From chippies to sushi, Glasgow has a plentiful selection of better-than-average cheap eats. Sam Shedden picks out 14 reasonable restaurants and cafés that won’t leave you wincing when the bill arrives.
Don’t let the name fool you. Bier Halle’s selection of over 100 beers from around the world may give this city centre Bavarian styled basement space its reputation as a great pub, but they also have some fantastic meal deals. Two-for-one pizzas, sandwich and soups for just over a fiver and a free Bratwurst hotdog with every two-pint steins purchased will make this place a favourite for any peckish beer drinkers.
7-9 Gordon St, Glasgow, G1 3PL (0141 204 0706 repulicbierhalle.com )
“The Philly” is arguably one of the best chippies in Glasgow. Its popular with locals on lunch-break and its location on Great Western Road means it gets late-night party goers stumbling through the door. The owners also run the Italian restaurant next door so you know you’re going to get a good pizza here. Of course you can’t go wrong with their well-priced simple and satisfying fish and chips.
445 Great Western Road, West End, Glasgow G12 8HH (0141 339 2372)
With three city centre outlets, there’s three times as many chances to try Pinto’s delicious menu of healthy Mexican street food. Its an easy Subway style experience: pick your wrap, your filling, your sauce and off you go. As well as great prices, the food should keep you fuelled and filled for hours.
5 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3PL, (0141 248 3364, pintomexican.com)
115 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6LL, (0141 243 2321)
138 Queen St, Glasgow, G1 3BX (0141 221 9330
Ichiban Sushi and Noodle Café
Sushi starts from £3.20 at either of Ichiban’s two restaurants. It offers simple, nutritious Japanese cuisine and is definitely one to try if you need a sushi fix or just want to try some something a bit different from the usual pizzas and curries.
50 Queen St, City Centre, Glasgow (0141 204 4200)
184 Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow, (0141 334 9222 ichiban.co.uk)
Where The Monkey Sleeps
A sandwich and coffee shop with a bit of attitude. Big rolls for under £2 are the name of the game in the heavy metal styled eatery. If you’re in need of something a bit more substantial get stuck into a stew or one of the shop’s chunky soups.
182 W Regent St, City Centre, Glasgow G2 4RU (0141 226 3406 www.monkeysleeps.com)
If you like live music, meal deals and a great selection of alcohol then you have no excuse not to go down to Avant Garde. The King Street bar/restaurant has live music in the evenings and fantastic meal offers. Two mains are just £10 on selected menu items.
34-44 King St, Merchant City, Glasgow, G1 5QT. (0141 552 7123 avantgardemusicbar.co.uk)
Bread Meats Bread
A cool American style BBQ burger joint slap bang in the city centre, Bread Meats Bread is the place to go for a decent burger or carnivorous treat. Proving, despite its name, that there is more to the perfect burger than bread, meat and bread, £5 will ensure you are suitably stuffed after an epic burger or sandwich experience.
104 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5UB. (0141 249 98 98 breadmeatsbread.co.uk)
“Best Sandwiches in Glasgow” is what one of the most recent reviews of Piece says on TripAdvisor. It certainly has a strong claim to that title with a mouth-watering of array of meats and vegetables to whet anyone’s appetite.
1056 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8LY. (0141 334 9697, pieceglasgow.com)
Bread + Butter
Bread + Butter is a no frills restaurant set up similar to a canteen that serves massive portions of simple food. A meal and a drink for fiver means everyone is a winner here.
74 Buchanan St, Glasgow, Glasgow City G1 3AJ. (0141 221 4383 breadandbutterglasgow.co.uk)
Banana Leaf offers a mix of Malaysian-Chinese cuisine and is rated and raved about by many of the city’s foodies. The lunch menu offers diners a drink, a starter and a main, all for under a tenner.
67 Cambridge St, Glasgow,G3 6QX. (0141 333 9994)
76 Old Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow, G3 8RE. (0141 334 4445 bananaleaf-glasgow.co.uk)
Stereo is well-known for its versatility, operating as a café, bar, restaurant, music venue and club. It’s got a bit of everything, but with Tapas from £3.75 and cheap sandwiches also available you can come for the food but stay for the entertainment.
22-28 Renfield Ln, Glasgow, G2 6PH. (0141 222 2254 stereocafebar.com)
No-nonsense, delicious pub grub. Three Tapas for under a tenner is the stand-out deal here but there are plenty of pub classics like fish and chips and a Sunday Roast if your particularly famished.
241 North St, Glasgow,G3 7DL. (0141 221 5530 theblacksparrow.co.uk)
Lucky 7 Canteen
Lucky 7 Canteen claims to be “the love child of an empty tummy and a fragile bank balance” and as a result is superb value for any hungry passers-by. This rustic and chilled-out place offers restaurant standard food at canteen prices.
166 Bath St, Glasgow, G2 4TB. (0141 331 6227 lucky7glasgow.co.uk)
The University Cafe
As the name suggests, this wee independent coffee shop on Byres road serves classic comfort food in an art-deco shop at student-friendly prices.
87 Byres Rd, Glasgow G11 5HN, (0141 339 5217)
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