We stayed at the Ibis Budget Hotel (read “hostel”) in Edinburgh, which was clean and cheap, next to the Tron Kirk, and best of all, two doors down from The City Cafe, an American-style diner complete with Ritchie Valens tunes on the jukebox and Elvis memorabilia on the walls. Maybe you’re thinking like a pretentious dick and wondering why we’d want to go to Scotland and end up in a lame-ass place we could go to at home. You’d be totally wrong, because the City Cafe was awesome, and if I had my way, I’d eat there every day.
Here’s their Scottish Breakfast plate, with eggs, bacon, hash browns, sausage, black pudding, grilled tomato, mushrooms, baked beans, potato scones, toast, and choice of coffee or tea. I would order the 1/2 plate (forefront), while the Huz would get the full plate (rear). Scottish oats are gluten free, so I had no trouble with the sausage or black pudding, but would give the Huz my toast and potato scone.
They also had a full bar menu, and we were on vacation. So sue us for drinking our breakfasts. I ordered the Stowford Press cider, while Huz got a Talisker. And I’ve never gone out of my way for chocolate and hazelnuts, but their Nutella milkshake was amazeballs.
Mmm, crisp AND refreshing!
If you’re in central Edinburgh, stop by The City Cafe
19 Blair Street, Edinburgh
Midlothian EH1 1QR, United Kingdom
+44 131 220 0125