Maggie May’s, Belfast
Located on Belfast’s Botanic Avenue, between the student digs of the “Holy Lands” and Queens University, Maggie May’s is a haven for students, families and, more recently, business people. It is surrounded by pubs and nightclubs, beside Belfast’s Empire Music Hall and just a few steps from the Golden Mile.
The cafe is open all day and has a laid back, friendly atmosphere. The walls are decorated with historic signs and photographs. There are a number of booths, with one right by the window that is perfect for people watching. The staff tend to be friendly and helpful and there is a table with piles of brochures and flyers telling you what is going on in the local area.
The food at Maggie May’s is what you would expect from a Belfast cafe. The student hangover cure and local favourite is the Ulster Fry – like an English Breakfast but with the addition of potato bread, soda bread and a pancake. There are also a wide range of other breakfasts including a veggie breakfast, a New York breakfast, porridge and a number of toasted breads. The lunch and dinner menus have a large range of burgers, chilli, bakes, baguettes, baked potatoes and stews – the beefsteak stew being a favourite. There are also a number of daily specials.
On the menu there is a surprising number of things to go on chips– you can order chips, gravy chips, curry chips, cheesy chips, garlic chips, peppered chips, cheesy garlic chips and cheesy peppered chips.
Maggie May’s doesn’t have a license so another way of keeping the cost of your meal down is to bring your own wine or beer. There is a small charge for corkage.
Tel: 028 90322662
Address: 50 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JR