When it comes to Glasgow’s foodie scene this Christmas, it’s certainly the case that the grub is both naughty and nice. Taking festive flavours to a whole new level for the occasion, Glasgow’s imaginative chefs have come up with some absolute belters this Christmas – from festive-themed toasties to actual Christmas dinners on a pancake- which can only be described as weird and wonderful. Check out some of the best festive food to try this December in Glasgow, because surely it shouldn’t be confined to one day of the year.
1. El Perro Negro’s Festive Burger
One restaurant introducing a Christmas special for the festive season is the winners of the National Burger Awards 2019 and 2021, El Perro Negro. The Glasgow restaurant, which is officially home to the best burger in the UK – the infamous Top Dog, is trying to go one better this festive season by combining some of the best components served on Christmas Day into one tasty burger. Available at their Woodlands Road restaurant, burger fans can enjoy tender deep fried southern style chicken, house chestnut stuffing, double bacon, cranberry jam with lashings of mouth watering chicken gravy. That’s right, a burger drenched in gravy and all the ingredients are sandwiched between El Perro Negro’s in house demi-brioche buns. Phwoar!
El Perro Negro, 152 Woodlands Road, G3 6LF
2. Stack and Still’s Turkey Stack
Popular pancake restaurant, Stack & Still, has introduced their Christmas stacks and boy do they mean business. For all lovers of a savoury pancake, Stack & Still has combined their fluffy pancakes with Christmassy ingredients to create an unreal festive food special. Stack & Still’s signature buttermilk stack is topped with slices of succulent roast turkey, maple sprouts with smoked bacon, roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce and lashings of gravy. For sweet pancake lovers, Stack & Still has also created pancakes that give an ode to Tunnock’s Snowballs- ginger, clove and cinnamon pancakes topped with Snow Balls, mascarpone, winter fruit compote, mint, icing sugar and toffee sauce.
Stack & Still, 100-108 West George St, G2 1PJ
The Winter Garden, Silverburn Shopping Centre, Barrhead Road, G53 6AG
30 Provan Walk, The Fort Shopping Centre, G43 9DL
Braehead Shopping Centre Unit 1C, King’s Inch Road, G51 4BP
3. Lunch Glasgow’s Loaded Pigs In Blankets Fries
Lunch Glasgow, the creators of the infamous hangover cure that is the breakfast wrap, have only gone and smashed it again with this dish. The Glasgow cafe has taken our favourite trimming of the Christmas roast that is pigs in blankets and loaded them on top of its tasty fries. However, these fantastic fries are not only laden with pigs in blankets but also crispy bacon bits and macaroni cheese, a staple on Lunch Glasgow’s menu featuring in both their toasties and burgers too. Plus, Lunch Glasgow has introduced another Yuletide dish that is a baked camembert cranberry mozzarella toastie on the menu and it’s possibly the gooiest toasted sandwich you’ll ever see.
Lunch Glasgow, 1620 Great Western Road, G13 1HH
4. bloc’s Grinch Baws
Whether you love them or hate them, bloc has given Brussels sprouts a fiery shake up that might even be able to turn the most avid of sprout-haters. bloc has deep fried Brussels sprouts in a bright green batter then drenched them in a cranberry sriracha and smoked gravy mayo. And it’s not just the veg going in the fryer at bloc, as you can tuck into deep fried pigs in blankets as well as deep fried mince pies rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with clementine custard (vegan option available too). bloc are also serving up festively-topped poutine plus other festive food like their ‘Yippee Ki Ya Mother Clucker’ burger- house blend fried turkey with Swiss cheese, smoked gravy mayo, cranberry sauce, cranberry sriracha, Christmas slaw, stuffing, pigs in blankets and a roast potato all packed in a pretzel bun.
bloc, 117 Bath Street, G2 2SZ
5. Nonna Said’s Christmas Special Pizza
Nonna Said is constantly coming up with innovative pizzas including ones topped with gold leaf and a breakfast-style one that could be the ultimate hangover cure. Equal parts weird and wonderful, Nonna Said’s Festive Pizza is perfect to indulge in this December by flinging all a Christmas dinner on a pizza, mainly with pigs in blankets as the star topping. The pizza is slathered in rich gravy making it perfect alongside that soft-centred crust, plus you’ll find crispy tatties, stuffing and turkey and herbs on the pizza to bring all the festive feels.
Nonna Said, 26 Candleriggs, G1 1LD
6. The Butterfly and The Pig’s Pigs In Blankets Yorkshire Puddings
The Butterfly and The Pig certainly knows a thing of two about creating a delicious roast, but this Christmas, you can expect it with a proper British twist. Taking the Yorkshire pudding to a whole new level, the Bath Street restaurant is stuffed to the brim with pigs in blankets. This creation is the latest addition to The Butterfly and The Pig’s roast dinner menu and comes served with lashings of glorious gravy.
The Butterfly and The Pig, 153 Bath Street, G2 4SQ
7. Brawsome Bagels’ Christmas Specials
Bringing some brawsome flavours to Glasgow this Christmas, Brawsome Bagels has created two specials that’ll most certainly leave you satisfied. The bagel shop has introduced a festive vegan option known as the ‘Red Roast Feigndeer’, which consists of stuffing, roast tofu, roast veg, red onion relish, cracking crumb and cranberry on a garlic rosemary bagel. And say hello to ‘Saint Nic’ with this festive food special filled with stuffing, roast chicken, roast veg, bacon, cranbeery on a mixed seed bagel.
Brawsome Bagels, 292 Dumbarton Road, G11 6TD
8. Babos’ Christmas Toastie
Returning with it’s Christmas special this year, top toastie makers Babos are making their absolutely delicious festive toasties once again. The toastie hoose opened up in 2020 and has blessed us with some dreamy toastie fillings including their mac and cheese toastie with black pudding and their cheesy beano bursting with baked beans and gooey cheese. Jam-packed with turkey, brie, cranberry, stuffing and rocket, the absolute classic is available now, making for the perfect lunch (or breakfast) treat if you’re in town. Additionally, guests can try out Babos’ toastie crunch where you pick your favourite toastie and have it dipped in a garlic and chilli batter, then deep fried. Sounds unreal.
Babos, 1117 Pollokshaws Rd, Shawlands, G41 3YH