On a dark winter evening, sometimes all you want is a huge plate of carbs, meat or cheese – otherwise known as comfort food.
Here are a few of the heartiest menus on offer in Glasgow.
(49 Kilmarnock Road, G41 3YN)
If you fancy comfort food with an American twist, try Surf Dogs for a menu full of delicious and indulgent gourmet hot dogs.
Taking inspiration from the flavours of the USA, you can tuck into comforting options like the ‘Spicy Redneck’ with homemade beef chilli, sour cream and caramelised jalapenos, or the ‘BBQ Dog’ with crispy onion rings and homemade bourbon barbecue sauce.
(154 Hope Street, G2 2TH)
Traditional pub, The Pot Still, has a fantastic collection of malt whiskies and cask ales, as well as a classic comfort food menu.
The Pot Still describe their food as “a warm hug on a cold day”, and on the menu you’ll find a range of pies – including steak pie, Scotch pie, macaroni cheese pie and mince and tattle pie.
(23 Sandyford Place, G3 7NG)
McPhabbs offers a modern take on pub grub, with gourmet versions of classic comfort food dishes, like beef brisket bourguignon with smoked bacon, pearl onions, button mushrooms and thyme potato pave.
If you’re visiting for lunch, you can order a sandwich (with fillings like bacon, avocado, sundried tomato and dill mayo) and enjoy a side of hearty homemade soup on the house.
(72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA )
Cosy pub, The Admiral, offers an impressive five types of macaroni cheese on their comfort food-heavy menu.
Choose a classic option, or try the chipotle macaroni cheese (with spiced chicken, chorizo, jalapeño, chipotle and ancho chillies) to warm you up on a cold day.
(450 Dumbarton Road, G11 6SE)
Relaxed restaurant, Roastit Bubbly Jocks, serves up traditional Scottish cuisine with a modern continental influence.
Expect the likes of chicken breast with Stornaway black pudding and lyonnaise potatoes, as well as slow cooked pork belly with colcannon, squash and sherry glaze.
(10 Clarendon Street, G20 7QD)
Tucked away on a quiet street in St George’s Cross is the Black Sheep Bistro, a small, homely and family-run eatery.
The menu focuses on traditional Scottish dishes, such as beef olives with onion gravy, mash and seasonal vegetables, haggis, neeps and tatties with whisky sauce, and bacon-wrapped chicken stuffed with black pudding.
(24 Candleriggs, G1 1TD)
The eclectic and atmospheric Guy’s Restaurant has a varied menu, featuring everything from sushi to mince and tatties.
A large part of the menu is dedicated to comfort food, made with local and seasonal ingredients. Diners can look forward to roasted shank of Highland lamb with redcurrant and mint gravy, Scotch beef steak pie with black pudding, and much more.
(62 Argyll Arcade, G2 8BG)
Sloans is Glasgow’s oldest bar and restaurant, and their comfort food menu is infamous.
Their macaroni cheese is so legendary that Sloans even host mac and cheese festivals with the Scottish Macaroni Appreciation Club.
Try the classic macaroni cheese with fries, or add toppings like Ayrshire bacon and brie, smoked haddock or jalapenos.
(111 Hope Street, G1 6LL)
Open since 1976, Ad Lib is Glasgow’s original burger restaurant, and it’s still one of the best for classic American-style comfort food. As well as burgers (which are available with a range of toppings and sides), the menu also includes plenty of other soul food options, like buttermilk fried chicken, barbecue beef brisket, and slow cooked Texan beef chilli.
(12 King Street, G1 5RB)
If it’s vegan comfort food you’re after, Mono is the place to go. Everything on the menu here is 100 per cent vegan, and there are plenty of hearty options to choose from, including pizza with a range of toppings, seitan burgers, mac and cheese, and harissa chickpea stew.
There’s even a vegan version of the Scottish fast food classic, deep fried pizza crunch.