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yet to write my post about Smoak, and when we walked past it a couple of days ago, I discovered it has closed down and been replaced by a second location of a West End burger joint.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?

Eating Out: Little Italy

Eating Out: Little Italy

Eating Out: Little Italy

We’re fanatical about pizza and pasta. Lucky for us, there are plenty of great Italian restaurants in Glasgow. It somewhat makes up for the complete and total absence of decent Tex Mex. 

We’ve fallen for a great little spot in the West End called Little Italy. The atmosphere is bright and relaxed, and the staff is warm and friendly. There’s a counter at the front for takeaway, but we dined in and enjoyed every minute. 

Eating Out: Little Italy

Geoff wanted something on the lighter side, so he opted for Napli Pollo Picante. His big bowl of pasta was loaded up with veggies, chicken, and spicy chillies. He devoured it.

Eating Out: Little Italy

I went for a simple pepperoni pizza. My favorite thing about the pizza at Little Italy is the crust. It’s on the thin side, but it’s cooked perfectly. Soggy crust is one of my pet peeves, but I didn’t have to worry about that here. The crust was just the right level of crisp, there was plenty of cheese, and the sauce was delicious.

The prices are very reasonable, making Little Italy a great choice for a lunch break while thrift shopping in the West End. Let’s get into it.

Burgerology: Dennistoun Bar-B-Que

Burgerology: Dennistoun Bar-B-Que

Burgerology: Dennistoun Bar-B-Que

Not gonna lie, kids. One of the reasons I wanted to move to this neighborhood was so that I could be closer to Dennistoun Bar-B-Que. Who wouldn’t want to live on the same street as burgers the size of your face, and some of the best fries I’ve had in Glasgow.

Burgerology: Dennistoun Bar-B-Que

Their burgers are made fresh with high quality ingredients. Because their so huge, I opt for a simple cheeseburger, and it’s awesome. Their menu is creative, and you can get your burger loaded sky high with all sorts of toppings. I could never finish it in a million years, though, so I go pure and top my burger with some of their smoky barbecue sauce. 

Burgerology: Dennistoun Bar-B-Que

As the name suggests, Dennistoun Bar-B-Que also has a smoke pit, and you can get some stellar pulled pork here as well, which is what Geoff opted for. As you can see, they serve their burgers and sandwiches in a bowl. That’s how ridiculous they are. You should probably consider fasting for most of the day before you come here.

Burgerology: Dennistoun Bar-B-Que

Most people know I don’t really care about french fries. I’ll eat a few out of boredom, but normally I don’t even bother to order them. The seasoned fries were absolutely perfect. Crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and perfectly seasoned, I couldn’t stop eating them. That almost never happens to me.

One other little thing I love about this place is that you can order a can of root beer. It’s hard to come by in Scotland, so I always indulge when I can. It tastes like home.

You get a lot of burger goodness for your money here, and the staff are friendly. There’s a bit of a wait for you food, but you know it’s super fresh that way. The restaurant is small, and the atmosphere is relaxed and casual. It’s perfect for an afternoon of stuffing your face with the best burgers around.

Burgerology: Bloc+

Burgerology: Bloc+

Burgerology: Bloc+

Bloc+ was one of the very first restaurants we tried when we moved to Glasgow. Every weeknight, they have a different special, so you’re almost certain to get something awesome without getting depressed about how much money you spent. 

Burgerology: Bloc+

Tuesday is £3 burger night. How can you beat that? Their beef burgers are juicy and flavorful and served on a soft brioche bun. I pay a bit extra for cheese on mine. They come with crispy fries, making this an even better deal.

Burgerology: Bloc+

Geoff usually opts for the veggie burger and adds jalapeno. He says it’s pretty standard, but the price is right.

Burgerology: Bloc+

They also make a great white russian at the bar which makes me outrageously happy. 

If you want to splash out, Bloc+ has plenty of outrageous burgers and dogs. They also do a deal on pizzas during the week. Their poutine is pretty outstanding as well. 

Burgerology: Bloc+

It’s a small restaurant/bar that becomes a rock venue at night. The atmosphere is laid back, but what makes it extra awesome is that when there’s not a band playing, their tvs are all showing The Food Network. I don’t have to look at sports while I eat my burger for once. I can watch Jamie Oliver or Ina Garten in the background. It makes me happier than it probably should.

If you haven’t eaten at Bloc+ yet, you should definitely check it out. There’s something for everyone, and something cheap every night of the week. Do it!

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