Even though I’m about to move to the south east of Glasgow, an area entirely new to me, I still feel a huge connection to Partick, a place I feel has been vastly underrated, but has grown considerably over the past couple of years into a place foodies really ought to flock to.
The slightly edgier neighbour to Dowanhill and Hillhead, Partick provides a humble haven of small businesses, restaurants and cafes that any Glasgow food lover will love. From beautiful brunch spots to long-standing favourites, here are some of the best foodie spots…
An oldie but forever a goodie, Café Zique has a reputation in Partick for providing locals with some of the best breakfast fare around. From locally sourced pork sausages and Puddledub bacon to their range of breads, bakes and cakes, it’s no wonder this place is constantly full to the brim each weekend, whether it’s a group of students nursing a hangover, a couple on a brunch date or a family enjoying a meal out.
Relatively new to the area, this small café has been a huge hit with foodies from all areas of Glasgow. Their babka French toast has to be one of the most Instagrammed brunch dishes in Glasgow right now, and their constantly changing eclectic menu means there’s always something new to try. Their coffee has gleaned rave reviews from the caffeinated community, and I can personally vouch for the outstanding lemon babka French toast currently on their menu, it’s fricking awesome!
The Italian deli and café expanded from it’s Alexandra Parade spot to Partick in August of last year and has proved popular among locals. I’ve previously raved about their incredible n’duja, and their cannoli are to die for, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit. From their wide-ranging deli counter of meats, cheeses and antipasti, to their range of Italian wines and of course their sit-in café/restaurant.
Partick Duck Club
Having just recently re-opened after a quick refurbishment, Partick Duck Club has proved VERY popular with the locals. Their famous duck fat fries are loaded with a range of optional toppings, from Snowdonia black bomber cheese to honey mustard mayo and crispy bacon. Their all day and night breakfast menu has gone down a storm with brunch lovers, with unusual dishes like Orkney crab and poached duck egg on toast or duck leg and n’duja hash. If you’ve got room after all that savoury goodness, their deep-fried ice cream cinnamon bun is a wonder to behold.
A lot of people forget about Bibi’s, simply because it’s a little further out of the way, but it’s a real hidden gem, offering delicious Mexican food at incredibly reasonable prices – not to mention that the first thing they give you when you sit down is a free shot of frozen margarita and a bowl of homemade tortilla chips and salsa. Their early bird menu is just £11.95 for two courses or £14.95 for three and includes delicious dishes like sizzling fajitas, pulled pork in a spicy chipotle sauce and more.
Nam Tuk Tram Stop
I know it’s kind of questionable as to whether Nam Tuk Tram Stop falls into Partick’s domain, so for the purposes of this list, I’m saying it does! The curse that seemed to affect every restaurant or bar that opened its doors in that corner spot seems to have (hopefully) finally been lifted, with Nam Tuk providing a wide-ranging and delicious pan-Asian menu. They also offer delivery, so you can eat your favourite dishes in your PJs if you like!
Partick Farmer’s Market
Who doesn’t love a farmer’s market?! Running on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at Mansfield Park Square, expect a few street food trucks as well as a whole lot of Scottish farms and small businesses. From fresh beef, pork and bacon to artisan cheeses, oils, fresh fruit and vegetables…there’s something really wholesome and enjoyable and talking to producers and knowing exactly where your food is coming from, plus, you make every small business owner do a happy dance when you buy from them instead of your local supermarket!
Previously the home of Tiki bar and restaurant, the Pacific, Honu offers what can only be described as a pan-Asian menu, with a range of dishes to suit all tastes. If you don’t want to limit yourself to just one dish, you can order a number of dishes from their small plates menu, including Gyoza dumplings, King prawn tempura, Korean chicken bites and more. During the day they also offer a lunch/brunch menu including a range of toppings on sourdough toast, because who doesn’t love sourdough toast?!
On the hit list…
I’m not an eating machine, I can’t wander round Partick over a weekend and manage to eat at every restaurant on my list, that would be insane! However, I feel like I have to mention a couple of places that I’m really keen to try but haven’t yet had the chance. First up, it has to be Gather by Zique. Replacing delizique, this new restaurant has received rave reviews with its ever-changing menu based on seasonal ingredients and describing their style as ‘fun dining not fine dining’.
I’m also a little ashamed to say that I have still never set foot inside Roastit Bubbly Jocks which, despite having one of the most fantastic restaurant names ever, is a long-standing favourite.
On the other end of the spectrum and relatively new to the Partick food scene is Meat Up Deli, a burger joint which seems to have materialised at Partick train station. I’ve heard very little about it from the large burger loving community, so I’m a little curious…