The French may have given the world the best chefs but American diners provide more than just good food as eating out Stateside is just as much about
having a good time. Clare Lawler checks out what’s on offer.
.\~ RESTAURANT 18 HOWE STREET EDINBURGH
031 225 7225
"STANDS HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE NORM"
Gillian Glover, Scotsman
50 HOPE STREET. GLASGOW, 02 Tel: 041-248 4466 Fax: 041-248 4535 HOURS OF BUSINESS Restaurant Mon-Wed - 1200-1 1pm Thurs. Fri. Sat - 12.004 1.30pm Sun - 12.30pm-10.30pm Bar 12-12 Bar & Restaurant Happy Hour - Mon-Sat 5.30pm-8.30pm
Two course kids menu & drink for only £3.95 Sundays - each child who brings an adult eats free.
"SPECIAL ATTRACTION" Two hundred foot suspended model railway Authentic American Meals
I Chicago Meatpackers 50 Hope Street. 248 4-166. A restaurant which sets out to provide good American dishes and deliver the trappings of the American eating experience in abundance. For example. order ribs. smoked over applewood on the premises and let the sauce drip down the generous bib the staff are happy to provide. People with big appetites are encouraged to indulge them: students receive a discount of 25 per cent and on Sundays one child per adult can eat free. Selected items are half-price between noon and b.3(lpm.
I Bell’s Diner 7 St Stephen Street. 225 81 lb. Situated amongst a variety of eateries. this ever-popular Stockbridge diner has built an impressive reputation for its selection of homemade Stateside burgers and steaks. The combination of ingredients and good presentation guarantees to satisfy when your tastebuds cry out for a succulent burger; vegetarians need not miss out on the experience with Bell‘s surprisingly good nut burgers. Bring some friends and make a real meal of the generous portions. right down to the puddings and sweet pancakes in this cheerful American burgerjoint.
I Date R00 37 George Street. 226
3| l l. xl/mus'l classic American diner. Almost because while it serves simple. uncomplicated American food (including excellent burgers) and contains touches such as an original coke-bottle vending machine and well- stocked juke box. its design leans towards a stylish cafe-bar. During the day the menu offers a more than tempting alternative to Princes Street‘s fast-food joints. and (‘afe Roc continues to serve its American specialities into the night. with cocktails at £l.5() from 4pm till midnight.
I Mamma’s 3t) (irassmarket. 225 6464. The (irassmarket's American pix/a specialists continue to build on their success: the basic repertoire ofcreate- your own pix/as has been expanded with a new list of Stateside specials and Sunday brunch. You can now get spicy meatballs on garlic bread. smothered in sauce and melted cheese. with extras lor £3.95. You could get them delivered to your door. but then you‘d miss out on the lricndly service and welcoming
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I The Rock Date 18 Howe Street. 225 7225. You could be forgiven for thinking that a restaurant which calls itself the Rock Cafe is a place where music matters more than the food. But this is a restaurant where food is taken seriously. All the dishes are prepared using fresh ingredients in the open-plan kitchen and the management prides itselfon using fresh west coast salmon and Angus beef hung to its own specification. This is elevated American cuisine. (home from a menu ranging frotn generous Steak Tcriyaki to Salmon Bisque. from mid-April the three-course lunch is particularly good value at £5.95.
SUN TO FRI 6.00pm to 10.30pm ALL DAY SAT 12.00pm to 10.30pm LICENSED RESTAURANT