Remember the great Glasgow burger boom?
Those heady days when every new opening offered its own take on gourmet, artisan and pimped patties?
And remember how the burger boom was overtaken by a sudden surge in the popularity of pizza?
Well, not surprisingly, burgers have yet to vanish completely. They may not be the height of fashion that they once were but, as The Dude might have said in The Big Lebowski, the burger endures.
Glasgow burger boom lives on
At Lebowskis, the burger never went away and never will.
In fact, at Lebowski South on Nithsdale Road, they have taken the burger to new heights.
Their Big Dude Burger Challenge is a belly-busting tower consisting of six different burgers, cheese, salad, fries, mac ‘n’ cheese plus what looks like the world’s most calorific coke float.
Eat it all in thirty minutes and you get a commemorative bowling ball and the burgers are on the house.
Presumably the bowling ball is to remind challengers how their stomach felt afterwards and serve as a warning about the dangers of gluttony.
All we will say to anyone who wants to tackle the challenge is ‘Good luck’ and perhaps ‘Have an ambulance on speed dial’.
Of course, you don’t have to take on the Big Dude Burger Challenge. You can book into Lebowski South for a much more civilised Lebowski burger via 5pm Dining.
Patty Cake burgers for Life
Moving back into the centre of town, Life bar on Sauchiehall Street is also doing its best to keep alive the Glasgow burger boom.
Their kitchen is now being run by Patty Cake, specialists in burgers, cakes and outlandish cocktails.
There are eight burgers to choose between and they come with your choice of six different varieties of fries.
We would choose the Boom Boom Shroom with curly fries. In English, that is a beefy patty topped with crispy pancetta, mushrooms, fried onions and Emmental cheese.
When the Glasgow burger boom was at its height, lots of people championed El Perro Negro. The burger specialists have been a little quiet of late as they put together their new, permanent premises in Finnieston.
Word has it that the all new El Perro Negro will open its doors on the 9th of April at 966 Argyle Street.