Burger of the Week: The One Under

Dish: One Under Burger
Restaurant: The One Under
Price Tag: £9.95

Let’s be honest here. Scotland is not really a culinary destination. How many times have you heard people describe the incredible pasta they ate in Glasgow? How about those ethereal pancakes in Aberdeen? Or that perfect chocolate chip cookie in Anstruther? Yeah, not very many, huh?

Traditional Scottish foods aren’t even really that much more appealing. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good haggis with neaps and tatties, but you’ll have a hard time convincing any blue-blooded American that sheep’s intestines are actually quite tasty. Lucky for me, though, there is something that the Scots excel at: good pub food.

Fish and chips, sausages and mash, and, my personal favorite, the burger. I judge a restaurant on their burger. Because if you can’t make a good burger, well, then I have little hope for the rest of your food. While there are quite a few restaurants in St Andrews, Scotland that make passable, even good burgers, one place stands out in my mind. The One Under, a gastropub located beneath one of the town’s nicer hotels, is a warm and cozy respite from the bone-chilling Scottish winds that serves up some of the best food in town.

Their burger begins with a quarter pound of local beef. They top it with a hearty slab of Scottish bacon, more akin to pancetta than traditional American bacon, a generous slice of good English cheddar, and deliciously nutty caramelized onions. They always cook it perfectly, and the meat is seasoned just right. And, to really gild the lily, I usually swap out the standard fries it comes with for the parmesan truffle fries. Finish with homemade chocolate-filled doughnuts and you have one of the best meals I could imagine.

Hayley Daen is a sophomore at the University of St Andrews, where she lives in a dinky apartment right across from Tesco, which makes throwing impromptu tea parties a snap.

Originally posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

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