My Top 5 Glasgow Food Spots

My Top 5 Glasgow Food Spots

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.

SUGO

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.

PIZZA PUNKS

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.

TAPHOUSE

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

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? 

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  1. April 2, 2020 / 8:17 pm

    Wow all of this food looks amazing! I’d love to go to Glasgow so I will definitely check these places out if I go 🙂

    • Holly
      Author
      April 2, 2020 / 8:58 pm

      It’s so delicious! There are some great food spots in Glasgow.

      Holly x

  2. April 2, 2020 / 8:22 pm

    Yooo all these pictures got me hungry and I just ate! I LOVE a Miller & Carter’s so much, definitely one of the first places I’m going once this is all over! The best foodie post, loved it! Guess I’ve got to go to Glasgow for some Bucks Bar chicken!

    • Holly
      Author
      April 2, 2020 / 9:01 pm

      I’m the same! Currently missing some of favourite spots and can’t wait to visit them and support them when they reopen! Yes, me too, I miss a good steak. You should definitely go one day, great bars and food places.

      Holly x

      • April 3, 2020 / 8:12 pm

        Great choices! I love that you chose a variety of options from different cuisines. Those pizzas look amazing! x

        Sophie

        • Holly
          Author
          April 3, 2020 / 11:08 pm

          Thank you, it’s good to have a variety because sometimes I’m in the mood for a specific food or sometimes I could eat anything/everything. Thanks for reading.

          Holly x

  3. Blue to Bliss
    April 2, 2020 / 8:31 pm

    Everything looks delicious. I love how much care these chefs put into making the food look so gorgeous.

    • Holly
      Author
      April 2, 2020 / 9:04 pm

      It’s all amazing food!

      Holly x

  4. nortoncharity
    April 2, 2020 / 9:00 pm

    Oh my gosh. All these dishes look so amazing! Especially the pasta ones. I am a sucker for any kind of pasta dish. I can’t wait for when we can all go back out to eat again at restaurants!
    -Charity https://morningsonmacedonia.com

    • Holly
      Author
      April 3, 2020 / 12:59 am

      They are some of my absolute favourites!! Pasta is the way to my heart. Me too, we will never take it for granted again!

      Holly x

  5. April 2, 2020 / 9:09 pm

    Loving the looks of Pizza Punks, but nothing can beat fresh pasta. I had handmade pasta when I visited Tucson, Arizona last year and something about the fresh ingredients and cheese gives it a unique taste that does not come out of packages. 🙂

    • Holly
      Author
      April 3, 2020 / 1:01 am

      Pizza Punks is a fun one for sure, but you’re right I absolutely adore pasta too! Give me both?! Yes, you can definitely taste the difference.

      Holly

  6. April 2, 2020 / 9:50 pm

    That all looks so good! Especially the pasta. Admittedly I’m a pasta junkie though. Thanks for sharing. I hope to make it over there one day and eat all of this delicious food.

    • Holly
      Author
      April 3, 2020 / 1:04 am

      Same here, I absolutely ADORE pasta with all my heart! Yes you should, there’s a lot more amazing food places to visit than just these 5.

      Holly x

  7. April 2, 2020 / 11:02 pm

    So many amazing options to when I go Glasgow! Thanks for sharing, now I definitely need to check these places out. That pasta looks so yummy!!!

    xoxo Olivia | http://www.oliviaandbeauty.com

    • Holly
      Author
      April 3, 2020 / 1:05 am

      You definitely have to stop at a few of them if you’re ever in Glasgow! The pasta is always a favourite of mine!

      Holly x

  8. April 3, 2020 / 12:56 am

    These pictures make everything look absolutely delicious. I think if I could only pick one of the options it would be Sugo because I love pasta and it looks AMAZING! Thank you for sharing these yummy looking options!

    • Holly
      Author
      April 3, 2020 / 1:07 am

      Yes a lot of the comments have mentioned Sugo actually! Everyone is clearly a sucker for pasta, including myself. Thanks for reading.

      Holly x

    • Holly
      Author
      April 3, 2020 / 7:02 pm

      So delicious!!

      Holly x

  9. April 3, 2020 / 1:44 pm

    Oh my word. Fabulous food choice and restaurants. I’m like you – I almost always know what I’m going to order before I get to the restaurant. I look at the menu in the restaurant. And almost always still order what I dreamed of earlier in the day…Cheers!

    • Holly
      Author
      April 3, 2020 / 7:13 pm

      Thank you!! I love being organised when it comes to going out for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I’m the same – still look at the menu! Thanks for reading.

      Holly

  10. “If eating out was an Olympic sport then I’d be a gold medalist.” LOL, same! I can’t wait for this stupid quarantine to be over so I can go out to eat again. I’ve had a trip to Glasgow and Edinburgh on my to-do list for a while, and when all the travel bans lift, I’m definitely going, and I’m DEFINITELY checking out the restaurants that you recommend (especially Sugo…oooh, so many carbs). Great post!

    • Holly
      Author
      April 4, 2020 / 11:46 pm

      It’s the truest saying ever! It’s made me realise how much we take eating out for granted, I can’t wait to be doing it again when we reach normality eventually! Please do, Edinburgh is also amazing for food and drink! Thanks for reading.

      Holly x

  11. April 3, 2020 / 3:51 pm

    I love eating out too and am really missing it now that we are shelter in home Your pictures made my mouth water!

    • Holly
      Author
      April 3, 2020 / 7:17 pm

      I’m missing it also, buts it’s good to do some home cooking and not waste any food in the house for a change. Thanks for reading!

      Holly x

  12. sabrinaant
    April 3, 2020 / 7:31 pm

    Sitting here about to have my lunch of a frozen dinner of pasta and sauce and it is just not cutting it after reading your blog. And I am super hungry. Going to have to plan a trip to try all these dishes. Thanks for sharing. Dreaming of traveling and eating. One day….

    • Holly
      Author
      April 3, 2020 / 11:05 pm

      Haha I’m sorry to hear that! Yes you definitely do, Glasgow is great for food and drink, as is Edinburgh. Me too, stay safe.

      Holly x

    • Holly
      Author
      April 3, 2020 / 11:05 pm

      What’s your blog link so I can check it out?

  13. April 3, 2020 / 8:05 pm

    Damn, now I’m hungry and I just had dinner 😂 this looks really really good. Thanks for sharing

    • Holly
      Author
      April 3, 2020 / 11:06 pm

      Thanks for reading, it’s definitely a post you have to read with a snack in hand haha!

      Holly x

  14. Kayleigh Zara
    April 3, 2020 / 8:21 pm

    The taphouse looks incredible I love the look of the food it is so well put together? Big fan of miller and carter too x

    • Holly
      Author
      April 3, 2020 / 11:13 pm

      Ugh it’s delicious, craving one of their house dogs! You definitely can’t go wrong with Miller and Carter!

      Holly x

  15. Anonymous
    April 3, 2020 / 8:29 pm

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing… I’ve been looking for some yummy ideas!🙌🏼

    • Holly
      Author
      April 4, 2020 / 11:47 pm

      Thanks for reading – I’m glad you could find some!

      Holly

  16. Eusra Hamid
    April 3, 2020 / 8:32 pm

    Great read😍

    • April 3, 2020 / 8:35 pm

      I’d love to go to Glasgow some day! Pizza punks sounds lovely

      • Holly
        Author
        April 4, 2020 / 11:48 pm

        Pizza Punks is a whole lot of fun! Thanks for reading.

        Holly

    • Holly
      Author
      April 4, 2020 / 11:47 pm

      Thanks for reading!

      Holly

  17. April 4, 2020 / 3:47 am

    Oooh I haven’t been to Glasgow before but love the different foods there are out there! I feel the same!!!! I always ALWAYS look through the menu and still choose something I knew I was going to order right before going to the restaurant. The pasta looks delicious! I am a fan of fettucine.

    Oh wow, Miller and Carter looks super fancy!! With something like that, I’d go on special occasions too. The pizza is totally my vibe. You can’t go wrong with those crusts!!

    Thanks for sharing all of these exciting places!!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Holly
      Author
      April 4, 2020 / 11:49 pm

      You definitely have to go one day, it’s a great place and everyone is friendly! I just love organisation even when it comes to eating out so I always have to have an idea of what I’m going to order! I love fettucine or tagliatelle – my two favourites!

      Miller and Carter is amazing, best steakhouse ever!!

      Thanks for reading.

      Holly x

  18. April 4, 2020 / 4:06 pm

    You had me hooked at your first line, haha! And now I’m sitting here looking for Italian places to order from for dinner :). Thanks for sharing… excuse the drool 😉

    Stay safe & healthy.

    • Holly
      Author
      April 4, 2020 / 11:50 pm

      I’m glad it grabbed your attention haha! Thanks for reading, I hope your Italian was nice! Take care during this hectic unsettling time.

      Holly

  19. Sarah Eliza
    April 4, 2020 / 5:09 pm

    I’ve been dying to visit Glasgow! When I do I’ll be definitely checking out Pizza Punks – sounds like the food spot for me 🙂
    Sarah x
    https://www.saraheliza.co.uk/

    • Holly
      Author
      April 4, 2020 / 11:51 pm

      You should when everything returns to normal! Pizza Punks is a good one and if you are defeated by the pizza and can’t finish it all then you can box it up and take it with you!

      Holly x

  20. April 4, 2020 / 6:56 pm

    I like how expressive and creative these food places are. Like Mac n Cheese Chicken Waffles? Didn’t even know they were a thing till I read this post and I can definitely see why! Also Pizza Dunks giving unlimited toppings to a pizza lover or foodie is like giving them the golden key to the gates of heaven 🙂 Loved the read and I’m glad you’re still able to share something you’re passion about even through these difficult times. Keep on sharing and stay safe!

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    https://johnnystraventures.com

    • Holly
      Author
      April 4, 2020 / 11:54 pm

      That’s why they are in my list of favourites! Yes, you cannot say no to mac n cheese chicken waffles, the best combination to exist!! Very true about the unlimited toppings, you’d be silly to just have a plain margarita in a place like Pizza Punks. Thanks so much for reading, it’s much appreciated. Take care and hopefully everything will return to normal for us all soon!

      Holly

  21. April 4, 2020 / 7:46 pm

    Omg all of this food looks amazing, and is definitely making me want to visit Glasgow in the future – mostly just for the food! Such a great choice of options too!

    Catherine x

    • Holly
      Author
      April 4, 2020 / 11:55 pm

      You definitely should visit when things calm down! Food is so important when it comes to visiting somewhere. Thanks for reading.

      Holly x

  22. Angie M.
    April 4, 2020 / 10:58 pm

    This post is so yummy! Hhaha, seriously the food looks amazing and I love your insights (: https://angiewaves.com/

    • Holly
      Author
      April 4, 2020 / 11:56 pm

      Thanks so much for reading!

      Holly

  23. April 5, 2020 / 12:17 am

    Boy am I glad I read this post with a full stomach haha! All this food looks absolutely delicious, especially Taphouse and Bucks Bar. Wowza! Definitely popping these on my list for whenever I visit Glasgow in the future! Also no you’re not alone on the foodie front, I always look at a menu well before actually going to a restaurant… I like to know my options, it can be a game changer!

    Quinn x

    • Holly
      Author
      April 11, 2020 / 7:09 pm

      I’m glad you did too or you’d be feeling very hungry! I know I was when I was drafting this post. Yes, it’s always good to have a rough idea of what’s on offer at the place you’re going to – I like being prepared!

      Holly x

  24. April 5, 2020 / 12:47 pm

    I read your post after lunch and all I can think about now is an early dinner. That sage butter ravioli looks amazing, one of my favourite pasta dishes. Adding Glasgow to my foodie travel list 🙂

    • Holly
      Author
      April 11, 2020 / 7:10 pm

      Hope you had a nice dinner after reading!! I do love a spinach and ricotta ravioli!

      Holly x

  25. April 5, 2020 / 4:50 pm

    All of that food looks sooooo nice! I actually went to Glasgow in February but didnt get time to really explore as it was a business trip!

    • Holly
      Author
      April 11, 2020 / 7:11 pm

      Oh really? You definitely need to go back for a trip of your own at some point – it’s really good!

      Holly x

  26. April 5, 2020 / 5:21 pm

    Omg all these meals look AMAZING! Especially that Hot Dog – so yummy! I was planning to visit Scotland soon as I’ve never been so adding these food places to my list xx

    • Holly
      Author
      April 11, 2020 / 7:11 pm

      The hot dog was incredible!! You definitely have to visit Scotland, it’s beautiful!

      Holly x

  27. April 5, 2020 / 6:25 pm

    It all looks amazing. And that cocktail looks dreamy <3 I can’t wait to be able to enjoy some fancy food again.

    Al x

    • Holly
      Author
      April 11, 2020 / 7:12 pm

      I can’t wait also, when I was writing this post it made me realise how much I appreciate things like eating out!

      Holly x

  28. justthegameoflife
    April 6, 2020 / 7:58 pm

    I am the exact same way! I’ve gotta look at the menu a few hours before we leave or right before we get there. You always gotta be prepared. And I love food as well. It’s my favorite thing and I am always thinking about it from when I wake up to when I go to sleep. Not sure if that’s a good thing though!

    • Holly
      Author
      April 11, 2020 / 7:14 pm

      Yes to that! I check it about 3-5 times throughout the day just to get me excited and prepared! Haha it definitely is a good thing. Thanks for reading.

      Holly x

  29. April 6, 2020 / 9:38 pm

    All this food looks gorgeous! I really should stop sleeping on Glasgow and get up there sometime! 🙂

    • Holly
      Author
      April 11, 2020 / 7:15 pm

      You definitely should come up when all of this is over! I’m sure you would love the city.

      Holly x

    • Holly
      Author
      April 11, 2020 / 7:16 pm

      Ugh I know, what I would do for all those items of food right now!

      Holly x

  30. April 8, 2020 / 5:59 pm

    Looks like a good food ❤

    • Holly
      Author
      April 11, 2020 / 7:16 pm

      Definitely!

      Holly x

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