Burgerology: DogHouse

Burgerology: DogHouse

Burgerology: DogHouse

Let’s go out to eat.

Great idea! What are you in the mood for?

How about a kick ass juicy burger, crispy sweet potato fries and ice cream sundae and a great beer selection?

Sounds great! Can I bring my dog?

Ever been in this situation? Everybody has to bring their dog everywhere these days. This severely down on your awesome burger choices. Thankfully, DogHouse in Merchant City is there for you.

DogHouse is a Brewdog pub, so they have a great beer selection, plus a full bar if you’re not int beer. I had a much needed pint of cider after walking into town with the dog. Geoff had a framboise, and Eevee had a bowl of water brought by a friendly and dog loving staff.

Burgerology: DogHouse

I had the Patriot burger. It featured cheddar cheese, thick cut bacon, barbecue sauce, and a bunch of veggies that I knocked off before eating. My burger was well-cooked and juicy. I actually prefer thinner, crispier bacon, but that’s just personal preference. The flavor was still great. I also added a good amount of their Carolina barbecue sauce, which is mustard based. It was a damn fine burger.

Burgerology: DogHouse

Geoff had the the Chipotle Chorizo burger and reported that it was extremely tasty. He hardly ever eats beef burgers anymore, so to see him finishing off every last bit was a real endorsement. He said the flavor from the chorizo was amazing. 

We also got a side of sweet potato fries to share, and there was enough for probably four people. If you’re getting a burger, don’t mention that you want to share. Just have one person add them to their order. It’s cheaper that way and would probably be enough for two.

Burgerology: DogHouse

It was pouring down rain, so we decided to order dessert. We each got an Oreo sundae with salted caramel ice cream, and I didn’t regret a single bite. It’s just the right size for one. You don’t feel like a gluttonous monster for eating the whole thing by yourself.

If you’re looking for a place for a great burger in Merchant City, with or without a dog, DogHouse is the place to be.

 

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Explore: Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve been preaching the picnic gospel a lot lately, and we’re carrying on today. I’m a total girl when it comes to flowers. I find them absolutely beautiful, so if a city’s got a garden, I’m there.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

One of the first places we explored when we moved to Glasgow nearly three years ago now was the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, and I assure you, it’s a gem.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

In addition to vast grounds with a variety of flowers, trees, and other plants that ramble through the West End, there are two main glass houses full of interesting plants and sculptures. It feels quintessentially Victorian to my American brain.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I love that in one building, you can go from dessert to jungle just by opening a door.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

They also have a tearoom, which I haven’t visited, as well as a cute little coffee stall if you want an ice cream or a hot drink, depending on the weather.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It wasn’t this time, but the Glasgow Botanic Gardens also regularly hosts a book fair, about every other weekend. I’ve gotten some great bargains on used books here.

There are lots of shops and restaurants nearby, so it’s easy enough to get something to go, spread out a blanket under the shade of a large old tree, and enjoy the blooms and sunshine. You can lie back and look through the leaves and imagine ladies strolling through in big hats, long skirts, and high-heeled boots. It’s absolutely lovely.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

And did I mention it’s free? There’s really no excuse not to visit. If you find yourself in my city, make sure you check it out.

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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.

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