantastic as well. 

Unfortunately, the restaurant is a bit dim, which is great for intimate conversation but not fantastic for food photography. My photos here certainly don’t do the food justice. You’ll be too excited about your delicious to take many photos, though. The next time you’re hungry in the city, be sure to pop into Max’s and fill up on something delicious.

10 More Glasgow Restaurants I'm Dying to Try

10 More Glasgow Restaurants I’m Dying to Try

10 More Glasgow Restaurants I'm Dying to Try

So, a few months ago I went and took photos at a great little restaurant in Glasgow’s Merchant City called Smoak. They had a bunch of tasty and creative dishes, including some seriously awesome venison sausage mini corn dogs I think of with fondness on the reg. For various stupid reasons, I had yet to write my post about Smoak, and when we walked past it a couple of days ago, I discovered it has closed down and been replaced by a second location of a West End burger joint. While I’m sure this burger place is good, I’m guessing they won’t be able to give me venison corn dogs, freshly brewed iced tea, or amazing poutine. I hate to see a great local restaurant close. This made me realize I definitely need to go out to eat more often. 

A deep dive into Yelp has led me to a few restaurants I need to try to get to before it’s too late.

Hutcheson’s Bar & Brasserie – Most of Hutcheson’s menu seems a bit upscale for my low-class taste, but the restaurant itself looks beautiful, and the brunch menu sounds amazing. Hopefully I can treat myself to a fancy ass brunch one of these weekends.

Meat Bar – Cheeseburgers might be my all time favorite food. If there’s a restaurant offering up ridiculous burgers, you can bet I’ll get in line. 

The Shandon Belles – Nothing like an old school bistro with classic dishes that doesn’t go overboard with pretentious presentation or trendy ingredients. Just give me some delicious classic food, please. Not outrageously expensive is good as well.

Topalabamba – This is one of the few Mexican restaurants in Glasgow that actually has a good reputation. They have a varied menu that includes smoked chicken taquitos. I’m into it. 

La Fiorentina – We used to walk past this place all the time when we lived on the south side, but we never actually ate here. Their pasta menu is long. That’s what I like to see. It seems like it’s been around for a long time, so that’s a good sign.

The Crafty Pig – This place is right up my alley. Bar food slightly elevated but still unpretentious. Fried chicken, burgers, great drinks. I’m gonna need more than one visit to try it all. 

Firebird – We love pizza, and the ones at Firebird look brilliantly creative. I’m a sucker for a pizza with a runny egg at its center. Must try. 

Eusebi Deli – So basically, everything at Eusebi Deli sounds amazing. They have pasta on their brunch menu, and I’m not mad at it. 

Halloumi – It’s a restaurant named after cheese. I love a place where you can order a bunch of small plates at pick at a bunch of different flavors. And when one of them is grilled cheese, you bet I’ll be there. 

Barolo Grill – This place looks like a great date night. Something you could wear an actual dress for once. Glass of wine, giant bowl of pasta, maybe splurge for dessert, all while sharing stories with the person you love most. 

Now for the most important question. Who wants to go out to eat with me?

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

Brunch comes with different expectations in Scotland than it does in America. They’re looking for a lot of fried meats, eggs, maybe some beans and vegetables. As an American with a hardcore sweet tooth, I’m looking for something different. It’s not always easy to find. For me, TriBeCa is the pot of gold at the end of my Scottish brunch rainbow.

All those things that Scottish people are looking for, yeah, they have that. But they also have gorgeous, fluffy giant pancakes, beautiful waffles and French toast, and crispy candied bacon by the pile. It’s the most authentically American brunch place I’ve found in this country. 

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

Geoff and I did actually split the difference and order according to our respective countries of origin. He went for the Manhattan Grand Slam which I’m not sure anyone from Manhattan would actually eat, but it was exactly what he wanted. Just look at all that food, man.

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

While I was tempted to go for a giant breakfast with a bit of everything, I knew that was overly ambitious, so I opted for the Original Brooklyn, which is a big ass stack of beautiful pancakes with a side of candied streaky bacon, which you can see is not skimpy. I really appreciate them bringing me a proper amount of maple syrup. They get it here. That’s why I can’t wait to get back.

Looking at the menu, TriBeCa might seem a bit expensive, but the portions are huge and the quality is great. It’s an excellent weekend treat. It’s totally worth it. No one has yet been able to top this breakfast experience for me. So, when can we get back?

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