Top Ten Hot Eateries - Glasgow

Big Blue has to be one of the finest outdoor food and drink venues that Glasgow has to offer

Feature by Simone Gray | 13 Sep 2006

Best for... Budget
University Café – 87 Byres Road, West End
Opened in 1918, this capsule of yesteryear is decked out in comfortingly aged art deco couched booths and linoleum tables and continues to offer a satisfying food solution. Their fry-ups are perfect to provide sustenance for a day of studying or to chase the booze blues away. For under a fiver you could get fed and watered no matter how badly beaten your budget.

Best for... Hangovers
Offshore – Gibson Street, West End
Offshore, situated on the edge of Kelvingrove Park, will happily host you in the comforts of their oversized and beaten couches to slowly sip your way through a rainy morning. They offer a limited selection of snacks and a full selection of hot beverages. The young and fresh staff will serve you in a perfectly distracted manner in order for you to get on with that book you had to finish by yesterday, or leave you to gossip amongst yourselves.

Best for... Sarnies
Where the Monkey Sleeps – 182 West Regent Street, City Centre
This sandwich bar/coffee house/art space with exposed stonework and homey lounging spaces can be a bustling and noisy place that has many unusual and culinary creations flying out of the kitchen. The offerings to the food gods leave other sandwich shops in their aromatic dust. The ever-changing and bold sandwich, salad and breakfast menu is a taste bud celebration laced with a usually blaring RAWK soundtrack.

Best for.. Italian
Little Italy – 205 Byres Road
The queue on a Sunday evening will quickly give away that this is the top spot for pizza takeaway in the West End. The Italian fare can fill the gap for a range of budgets and offers good quality time and time again.

Best for... Curry
The Village Curry House – 129 Nelson Street, Tradeston, Southside
This has to be the best-kept local secret for the ultimate curry experience that Glasgow has to offer. If you have the energy to make your way across the river this spot will not only provide authentically delicious Eastern fare but can also offer two course meals for a small group for just over twenty pounds. The restaurant and takeaway lacks frills but more than makes up for this with a tantalising menu.

Best for...Veggies
Grassroots - 93-97 St Georges Road, West End
You won't find a better green solution to your hunger pangs than Grassroots Café. The imaginative menu celebrates all that is vegetarian and fair-trade and caters to all needs anytime of the day with feel-good flair, although for a full meal it might need to be visited on a pay-day.

Best for...Celtic Connection
Oran Mor – 731- 735 Great Western Road, West End
If for nothing but the venue, this converted church is one to visit for a distinct Scottish flavour. If you are at Glasgow Uni you will no doubt be trawling the student haven that is the West End for a late night haunt and will at some time find yourself sipping vodka cranberries and dancing the night away to cheesy tunes in the dungeon club.

Best for... Scenesters
Nice 'n Sleazy – 421 Sauchiehall Street, City Centre
This legendary haunt offers reasonably priced bevvy, fair and tasty bar food and a great place to catch up on the alternative/indie scene with the regular live music slots. With pound-stretching value and a celebrated jukebox, hours happily pass into good memories.

Best for...Outdoor Eating
Big Blue – 445 Great Western Road, West End
Big Blue has to be one of the finest outdoor food and drink venues that Glasgow has to offer. Situated by the Kelvin riverside, the weather beaten outdoor tables are a great place to catch some rays but the culinary class will draw a crowd come rain or shine. Expect crispy pizzas, fresh herb flavours and sumptuous Mediterranean ingredients and, of course, cold pints.

Best For...Music while you mange
King Tuts Wah Wah Hut – 272a St Vincent Street, City Centre
This famous rock venue might not need any introduction, but, if you want to be on the cusp of the up and coming wave of bands, this is the place to be. First and foremost it is known as the venue that has launched the careers of a few now well-known artists but, alongside the hallowed music venue, the restaurant, bar and corner pool table only add to the entertainment on offer. Rock on.