Juicy Lucy’s Burger Company sort of sticks out like a sore thumb where it sits in Glasgow’s city centre, but that’s only because I’m not used to seeing anything so bold and colourful in that end of town – the weird and wonderful characters who spill out of the Tollbooth across the road not included! Juicy Lucy’s almost looks too new and too shiny to occupy the spot that it does, but it’s American diner vibe and bright, glowing signs lured me in as I was looking for a spot to satisfy a serious burger craving. We sampled the menu’s signature burger and I’m happy to report that it’s a welcome addition to Glasgow’s burger empire.
Inside, there’s a large counter area, TV screens displaying the menu and plenty of Americana decor. The place screams fast food joint, but I was a bit confused as to how we should order. It looks like the kind of place where you’d queue at the counter, order and collect but as I stood at the counter, I was told that I could sit down and someone would take the order. What made it even more confusing was that as we ate our food, more people came in to queue to order. After the initial confusion; however, the service was friendly, if a tad slow.
As this was a first time visit, the classic Juicy Lucy was the obvious choice. Two burger patties stuffed with cheese, topped with even more cheese and served with ‘secret sauce’, tomato and lettuce on a brioche bun. There’s a spicy version available too with hot sauce and pepper jack cheese.
At £5.95, I was slightly dubious as to just how good the burger was going to be, but this was a major surprise. The patties are thinner than you’ll find in a typical steak burger, but since there’s two of them here, you’ll be thankful of that – also, we’re really feeling the whole smashed burger thing just now. It just makes for a better burger experience overall in Glasgow.
The patties were very well cooked, soft and juicy. If you like plenty of cheese on your burger, then you’ll go crazy for this. An abundance of cheese oozed out of the middle as I bit into it as well the extra cheese that’s covering both patties that dripped all over my hands. This is a true dirty burger and one that only a shower can get rid of. Seriously, I could smell burger sauce and cheese for a good couple of hours after eating this and sometimes that’s exactly what you want in a good burger.
The bun was nicely toasted, but still soft and spongy to the touch. I know that brioche buns are about as played out as pulled pork these days, but it’s still one of the best vessels for a patty and all of your favourite toppings. A great burger at an absolutely phenomenal price!
The sides aren’t half bad either. The seasoned rosemary fries are incredibly moreish and will have you fighting over the last one, no matter how full of burger you are. The corn on the cob was soft, buttery and oh-so juicy.
Don’t sleep on this one, folks. It could very well be one of the most underrated burgers in the city. At £11.75 for a Juicy Lucy burger, two sides and two drinks, this place is one of the best value joints in town. The burger was a no-frills affair, but sometimes those are the best burgers. Double beef, cheese, burger sauce, salad and bun. Nothing else was needed here. There’s plenty of other items on the menu and loads of burgers pilled higher than your head with toppings, but go for the classic and don’t forget to take some wet wipes with you.
Price: £5.95. Sides extra.
THE JUICY BITS
+ Well cooked.
+ Great, classic burger flavour.
+ Really great prices. One of the best value burgers in the city.
– Service/setup a tad confusing at first. Service was a little slow.
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Juicy Lucy’s Burger Company
8 High Street
Tel: 0141 552 8713
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