The Hungry Bite
Writing about food is a middle class pursuit. It requires money to do and appeals an audience of consumers that have money to spend. Our most popular food writers largely write about the unobtainable because we have an insatiable desire for tales of relatable luxury, particularly when it’s flawed.
Although I am the epitome of middle class Edinburgh in lots of ways, I try to do things a little differently with today’s breakfast stop in Clydebank a case in point. This was a fried breakfast in a newsagent shop. It was served in polystyrene, I ate with plastic cutlery and it cost £4.20 including tea and a roll. And it was quite wonderful.
The Hungry Bite is on the main drag of the Dumbarton Road just near Dalmuir train station. It’s a place I pass through fairly frequently as work takes me there for various reasons.
I’ve previously stopped in for a speedy coronation chicken roll but this was my first visit where I had time to take things in properly.
I ordered their standard breakfast which brought together bacon, egg, lorne sausage, black pudding, hash brown, beans and tattie scone. A crispy roll was added as is the west coast way.
The counter people were warm and friendly and the banter with the local customers was quick and lively. The interior could be charitably described as down-at-heel.
The food was cooked to order and soon arrived looking like a breakfast rainbow. It put a smile on my face and will live long in my mind as memorably jolly.
It was not the finest fry-up in history but the lorne was really good and the yolk of the egg was suitably bright. The crisp morning roll was spot on and offered an excellent vehicle for munching the bacon and black pudding.
So overall, I really enjoyed breakfast at The Hungry Bite. Their simple yet well presented food was exactly what I needed which is always a good thing to find. I’ll definitely be back and look forward to eavesdropping on more tales of local life.
Blythe scores The Hungry Bite
3.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
2.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: bacon, sausage, egg, black pudding, tattie scone, beans, hash brown and crispy roll
I drank: tea
I wore: grey suit separates
Total bill: £4.20
Address: 698 Dumbarton Roadd, Clydebank G81 4BB