By Sam Best
Glasgow is a city jam-packed with meat free options and we’ve chewed our way through the menus to pick 5 of the best places to get your veggie fix.
Mono is a restaurant come gig venue come record shop and features an entirely vegan menu. Everything is fresh and homecooked, and their Seitan burger in particular is a real gem. Couple that with a range of pizzas and lighter options, and Mono is a great choice for a relaxed meal. Try their homemade drinks too – they offer a range of lemonades and a cracking ginger beer from their own microbrewery as well as the standard bar fare. Last time I visited I even got a free glass of wine from a book launch by the bar, which was a rare treat but a good example of Mono’s welcoming vibe.
The 13th Note, 50-60 Kings Road
A hop across the road from Mono is The 13th Note. With a huge vegetarian menu (that does arguably the best chips in town) and a great selection of drinks, including vegan beers, The 13th Note has something for everyone. Check out the vintage jukebox by the bar for some great music or you can head downstairs to the gig venue to hear it live. What’s more, if you’re down to your last fiver, that’ll stretch to a burger, bun and a beer all day all week.
The Flying Duck, 142 Renfield Street
Easily the cheapest option in this list, The Flying Duck is tucked away down an alley near The Herald offices and has a ’round at your mates’ kind of vibe. They have a different burger every month but the real highlights are the vegan hot dog (£1.50) and the taco Tuesday deal – two tacos for two pounds. Yes, you read that right. Two quid. The Flying Duck also has their own beer and a burger for £5 and flashing your student card will get you a 10% discount.
Saramago Café Bar, The CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street
Feeling fancy? The Saramago Café is a beautiful place to have a meal, all fairy lights and stone walls. The menu is totally vegan and does two and three course options as well as four tapas for £10. They also have a wide range of lovely teas if you’re just in for a cuppa, or a massive range of alcohol if you’re in for something stronger. The first Wednesday of the month is also host to Weegie Wednesdays, giving you a chance to schmooze with all types of writers and arty folk over a drink and some delicious houmous.
Meathammer Ltd, Nice’N’Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall Street
I know, I know. With a name like Meathammer of course Nice’N’Sleazy isn’t vegetarian, but I had to include it for the sake of their veggie Heart of the Sunrise burger. Roughly the size of your face, this burger is a stunning thing. Topped off with a good side of chips, Meathammer is the destination for the truly hungry. Having been voted Glasgow’s best burger in 2012, a visit here is a definite must. Alternatively, if you’re a fan of Stilton, try their veggie Perez burger. Everything is cooked fresh here, and after you’ve finished why not pop downstairs for a gig? If you can heave your belly there, that is.
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