I don’t know about you, but everywhere I go, I try to get my hands (well, face) on some street food. It’s probably the best way to get to know the foodie scene of a place, whether it’s Greece, Greenwich Village or hey, even Glasgow.
StrEAT is a Glasgow-based company that aims to bring the best food to the street. Over the last few weeks, food vans (or munch trucks, as I like to call ‘em) have been rolling into Glasgow city centre with everything from Mexican classics, to retro sweets and steamed bao buns.
A great lover of variety and sitting outside when the sun decides to show, I hopped on over to Brunswick Street to sample some of the culinary treats on offer, y’know for journalistic research, of course. Truth be told, with so much to choose from, it was one of those times I wish I could pack food into my cheeks like a hamster – but alas, with little time and normal human eating capabilities, I had just one food van to choose.
Attracted by the smell, menu and the fact that it was a vintage fire engine (an actual fire engine!) Jim and I joined the queue at Firedogs and ordered the True Romance; an XXL smoked German hot dog, smothered in jalapeno cheese and topped with bacon (and gherkins, if you fancy that sort of thing) in a hot, fresh-out-the-oven baguette. Forget True Romance, this thing was love at first bite.
It’s really great to see the street food scene growing in Glasgow beyond our famous Christmas market, and I for one will happily volunteer as tribute to try whatever rolls in next.
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Words by Stephanie Boyle