In this month’s BBC OLIVE magazine you can read Ms Monkfish round-up of the best street food Edinburgh has to offer. The August 2013 edition is on sale now. Flick to page 92 pronto….or for a sneaky six second peek check out the monkfish movie!
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Jones & Son are two rather dapper gents who serve up pulled pork every Saturday from a homemade bespoke BBQ built from an old beer barrel. Toby and his dad Anthony cut a dash in their tweed waistcoats and caps at St Mary’s Market serving up pulled pork rolls with slaw (£4), pasties (£3.50) and their own chilli jam and beetroot chutney (£4 or 2 for £7). Currently developing a tasty BBQ sauce the gents will cook up ribs and barbecue beans over the summer and intend to ‘pop-up’ at various events. Roll out the barrel.

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Trucking along in a 1961 Land Rover and pop-up ex-army kitchen Cat and Rob are a sustainable ethical street food company. Hunt, fish, grow, forage, that’s what they believe in. Based north of Edinburgh they park up the ‘old landy’ at various festivals, weddings and food events around the city. Their most popular dish last year was a Wood Pigeon wrap served with bacon, caramelised onions and beetroot puree on a homemade flatbread. Breakfasts are a highlight at festivals – scrambled eggs with wilted spinach, eggy bread and bacon served with their own rosehip syrup. Price range is £3.50 – £5.50. For Wild Rover provenance is what it’s all about.

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JP Campbell set up the Elephant Juice Food Company in January 2012. Leaving his job in corporate insolvency he invested in ‘Dumbo 1′ a 1974 Citroen H van from France and his soup company was born. Serving soup in the early days JP has now branched out to breakfast and dinner service sourcing all ingredients locally. He has a permanent pitch in George Square, central Edinburgh, and has already built up a solid trade of locals. ‘One feeds two’ is JP’s ethical philosophy and he partners with organisations running grassroots projects intended to develop individuals suffering from severe poverty in order that they can become self-sustaining. You buy lunch not only for yourself but also for those in need. £3-£5 will fill your boots.

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Trucking along in Mavis, a sunshine yellow VW camper, Steampunk coffee company’s founder Hans-Erik brews a mean flat white at the weekly farmer’s market in Stockbridge. Serving a full range of espresso coffee as well as loose-leaf teas, handcrafted hot chocolate and yummy cakes. Mavis draws in the VW fans alongside the plentiful coffee aficionados. Steampunk hand roast their own coffee beans in East Lothian, passionate about traceability and sustainability they do their utmost to deliver top quality coffee to their customers. Buy yourself a 250g bag of beans for £6. Coffee from £2 to £2.50.

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Babu Kitchen brings a ‘wee’ slice of Bombay to Scotland. Based in Glasgow they head East every Sunday and park up at the Stockbridge Farmer’s Market. Cooking up authentic, fresh, Bombay Street Food and home style cooking. They’ve been known to mash it up fusion style with dishes such as Bombay Mince and Tatties! Popular dishes include Pau bhaji, a classic Bombay street snack, free range Bombay omelette and Mummy’s Chicken. Prices range from £2.50 for Chai Tea to £4.40 for a main dish. Babu also supplies their Tiffins to Tinderbox Coffee Shops around Glasgow.

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Lobster and chips by the sea? Yes please. This is high-end ‘fish n chips’ served from a shack in North Berwick, a short tootle from town. Local boats in East Lothian catch langoustine, crab and lobster, this is as fresh as it gets, street food with a sea view. The Shack and the local fishermen are on first name terms. From sea to plate within minutes. Fully licensed you can take your fish and chips to a new level as you wash it down with a glass of fizz or a local beer. All you need to top it off is the weather. Apparently the sun always shines at the Shack, yes, even in Scotland!
The Lobster Shack opens from April to October noon till 8pm, fish and chips £9.95, lobster at market price.

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  1. I’m just hoping that Edinburgh Council are open to having more quality food carts about the city. In Portland, Oregon there are hundreds, it’s totally transformed how people eat lunch in particular.

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