New city, new tastes. That’s right, Read It and Eat takes on Glasgow! Come explore Glasgow’s rich culinary scene with me – someone who is in no way, shape or form an expert on food, but rather just someone who like, really enjoys it.
The truth is, Glasgow surprised me. I didn’t expect it to be such a foodie city, but there are amazing restaurants and cafes around every corner! My student budget doesn’t allow me to make eating out a habit, but it’d be a waste to live in Glasgow and not explore the culinary scene here. So every meal out is a real treat – and so far, every bowl of ramen, every churro, every pizza has lived up to the hype.
So – let’s dig in.
City Centre – 241 Sauchiehall Street, G2 || ££
Do you ever have those days where you wake up and just want something SMOTHERED IN CHOCOLATE? Boy do I have the place for you. Coro Chocolate Cafe specializes in making your wildest brunch dreams come true. I’m talking crepes covered in chocolate, waffles covered in chocolate, pancakes covered in – you guessed it – chocolate. I’m not kidding you, there is a thing on this menu called a pizza slice that is literally a crepe smothered in strawberries, white chocolate shavings, marshmallow, chocolate – and it comes with a side of waffles and chocolate. WHAT is even happening here. This place is the physical embodiment of cheat day. But it’s fine. Just prepare for the sugar high and subsequent crash that will follow. Hashtag worth it.
Lunch and Dinner Eats
City Centre – 25 Queen Street, G1 || ££
I’ll be honest, I was a ramen virgin when I visited Ramen Dayo. I didn’t fully understand the hype because when I thought of ramen, I thought of those crispy little $1 packs of Top Ramen that some s̶e̶r̶i̶a̶l̶ ̶k̶i̶l̶l̶e̶r̶s̶ people eat uncooked. It gave me PTSD to my broke college days, okay? But I quickly realized that I was missing out on something beautiful. The spicy tantanmen ramen at Ramen Dayo literally warmed my soul. Not to mention a single bowl of ramen served up so much food that I was convinced the noodles were reproducing at the bottom of the broth. With a side of potstickers and edamame, this is easily one of my favorite meals in Glasgow.
City Centre – 94 Miller Street, G1 || West End – 471 Great Western Road, G12 || ££
I’m going to go ahead and call it early – Paesano is the BEST pizza in Glasgow. The competition isn’t even worth reviewing when this place serves up heavenly pies. Think I’m exaggerating? Think again. Just take a bite of their crust that somehow meets a perfect happy medium between crispy and doughy. It’s like taking a bite of a literal c l o u d. A delicious cloud covered in fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, and spianata spicy salami. And a WHOLE pie to myself for a price comparable to the chippy down my street? Yeah, you bet I’ll be coming back. Five stars. All other pizzerias can go home.
City Centre – 104 St Vincent Street, G2 || West End -701 Great Western Road, G12 || ££
After some great contenders in Dublin, I was keen to find the best burger place in Glasgow. So naturally I had to try Bread Meats Bread – if solely for the fact that whoever named the place did a great job. They basically have every burger you could crave on their menu, so there’s something for everyone. Classic beef? Check. Chicken burger? Check. Vegan burgers? I mean, idk why you’re at a burger joint but sure, check. They also specialize in poutine, which like, weird flex but ok. It looked amazing. They had a ‘Cali’ burger on their menu featuring two patties Animal Style… so naturally I had to try it. It didn’t quite live up to In n’ Out (sigh – what ever does?) but for an American girl abroad, it was a great taste of home.
Merchant City – 99 Hutcheson Street, G1 || ££
Brewdog is a UK craft beer company that began up in Aberdeen and has recently scaled so much they just launched their own airline. I stan a brand that supports beer and travel! The DogHouse in Glasgow’s Merchant City serves up a rotating list of Brewdog ales. As a girl from one of the States’ top craft beer cities, this place makes me feel right at home. The staff was super friendly AND they serve food, from burgers to wings. Highly recommend their beer-battered crack fries. Say crack again. Crack.
West End – 665 Great Western Road, G12|| ££
Honestly I don’t know what I expected from the food scene when I moved to Scotland (Haggis House??) – but a churro shop certainly didn’t top the list. But everyone knows that churros are God’s favorite dessert so I’m here for it. The signature item on the menu at this absolutely delightful West End dessert shop? Naturally, the eponymous loop n’ scoop. Aka a churro as big as your head smothered in chocolate and cookie crumbs, served in two scoops of gelato. Aka, I’m definitely gaining the Freshman 15 this year. Still worth it.
What are your favorite places to eat in Glasgow? Stay tuned for more foodie adventures!