Whether it’s a big juicy steak, a huge portion of pulled pork with apple sauce, some charcoal grilled marinated chicken, beef or lamb or even a good old burger, sometimes only a big chunk of cow/lamb/chicken/pig (sorry animals) will satisfy the carnivore in us. This is where to go in Edinburgh to well and truly calm those meaty cravings down.
Fairly new to Edinburgh and still not really well known, I’m sure it won’t take long before word goes around. Bubba Q does US style smoked meat and sides. The decor is a relaxed, albeit ubiquitous industrial style (wooden tables, pipes upscaled to be handrails etc) service is friendly and portions are value-for-money enormous. Think gut busting portions of ribs, pulled pork, brisket, fried chicken, chicken wings, coleslaw and corn on the cob and lots of BBQ and hot sauces to lather it in.
209-213 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PE
Unpretentious, café styled Reekie’s is the Scottish version of the above. All the meat and other ingredients (where possible) are locally sourced and you’ll find Haggis, Whisky and Irn Bru specialties on the menu. All meat is cooked on site too in their authentic US-made smokers.
20 Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8
Shebeen also has two Edinburgh outlets, one on Morrison Street and the other on Dalry Road. Here you can choose your meat feast from a South African themed menu of steaks, burgers, beef frikkedelle (meatballs), BBQ spare ribs, chicken wings, homemade boerewors (South African spiral style sausages), pork belly, beef sosaties (spicy marinated skewered lamb) and Potjie (beef and veg stew). Servings are generous, but if you have any room left, try the Melktert (South African milk tart) for dessert.
8 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8BJ
103-105 Dalry Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2AB
Verdo Turkish BBQ
Not only is Verdo often rated near the top on any ‘Best Turkish Restaurant’ guides in Edinburgh, it’s also nearly always included in outright best restaurant lists too. Well now I’m giving it the hat trick by adding it to the Stuff Edinburgh best meat feast list, which I’m sure they’d be well chuffed by. Go here for the best kebabs, kofte, lamb cutlets and spare ribs in town.
21 Newington Rd, Edinburgh EH9 1QS
Leith Chop House
Leith Chop House is an upscale steak place with pricey but top quality meats that’s been dry aged a minimum of 35 days and then cooked over an open flamed charcoal grill. Yum. They do a pretty tasty roast beef Sunday lunch too and now have a second restaurant on Market Street (this one’s just called Chop House, because it’s not, you know, in Leith).
102 Constitution St, Edinburgh EH6 6AW
15 E Market St, Edinburgh EH8 8F
BBQ restaurants have long been popular in Korea and Korean BBQ in Tollcross is nearly always voted the best of the few you’ll find in Edinburgh. If you’re not familiar with the concept, each table has its own small BBQ set into the middle of the table and you order up a big plate of marinated (Bulgogi) and unmarinated meat (Chadolbegi) plus vegetable side dishes (Banchan) to cook to your own liking. It’s a fun twist on dinner for a group, and at Korean BBQ the quality of the meat is top notch and there’s consistently excellent service.
3 Tarvit St, Edinburgh EH3 9LB