If eating out was an Olympic sport then I’d be a gold medalist, it’s my absolute favourite thing to do. If I know I’m going out for dinner then I sit all day studying the menu over and over again, despite the fact I know what’s on the menu and also despite the fact that 99.9% of the time I already know what I’m going to be ordering. Does anyone else do that, surely it’s not just me? You can absolutely bet that as soon I walk in the office door at 9am I’ll be talking about food straight through till 5pm, wondering what I’m going to have for my dinner before I’ve even had my lunch. What can I say, I’m just a major ‘foodie’. That’s why for this post I’m going to be sharing my top 5 places in Glasgow for food, from where to get the best steaks, some finger licking chicken or some very worthy Italian food.
One thing I could eat without a doubt for the rest of my life is pasta. Carbs galore!!
After being invited to the prelaunch event for Sugo on Mitchell Street back in December, this place quickly wiggled its way into my heart and stole it. If you’ve been lucky enough to try Paesano either in Glasgow’s West End or Glasgow’s city centre then you’ll no doubt have already guessed that its neighbouring and newest venture Sugo will also provide you with some good quality food. The only difference between the two is that Paesano is dedicated to pizza and Sugo to well…pasta. One similarity they do share though is that both places are always queued out of the door due to their non existent booking system and their ever growing popularity.
This event in the run up to Christmas (pig out season for me) was probably the best PR event I had ever been to, and I’ve been to quite a few over the years. Getting to try out as many pastas as I wanted was like an all you can eat pasta buffet and I couldn’t have been happier, dreams really do come true. So what have I tried out on several of my visits:
1) Tagliarini with olive oil, garlic, chilli and pangtattato
2) Pappardelle with slow cooked beer ragu
3) Spinach and ricotta ravioli with sage butter
4) Fettucine with spicy Nduja and pork ragu
The pasta is FRESH beyond belief and paired with a sauce/ingredient that it would traditionally be served with in a particular Italian region. The region is mentioned beside each pasta on the menu which I liked, it made me feel more authentic and was and still is my excuse for ordering an extra pasta dish (good excuse right?).
Sugo is pure amazingness and the first time I ever visited I left hardly able to walk, jeans about to burst from all the delicious pasta I had consumed, but I was truly content. This one is for all the pasta lovers in the house.
MILLER AND CARTER
Truth be told, I only joined the Miller and Carter fan club late last year. I had never been until then and I truly ask myself why, especially now that I know how incredible of a place it is. Steak, it can really be the be all or end all, rubbish cut of meat? Rubbish steak. And it’s not just about the steak, it’s about the sauce and accompaniments that go along with it. That’s why Miller and Carter ticks all the boxes for me and has done since my first visit.
Now this is probably a place I’d save for the special occasions or I would probably end up overdoing it and then not stepping foot in the place for a long time because 1) my bank account wouldn’t thank me and 2) I’d turn into iron man from all the steak. A meal at Miller and Carter is a meal I certainly look forward to when it’s booked in the diary. The staff are attentive from the moment you step in the door right until you leave, making sure your dinner lives up to the experience they so aim to provide. If it’s a special occasion then you’re in for a treat, with them bringing out anniversary delights, birthday desserts, they definitely go the extra mile for their customers and it shows.
Now for the main event, the food. My go to starter is the sticky chipotle chicken, a delicious starter that fills a slight hole, enough to keep you going until the real meat arrives on the table. My starter is always followed by a sirloin steak, with peppercorn sauce, mashed potatoes and if you feel like adding on an extra side or you’re a little bit more peckish than usual then I’d go for the mac and cheese – this is a winning dinner. If you don’t have the meat sweats and can squeeze in something sweet then the Pornstar Martini Mousse is a real palette cleanser, and one for all the cocktail lovers. Miller and Carter provides the real ‘steak experience‘ and after a visit here you will soon forget about any mediocre steaks you’ve had in the past.
If you’re looking for a fun, quirky dinner and you love pizza then you should give Pizza Punks a try. You may think ham and pineapple is a weird pizza combination but with the opportunity to put pretty much ANYTHING on your pizza, you may start questioning your friendships, relationships, and family relations or you may quite possibly create the worlds best new pizza. The ball is in your court.
This place is a safe space, staff hold no judgments despite my worries on many occasions when I’ve had to whip out my phone to recite my weird and whacky order. You start by picking your sauce and your cheese, and then you PUNK IT UP, with unlimited toppings. Yes, unlimited. Mac and cheese on a pizza? YES. There’s no questioning it. Black pudding, haggis, tuscan sausage, crushed tortilla chips, garlic and rosemary potatoes, and falafel too? Oh if you must. In Pizza Punks the world is your oyster so that’s for you to decide. Go simple, go crazy, it’s your choice but with a crazy amount of toppings to choose from, it’s hard not to go all out.
Now I loved this place when it was originally The Neighbourhood and I love it even more now that it’s Taphouse Bar and Kitchen. The decor may have changed and they may have got rid of the classic board games like Guess Who and Connect 4, but one things for sure, the quality of the food remained the same, if not better.
With a much bigger menu in terms of variety, I tried to avoid my usual go to pizza or burger that I would have gone for in the past and instead opted for a house dog, something I would never order unless I’m at the cinema or looking for a quick snack at home. Hot dogs? Simple right? No. They have their own little section for house dogs from the Buffalo Hot Dog, the Sloppy Joe, Jamaican or The Mac. On my recent visit I went for the Italian housedog, a hot dog drenched in marinara sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella and pesto mayo. It was a hot mess, but the messiest and best hot dog I have ever had and I couldn’t get enough of it. The pesto mayo was the cherry on top, and if the other house dogs are the same standard as this one then I can’t wait to work my way through the menu.
Buck’s Bar is quite possibly the chicken influencer of Instagram. They didn’t have me at hello, they had me at buttermilk fried chicken, I was sold. Scrolling through Instagram I would continuously see pictures of what looked like the most amazing chicken ever, whether on my feed or on people’s stories. That was it….I HAD TO TRY IT! Trying to get a table at this place is like trying to buy tickets for a concert that the entire universe wants to attend, it’s hard. Although, now that they have opened a second location it might not be so bad.
Nabbing a table late last year I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this chicken instead of constantly drooling over other people’s pictures wishing it was me with that plateful of goodness in front of me. On all my visits I’ve ended up ordering the Mac and Cheese Chicken Waffles, nothing can go wrong when you combine two of my favourite foods, absolutely nothing, but when you throw a waffle in…it just makes it even better. This dish is incredible and if you’re wanting a side of fries, make sure you order the salt and chill chips or else you’re doing it wrong. The food on offer here really is excellent, it’s no wonder it’s fully booked pretty much every day and that you have to book well in advance if you want to make sure you’re going to get your dose of good quality chicken. Next time I visit I really have to shy away from my usual order and try out one of their burgers, but who can refuse cheesy chicken waffles.
I can’t even explain how difficult it was to choose my top 5 Glasgow food places. Like I said at the beginning of the post, I’m a big lover of eating out so I could have easily wrote about 25 places in this post but I wanted to keep it as straightforward as possible, for my own sake more than anything or I’d end up raiding the full fridge of every food item that’s going. What’s your favourite food place in Glasgow or in your hometown?