Whether you are looking to catch up with friends, enjoy a day time date or simply want to ditch your boring packed lunch, finding somewhere good to go for lunch can often be a chore.

Luckily, Glasgow has no shortage of great places to go to enjoy amazing lunches at excellent prices.

We have picked 11 of the best for you to try:

1. Enjoy tiffin at Chaakoo Bombay café

(79 St Vincent St, Glasgow G2 5TF)

Picture: Chaakoo

The Chaakoo style Indian wraps and Masala fries are the perfect way to fill you up at lunchtime.

Grab you wrap and stuff it to the brim with house smoked chicken tikka, minced lamb or paneer or enjoy a dish or two from the grill and curry section.

Either way you’ll find out why people have been raving about this cracking new eatery since they opened late last year.

2. Anything on the menu at Roasters

(192 St Vincent St, Glasgow G2 5SG)

Picture: Roaster’s Deli Facebook

Seriously, this place was made for lunch. And brunch, breakfast and elevenses too.

The menu is crafted around the American concept of brunch and offers a dazzling array of comfort dishes that will kick any hangover into touch, quash pangs of hungers for the rest of the day and just generally leave you with a massive smile on your face.

Pancakes, french toast, grilled cheese, hotdogs, burgers, mac and cheese, poutine… the hardest part will be deciding where to stop. Just make sure they smother everything in their stunning beef dip and save some room for their excellent desserts which you definitely don’t want to miss.

3. Sushi burritos at Temaki

(113 Hope Street, city centre G2 6ll)

Japanese food fans will love Temaki, and their stripped back Tokyo style eatery is the perfect place for a delicious lunch.

Their now famous sushi burritos are slightly misnamed as there’s no Mexican fusion trickery going on, instead it’s just delightful rolls of prime cuts of seafood, rice and vegetables that have all of the flavour of their Mexican namesakes but less of the gut busting calories.

Choose from salmon, tuna, sweet potato tempura or one of the many other options and order a side of nigiri, maki or gyoza and enjoy .

4.  Currywurst at WEST

Picture: Trip Advisor Traveller

What could be better than eating your lunch in the stunning surroundings of Templeton on Glasgow Green, in a working brewery with a beer garden?

WEST brewery offers some of the best German cuisine around and we love the currywurst – two huge smoked bockwurst sausages served with traditional curry sauce, fries, and house salad.

It’s the perfect accompaniment for any of those wonderful house beers that are on offer as you unleash your inner Berliner.

5. Grab a gourmet hotdog at Surfdogs

(49 Kilmarnock Rd, Glasgow G41 3YN)

Picture: Surfdogs

Ok so you might have to come south of the river for this one but trust us, it’s worth the journey.

Founder Martin Capaldi has brought a little bit of the US to the city’s southside with a menu comprising of some of the best hotdogs you’ll find this side of the Atlantic.

Made using the finest Bavarian smoked pork Frankfurters, choose from the likes of the Nacho Dog – smashed tortilla chips, fresh salsa, Queso Sauce, the Beckenbauer – German Currywurst w/sauerkraut, or the delightfully named Bob Marley Dog – Jamaican jerk chicken, slaw, fresh jalapenos, mango mayo sauce.

Don’t worry if you’re not a meat eater, they have plenty of vegan options too.

5. Grab a bucket of mussels at the Mussel Inn

(61- 65 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2NH)

Picture: Trip Advisor Traveller

Glasgow has some amazing places to grab some of the freshest seafood the city has to offer and few places are as renowned as the wonderful Mussel Inn.

Their mussels are grown on ropes in sea lochs on the West of Scotland and the Shetland Isles from sustainable sources and come in kilo or half kilo pots with a great range of styles including blue cheese and Morrocan.

Or if you are in a rush, they offer a Lunchtime Quickie menu with a bowl of Mussels or Seafood Chowder with Salad or French Fries with a range of sauces.

6. Grab some street food at Taste Buchanan

Shrimp buns from Shrimpwrecked. Picture: Taste Buchanan Facebook

Shrimp buns from Shrimpwrecked. Picture: Taste Buchanan Facebook

“A shopping centre food court?” You say with a faux timbre of shock in your voice. “Aren’t they usually just filled with Nando’s and MacDonald’s?”

Thankfully, the answer is not all of them. A quick visit to Buchanan Galleries disproves this theory quite emphatically as you view the board that greets you as you emerge from the escalator.

Their top floor food court area has been transformed into foodie heaven with street food stalls aplenty.

Choose from Slo Barbecue’s pulled pork, brisket and buttermilk chicken, or grab a buntzel – a cross between a bun and a pretzel – from the Hot Stuffed Bread Company, stuffed with delicious fillings like pastrami, emmental and gherkin.

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7. Beer battered fish and chips at The Finnieston

Picture: The Finnieston Facebook

Picture: The Finnieston Facebook

We are not going to lie, all of the dishes we’ve seen coming out of The Finnieston since it helped breathe a breath of fresh air into the stagnant West end food scene have been outstanding.

We could have chose anything on the menu and it would have looked great, but sometimes you just crave fish and chips.

Fish and chips Finnieston-style that is – battered in theit own Apache Pilsner, (brewed for them by WEST Brewery), their chunky North Sea Haddock is served with pea puree, tartar sauce and hand cut chips.

And it is as tasty as it is visually stunning.

8.  Pizza at Paesano

(94 Miller St, Glasgow G1 1DT)

Picture: Paesano

Picture: Paesano

There’s been a raft of great new pizzerias opening in Glasgow of late, but few would argue that for value and quality, Paesano would struggle to be beaten.

The pizzas are quite simply superb, cooked in wood-fired ovens Napoli style, the soft crusts and delicious toppings are perfect for those looking to refuel after a bout of shopping on nearby Argyle Street.

Be warned though, they are liberal with the Extra Virgin Oil, so if you prefer your pizza in the manner you are used to, ask for it on the side.

9. Grab arguably the winner of Glasgow’s burger battle at Bread Meats Bread

(104 St Vincent St, Glasgow G2 5UB and 701 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 8BN)

Picture: Trip Advisor Traveller

Named as one of Glasgow’s top burger joints by the highly respected blogger James Vs Burger, Bread Meats Bread has firmly cemented itself as one the places to go for the best burgers in town.

Burger blogger James said: “The Cali burger is Bread Meats Bread’s love letter to In-N-Out’s Double Double in the US and it’s every bit as beautiful.

“You can stack it with two, three or four patties and be sure to ask for it ‘mustard-fried’. One of the best burgers you’ll ever eat.”

10. One for the herbivores to enjoy… Hug and Pint

(171 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G4 9AW)

Picture: Hug and Pint

Glasgow is rightly cited as one of the best places for vegans and vegetarians to live and the sheer amount of of amazing eateries dedicated to them in the city is pretty mind-blowing.

There are a few that would be worth a mention here, but the Hug and Pint just managed to edge them out with its laid back aesthetic and dynamic menu.

Asian inspired cuisine is the order of the day here with the coconut soup and jack fruit curry (pictured) particular standouts – hearty, healthy and most of all delicious.

 

 

 

About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things whisky-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over six years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink.

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