Buddy's Bar Diner Grill
One of the original of the 'new wave' of burger joints is still giving the Southside some big, meaty, smoky flavours.
Before St Vincent Street became ‘Burger Boulevard’, they were queuing out the door at Buddy’s takeaway in Shawlands for some of the first gourmet dude food to really make an impact in Glasgow. Soon after came this sit-in place on a resurgent stretch of Pollokshaws Road. It’s spacious and spartan, with décor that – with its reds, blacks and bulls – almost evokes a certain Chicago basketball team. Beef and brisket are smoked for up to 18 hours in Oklahoma smokers, and prices are competitive. Buddy’s is maybe not as exciting as when it first burst onto the scene, and dishes feel a bit thrown together at points, but poutines and mac and cheese are suitable full-on accompaniments for their signature thin patties, enhanced by mushroom, caramelised onions and bacon (the Buddy’s Special), or the Buffalo chicken sandwich with white cheddar and poutine gravy. They also do chicken and waffles, if you’re wanting some serious US diner-authenticity.
- High point: Still the go-to burger joint south of the river
- Low point: Struggles for atmosphere when it's quiet
- Notable dish: Their trademark burgers: The Western, or the Buddy's Special
- Delivery: Depends on area, between £1.50-2.50
- Private dining: Up to 25 covers
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Americana from 50s through to 90s
- Capacity: 92
- Largest group: 25
- Open since: 2013
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £14.55 per bottle