We are at the burger crossroads. The much maligned fast food staple has been elevated to a higher place and competition to have the right combination is fierce across the city. On this particular corner of St. Vincent Street the contenders are Handmade Burger Company, Five Guys, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Bread Meats Bread.
Three are chains, one is an independent. All are pretty good at what they do.
We can’t help but admire Bread Meats Bread as the lone wolf staring down the big brands. Of course, they are also branching out with a new Bread Meats Bread restaurant location opening in the West End and an existing place on Lothian Road in Edinburgh.
It’s not easy coming up with winning combinations on a menu. It takes a particular skill to then replicate that formula in other dining rooms and ensure a consistently excellent experience for customers.
It needs a cadre of enthusiastic staff, some luck and one or two outstanding hero dishes to capture the imagination and keep people coming back for more.
The Wolf of St. Vincent Street is the signature burger at Bread Meats Bread. It’s their challenge to their competitors and a clarion call to beef eaters.
It’s not particularly experimental. They haven’t deconstructed an American classic.
There’s nothing we can highlight on this dish that’s going to provide a major talking point (pulled pork may as well be on draught in popular restaurants these days).
What we have here is just a dish that is greater than the sum of its parts, a full on meaty treat prepared with love and served by smiling staff. That will do for us.
Fun Fact: The side we had with the burger was a portion of caramelised sweet potato fries served with maple syrup, cayenne pepper & coconut (£3.50). We’re pretty happy pouring maple syrup on most things but this was a taste sensation.
Wolf of St Vincent Street beef burger with American cheese, crispy bacon, pulled pork in BBQ sauce, crispy fried onions and ‘Nduja Mayo (£10)
Cali Burger 2×2, mustard fried or regular. Two layers of thin burger patties topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and secret sauce (£7)
Buffalo Fries, with hot Buffalo sauce, Blue Cheese mayo and crispy fried onions (£3.50)
We are discovering Glasgowist’s Best Dishes, in no particular order, as a showcase of what’s good to eat right here, right now.
Bread Meats Bread
104 St Vincent Street
T: 0141 249 9898