- Telephone 0141 632 3427
- Food served Mon–Sun 8am–8pm
- Average price £9 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
A proper neighbourhood café that’s moved with the times, doing hearty breakfasts and ice-creams, alongside burgers, ribs and wings in a bright, airy space.
Open since 1931, the Brooklyn Café is a real Southside institution, owing its longevity to a willingness to move with the times while remaining loyal to its roots. The wide-ranging menu covers all three meals, while special vegan and gluten-free menus offer a refreshing amount of choice for those with special dietary requirements. The large coffee is absolutely enormous, but the wide windows at the front afford a good opportunity to watch the world go by before reaching the bottom of the cup. Tasty sandwiches such as the New Yorker – pastrami, gherkins, tomato and plenty of mustard, lightly toasted – are served with chips, salad or sweet potato fries. For the bigger appetite the smokehouse menu offers sticky racks of ribs, Buffalo chicken wings, burgers and pulled pork in a brioche bun or stick with tradition and a full breakfast with both link and square sausage and local black pudding. The old-fashioned counter shows an array of ice-creams, but the real sweet standout is the homemade scones, plain, fruit, cherry, freshly baked each morning and perfect smothered with raspberry jam and clotted cream.
- High point: Lovely scones and enormous coffee
- Low point: Cherry tomatoes standing in for sun-blushed tomatoes
- Notable dish: Scones and clotted cream
- Private dining: Up to 20 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: the ratpack
- Capacity: 65 (6 outdoors)
- Largest group: 65
- Open since: 1931
- BYOB: £2.50; 70p beer corkage