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.

Buffalo Chicken Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buffalo Chicken Burger

Buffalo Chicken Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We know I’m a picky eater. It’s so obnoxious. A sliver of onion hidden in my pizza can ruin my night. The thought of putting a mushroom in my mouth is about as repulsive as the thought of eating worms. A slice of orange is two seconds of joy and then a big mouthful of disappointment. I’m the absolute worst. 

What you may not know is that I used to be worse than the worst. As a child I probably ate about five different foods. As a teenager in a small town with only about three non-fast food restaurants, going out to eat usually ended in a cheeseburger or fettuccine alfredo. It wasn’t until I visited exotic Oklahoma City that I got to eat my first meal at Chili’s. Not gonna lie, the first several times I went there, I ordered a cheeseburger.

Buffalo Chicken Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Then finally one day I went craaaazy and decided to try something different. I ordered the chicken ranch sandwich (no lettuce), and it was awesome. Spicy crispy chicken paired with cool creamy ranch. What had I been waiting for? Trying new things was a great idea.  

Of course, since then I’ve gone much further afield (for me) and am totally into food. And of course I’ve learned that blue cheese dressing is actually much better with buffalo chicken than ranch. I mean, eating the blue cheese is kind of half the point. 

Now finding a good buffalo chicken burger in Glasgow is not as easy as I thought it would be. Luckily, they’re pretty easy to make at home. Well seasoned chicken, buffalo sauce, a soft bun and some blue cheese dressing are all you need. It may not seem so adventurous, but I assure you, it’s delicious.

Buffalo Chicken Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Trying new things is awesome, but digging into an old favorite is just as great. Get yourself a buffalo chicken burger and smile!

Buffalo Chicken Burger
Serves 2
This Buffalo Chicken Burger is crispy, spicy, and so delicious.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 chicken breasts
  2. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  3. 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper, divided
  4. 1/2 cup flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  7. Vegetable oil
  8. 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  9. 2 burger buns
  10. Blue cheese dressing
Instructions
  1. Cover each chicken breast in two layers of plastic wrap and use a rolling pin or something else heavy and unbreakable to pound your chicken to an even thickness, about half an inch.
  2. Place your flattened chicken breasts in a sealable bag or container. Pour over the buttermilk and add one teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Give your bag a good squish to mix things up and make sure your chicken is completely covered. Let this sit in the fridge for at least an hour. You could do this in the morning before work.
  3. On a plate or in a shallow container, mix the flour, salt, pepper, and another teaspoon of cayenne.
  4. Put a large skillet on the stove and add enough oil to cover the bottom. Turn the heat up to medium to heat up the oil before the chicken goes in.
  5. Remove your chicken breasts from the buttermilk, allowing any excess to drip off, and dredge each piece of chicken in the seasoned flour until covered completely.
  6. Fry your chicken breasts for about four or five minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through.
  7. While your chicken is cooking add your buffalo sauce to a bowl or container that's large enough to fit your chicken breast.
  8. Once your chicken is cooked through, carefully move it to the sauce bowl and turn the chicken in the sauce a few times until it's completely coated.
  9. Add your chicken breast to the bun and top with blue cheese dressing and any other toppings you desire.
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Spicy Chicken Chili

Spicy Chicken Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The gravity seems to be increasing lately on my downward spiral of self-loathing. I’ve been quietly beating myself up over my job, my appearance, my weight, my blog, my Instagram game, just about everything. I’m horrible for comparing myself to others, but that’s sort of how I ended up here in the first place. Frustrated by looking at the seemingly perfect lives of comfortably middle class women who seem to have it all figured out, I decided to create my own space for people who are always broke and a bit of a hot mess. I still can’t seem to look away from their perfectly manicured lives. Even their vulnerability seems to be more perfect and beautiful than mine.

Where am I going with this? I have no idea. I guess I need to thank you for going on this journey with me. Chances are, you’re not here for the journey. You’ve skipped over all this self-exploration and gone straight to the food. If you’re digging into this mess, though, let’s hug it out and comfort ourselves with something delicious while we dig deep to remember our own self-worth.

Spicy Chicken Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I made you everyone’s favorite, Spicy Chicken Chili. I make this for guests all the time, and they all want to go home and make it again fr themselves. In fact, I’ve made this dish for this blog before. Maybe I’ve gotten better at this whole food photography thing in the past five years? Still a long way to go.

Any dang ways, if you’re at all fond of the smoky, spicy flavors of chili, you absolutely must try this recipe. It’s hearty and packed with layers of flavor and textures. You can pretend like it’s healthy because of the chicken, but there’s also a healthy dose of cream in this pot of goodness, so I’m not sure it’s diet friendly. I super don’t care. Spicy Chicken Chili is worth every calorie. It’s ridiculous.

Spicy Chicken Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Maybe you’re having a hard time finding the awesomeness in your life today. It’s out there somewhere. Spicy Chicken Chili will definitely bring the awesome to you and everyone who eats it.

Spicy Chicken Chili
Serves 4
Everyone knows that Spicy Chicken Chili is completely awesome.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Tbsp butter
  2. 1-1/2 to 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size chunks,
  3. 1/4 cup flour
  4. 1/2 onion, diced
  5. 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  6. 2 cups chicken stock
  7. 1 cup heavy cream
  8. 2 Tbsp chili powder
  9. 1 tsp ground coriander
  10. 1 tsp ground cumin
  11. 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  12. 15 grinds black pepper (1/2 Tbsp)
  13. 1/2 Tbsp salt
  14. 2 cans cannellini beans, drained
  15. 1 7 oz can green chiles
  16. sour cream to garnish
  17. shredded cheese to garnish
  18. tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. After you’ve cut up your chicken, don’t forget to season it a bit with salt, pepper, and chili powder. Sprinkle it in and give it a toss.
  2. In a large pot, melt your butter over medium high heat.
  3. Add chicken and cook until browned on all sides and just cooked through. Remove the chicken to a plate to hang out while you get on with it.
  4. Sprinkle in the flour and stir it with the melted butter to make a roux, or thick paste. Sometimes the chicken gives off a lot of liquid when cooking, so you may need to add a bit more flour. If you don’t make it pasty, the sauce won’t thicken later. Cook for about one minute or it starts to smell nutty.
  5. Stir in the onion and pepper. Let it cook for a few minutes to soften.
  6. Add in about half of your chicken stock slowly, scraping up any bits that have stuck to the pan. Stir out any lumps before adding in the next batch of stock.
  7. Stir in the heavy cream. Allow the mixture to come back to a boil, then simmer for about five minutes to thicken.
  8. Add your spices and seasonings and make sure they’re incorporated. Don’t leave any clumps of cumin behind.
  9. Next, stir in the beans and green chiles.
  10. Add your chicken back in, give everything a good mix, and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes before serving.
  11. I like to crush some chips into the bottom of the bowl, then spoon over the chili, and top it with some sour cream and cheese. Make it awesome.
Notes
  1. If you live in a place where you can't easily buy canned green chilis (such as Scotland) just throw in a couple of extra fresh green or red chilis, diced, with your onion and bell pepper.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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