This value-for-money restaurant review is two for the price of one.
Buddy’s opened as a small takeaway in Glasgow’s southside in 2012 and soon became wildly successful, with queues of customers seen snaking out of the door seven days a week.
Making hay when the sun shined, Buddy’s has since opened an American-style diner a short distance away in Pollokshaws Road.
The menu is practically the same in both establishments and, having eaten in both, I can recommend visiting either.
The popularity of Buddy’s is difficult to pin down at first. On the face of it, this is yet another in an increasingly long line of eateries that serves the staples of American Deep South cuisine. Vegetarians look away now; vegan options are available, but this place is all about the burgers, barbeque ribs and chicken wings.
What Buddy’s does very well are the basics. The diner is big, bright and spacious. Families are made more than welcome.
The service when we visited was friendly and efficient, despite dealing with an extremely busy dining room.
The food is very good quality, decent value for money and – unlike a lot of new burger restaurants – completely unpretentious. This is a cheerful restaurant that understands most of its customers are visiting for a treat, and not a lecture on bovine ethics or kitchen staff credentials.
If you do visit, remember to bring an appetite. Buddy’s serves its burgers with a range of tasty – but very filling – accompaniments, which sets it apart from its competitors.
For example, Gillian opted for ‘The Duke’, a double-stacked version of the popular ‘Western’ burger (cheese, smoked bacon, onion ring and barbecue sauce) with added pulled pork. She swears you won’t get a better burger anywhere else.
I ordered ‘The Bubba’, a double cheeseburger with pulled pork, Carolina mustard sauce and coleslaw. It was packed with flavour and definitely a cut above other restaurants’ efforts.
The principal downside of Buddy’s is its popularity; we visited at 4 p.m. on a Saturday and still had to wait half an hour for a table. By 5 p.m. people were being turned away.
My advice is, if you can, visit midweek – and take a serious appetite.
Buddy’s Bar Diner Grill, 677-681 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 2AB