Fairly easy to get right, usually reasonably priced and by the time you've got creative with toppings you could choose the choice of a thousand burgers in a hundred different Glasgow locations.
Now before you all start shouting at your screen (I can't hear you by the way, but feel free to abuse me in the comments) well what about fish, or noodles or a kebab, or burrito, I agree completely, but our burger choice is not always our own.
Barney and I are well known for our epicurean extravagances, our culinary curiosity, we would probably try my mother-in-laws infamous sh!te with sugar on it, if you wrapped it in a crepe, garnished with a star-fruit and some freeze dried pomegranate flakes. But sometimes we have to dine out with folk that don't like faff. They like their food plainer than a Mother's Pride loaf and a burger is perfect for both us, and them, as I have pointed out - they can pick the burger equivalent of vanilla, whilst Barney and I can max out the options list to create some meat layered monstrosity.
But for all our love of the Aberdeen Angus quarter pounder, with bacon, cheese, extra pickles, lettuce, tomato and mayo. Sometimes you just want something a little less, well burgery. We need a venue that still pleases the less adventurous, whilst caters for our eclectic taste buds.
The Raven is such a place.
A relaxed atmosphere with super friendly staff specialising in slow cooked and smokehouse style meats there is plenty of scope for being extravagant, whilst also going for something slightly simpler.
You can't really upset anyone when you serve haggis pakora, or better still nachos loaded with sour cream and guacamole. The more discerning diner can just heave the jalapeño to one side, if they are not indulging. Of course I can buy nachos with runny yellow cheese at the cinema, so if you're a kitchen serving them up at five quid a bowl, eight if you're sharing, then you rightly expect more. Luckily these could well be the best nachos in Glasgow, I mean they genuinely could, I'd welcome the opportunity to have a Nacho-off if somewhere else wants a go, like. Large crispy triangles are liberally smothered, the large bowl will easily sate even two hungry fellas cravings. So what you get is simple food, done well, which is often harder than you'd expect.
Main courses consist of classics such as Pulled Pork, Rack of Ribs and Pulled Brisket, they even serve it with gravy and slabs of bread, I mean who would not be happy with that? Well vegetarians, vegans obviously, pescetarians I guess, oh and fruitarians - yup you would struggle, but anyone else would love the Raven menu. ***Before anyone gets grumpy there are some vegetarian options, but let's be clear, that's definitely not the Raven’s target market.
The meaty platters are again a decent sized portion of meat which will satisfy most people even hungry ones like we tend to be. A tenner will get you most of the platters, hot sandwiches and hot dogs can be had for less. Sides of fries, onion rings mash amongst the selection, oh and mac & cheese can be had for between 2.50 and 4 quid. Under twenty pounds will see you very well fed.
Add to that a decent craft beer, real ale and cocktail selection means your thirst will be just as well sorted as your hunger.
There you have it. Decent food, without any faff, well cooked at a reasonable price right in the centre of Glasgow. Perfect for every manner of tastes. Could you want anything else?
Oh yeah, they also do burgers…!