When you think of American food, you probably think of fast food style burgers and fries, right? Whilst there are plenty of burger options at Frontier, there’s much more to their menu than first meets the eye. Nestled away halfway up the hill where Tollcross meets Bruntsfield, Frontier are bringing a taste of the great American wild west to Edinburgh. This hidden gem is a must-visit this winter for fans of hearty comfort food with a traditional stateside twist. Think rich, smokey barbecue flavours, delicious meaty grills, classic bourbon and you’re more or less there.
Just like the real frontier, the restaurant is somewhat off the beaten track but it’s well worth the 10 minute bus journey from the city centre. Upon entering Frontier, you’ll be greeted with a cosy, dimly-lit room with plenty of natural wood, dark leather and sheepskin throws. The American flag tabletops and quirky artwork (look out for the plastic toy animals conquering mountains of fast food boxes) inject plenty of fun and personality into what could otherwise be quite subdued surroundings.
What we ate: native New Yorker hot dog & sweet potato fries; chicken, chipotle and avocado burger; toffee apple pie; frozen margaritas.
The menu is full of American classics, Tex Mex favourites and plenty of burgers and hot dogs; it’s not a huge menu but it certainly does take a while to choose as all the options sound very appealing. For lovers of spice there are “proper” stuffed jalapeno poppers and pulled pork carnitas, or for something a little more cowboy style try the BBQ baby back ribs or Colorado stew made with chilli and chocolate. The burgers and hot dogs make up the majority of the menu, and they don’t disappoint; the meat is juicy, the toppings are flavoursome and the fries are crispy. Look out for regular specials on the blackboards, and be sure to listen out for the pie of the day when it comes to dessert – if the toffee apple pie is on, you’re in for a treat!
8 Gillespie Place
Best for: cosy comfort food with friends
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