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Porridge and meat pies might not sound that appetizing, but many visitors to Edinburgh are pleasantly surprised by how tasty the food is. So while you’re there, be sure to experience these five Scottish food musts:
1. Fish and chips. Though you can find this staple nearly everywhere in the United Kingdom, Edinburgh serves its fish and chips a little differently. They come with a “salt and sauce” (a mixture of Gold Star brown sauce and vinegar), making it unique to Edinburgh. We suggest trying out the fish and chips at The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar on Albert Place.
2. Haggis with neeps and tatties. Haggis is a must-eat in Scotland — even if you don’t want to know how it’s made. You will find this traditional combo of haggis, neeps (swede/turnip) and tatties (potatoes) in almost every Edinburgh eatery.
3. Full Scottish breakfast. Although it contains the standard ingredients of sausages, back bacon, fried eggs, baked beans, buttered toast and a mug of tea, the Britain-wide breakfast is made distinctly Scottish with the addition of regional black pudding, sliced sausage, tattie scones and, on occasion, a little haggis.
4. Porridge with salt. If your stomach (or, indeed, your heart) can’t manage the traditional greasy breakfast, enjoy a bowl of porridge instead. But be warned — the Scots likes their oats with salt, not sugar.
5. Meat and fish. Scotland is famous for its meat and fish — from juicy Aberdeen Angus steak to succulent Highland venison to world-renowned wild salmon — so don’t leave the country without sampling some of its home-grown delights. Vegetarians, you can look for a traditional lentil dish.