The Cali burger first appeared at Bread Meats Bread as a special menu item back in 2014 as a tribute to In-N-Out’s world famous ‘Double Double’. I reviewed the Glasgow offering back then and called it one of the best burgers I’d eaten in Glasgow. I’ve also eaten the In-N-Out Double Double and to date it’s still one of the best fast food burgers out there. Since then, Bread Meats Bread have made the Cali a permanent addition to their menu and 3 years later, I wanted to see if it still held it’s own among Glasgow’s great burgers.
If you didn’t read my last review (tut tut, you can catch up here), the burger consists of thin, smashed, mustard-fried beef patties topped with melty American-style cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion and Bread Meats Bread’s secret sauce. On this occasion, I went for the 2×2 option (two patties). On my first visit, I went 3×3 but I wasn’t feeling as brave this time around.
This burger is; simply put, a taste sensation. I’ve said previously that I’m enjoying the takeover from smashed patties throughout the Glasgow burger scene and these guys started it all. The patties here are thin, slightly crisp around the edges and butter-soft on the inside. The mustard frying adds a nice tang that cuts through the melty, mellow cheese that’s already coated in burger juices. There’s just the right amount of salad too, with the thick wedge of tomato and lettuce at the bottom adding an extra wee crunch to a soft, melty, juicy, heavenly burger experience.
The bun is classic brioche, but it’s always well-toasted here and a lovely deep golden colour. It never breaks apart, even with messy burgers like this. It’s all finished in the funky red and white wrapper that adds to the fun. Bread Meats Bread’s menu is teeming with options, but it’s so hard for me to look past the Cali when I eat there.
In a city that’s overflowing with burgers, it can be difficult to remain at the top of your game – particularly when the competition is so fierce. I won’t go into the ins-and-out’s of how it compares to the original burger across the pond. You can read about that in my original review. I will; however, say that three years later, this remains every bit as good as it was when I ate it for the first time. I’ve been writing about the best burgers in Glasgow since 2012 and have seen and taken part in lots of debate over on the JVB Facebook page. I’ve always rated El Perro Negro’s Top Dog as my favourite Glasgow burger, but a lot of people point out that it’s not available every day and as such, it’s not fair to count it. I still stand by my claim, BUT if we’re talking burgers that are available to go and enjoy any time you like, then the Cali burger is right up there in the top spot along with the Mad Mac from Bar Bloc – which, by the way, will be my next re-review.
The Cali is a perfect burger. And it’s available in Glasgow City Centre, West-end and Edinburgh, so no excuses. Go eat it now.
Price: £7 (2×2). Larger versions (up to 4×4) extra. Sides not included.
THE JUICY BITS
+ Smashed patties are crispy and juicy.
+ Easy to eat, despite its size.
+ Great flavour. Mustard-fried is a must.
+ Fast food-style burgers at restaurant quality.
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Bread Meats Bread
104 Saint Vincent Street
Tel: 0141 249 9898
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