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Cooked sliced open haggis, one of the most popular Scottish foods

7 Scottish Foods And Restaurants for Travelers

Seattle boasts a small yet significant population of people of Scottish extraction — as evidenced by its Caledonian & St Andrew’s Society, bagpipers like Seamus Neary and Suzanne Wolf, annual Highland Games and shinty club. So, if tartan flows in your Seattleite veins, you might want to tantalize your taste buds with a culinary trip to Caledonia. With that in mind, here are 7 Scottish foods and restaurants for Seattle to Scotland travelers to try.

Fish and chips

 

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If you want the best fish and chips in Britain, buy a haddock supper from the Anstruther Fish Bar in Fife’s East Neuk. It’s won numerous awards over the year. Plus, apart from the mouthwatering fresh-caught fish, the surrounding coastal scenery is stunning too.

TAKEAWAY: Did you know that over 250 million dishes of fish and chips are served every year in the UK? This popular meal has been around since the early 1860s and it’s a big part of the history and culture of the UK. In fact, during D-Day, British soldiers behind enemy lines used to call out “fish” and waited for the response “chips” in order to identify fellow countrymen.

Haggis

Traditional haggis is made from sheep’s offal with suet, oatmeal, and spicy seasoning and it tastes much better than it sounds. These days, there are vegetarian versions available; but either way, don’t leave Scotland without trying it. Brasserie Prince at The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh serves a mean haggis, turnips, and potatoes.

Ubiquitous Chip

 

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Ashton Lane is a trendy pedestrian precinct in Glasgow’s fashionable West End, and it’s home to Ubiquitous Chip. This is a Boho brasserie that serves sumptuous dishes like seared bream, polenta-crusted squid and manchego cheesecake. When you want something mouthwatering in chic surroundings, ‘The Chip’ is the place to chow down.

Irn-Bru

Irn-Bru is Scotland’s ‘other national drink’ after whiskey. This sweet, orange-colored carbonated beverage might defy easy description, but it’s the best hangover cure on Earth and in terms of taste beats every other carbonated drinks hands down.

Scott’s

 

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Scott’s is a reasonably new restaurant on the Scottish scene, but as some of the trendiest restaurants in Glasgow, it’s already making waves amongst foodies. With a stunning location overlooking the iconic Three Bridges and Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, a diverse menu and lush décor, dining at Scotts is one of the most desirable dates around.

Ship Inn

Dundee, in Scotland’s northeast, is home to a brand-new V&A design museum which has already become a global architectural icon. And The Ship Inn is a hidden gem in neighboring Broughty Ferry that’s been serving up some of Scotland’s best seafood for years. If you visit, do try the Cullen Skink, a tasty smoked haddock soup with potatoes, chives, and cream.

Laphroaig Distillery

 

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Scottish whiskey is the original and best, and a trip to the Laphroaig distillery on the beautiful island of Islay will leave you in no doubt of that fact. They’ve been making the ‘water of life’ in this small island off Scotland’s west coast for 200 years. Therefore, you’ll be soaking up history as well as a few drams during a delightful tour.

Kayak.com is one of the best places to find cheap flights from Seattle to Scottish airports like Edinburgh and Glasgow. Carriers include British Airways, KLM and Air France. And finding Seattle airport parking is easy with Looking4.com. Drop your ride at the terminal and take off for your highland fling in hassle-free style.

That’s our list! But please share your own favorite Scottish foods and restaurants in the comments section.

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