It's been a fair few months since the last Glasgow Burgerthon outing to Ed's Easy Diner, but having taken a short break it's now back and raring to go. If you want to find out what the Glasgow Burgerthon is all about then be sure to check out the introductory post before getting stuck in!
For our fourth venue we had originally decided on visiting Jacker De Viande, which was supposedly a fierce contender in the race for Glasgow's best burger, however upon arrival we discovered that they were apparently closed for good. Pretty disappointing, as I'd been dreaming about it all day, and there was no information about this on their website or any of their social platforms. Ugh! Instead, we decided to make a last minute substitution and headed across the street to Meat Bar, who had just missed out on making the shortlist for the Burgerthon anyway.
Unlike some of the venues chosen for the Glasgow Burgerthon, Meat Bar is not just burgers. As the name suggests, their options are predominantly meat based which extends even to their cocktails. A chorizo cocktail isn't something I've tried before, but it certainly caught my eye... Maybe one day when I'm not driving I might be brave enough to give it a go!
We visited on a relatively quiet Tuesday evening, but by the time we were leaving the majority of the tables had been filled. The staff were quick and attentive, which is never a bad thing, and their music choice was impeccable. That's a big deal for me!
On the day, I hadn't really intended going for a starter, but then again I never do. It just kind of happens. I love food, okay? However as soon as the server highlighted the Haggis Bon Bons on the specials menu Paddy knew he had to have them, and so I decided to give the Ham & Chorizo Croquettes a whirl. We both thoroughly enjoyed our choices, as well as having a wee nibble from the other person's plate as per usual... I did think the croquettes could have benefited from a touch more Manchego, but don't I always? Regardless, the accompanying tomato jam was the perfect level of sweetness and worked brilliantly alongside both the croquettes and the haggis.
Now for the main event! True to form, I opted for a classic burger with cheddar cheese - minus the pickle. Whilst the burger was beautifully seasoned, it leaned on the drier side which isn't really my cup of tea. I like my burgers juicy and dripping! It was really flavourful though which did pull it up a bit in my estimation, and again the tomato jam worked perfectly as an accompaniment.
In a slight twist of events, Paddy decided to go for the Grinder Burger, which consisted of a paprika dusted beef patty, grilled chorizo and Manchego cheese. Much like myself, he agreed it was a great balance of flavours but again a bit too dry for his liking.
I don't mind having to order chips separately, which was the case in Meat Bar, as it usually means I can try some more exciting options. For some reason, my imagination got the better of me and I decided to opt for the Swine Fries with pulled pork, chipotle sour cream, red onions, peppers and jalapeños. They were really delicious, but cost nearly as much as my burger for a relatively small portion. The same could be said for the plain fries which seemed a tad overpriced for a small portion. When the burgers themselves aren't the cheapest, this was a bit of a bugbear for me.
In a very similar fashion to previous venues for the Glasgow Burgerthon, Meat Bar didn't *quite* blow me away. It was by all means enjoyable, and I'd most definitely be back to try some of their unique cocktails and maybe one of the steaks that seem to be their "thing". The main issue for me was the pricing, which had been slightly unexpected for us.
She thought: Quality of burger 3, Variety available 3, Atmosphere & service 4, Value for money 2
He thought: Quality of burger 3, Variety available 4, Atmosphere & service 3.5, Value for money 2.5
Overall, Meat Bar scored 25 out of a possible 40
Check out the rest of the Glasgow Burgerthon to see how it compares