It might be themed around the Coen Brothers’ cult movie The Big Lebowksi – specifically its prodigiously laid-back central character, Jeff Bridge’s iconic Dude – but don’t go presuming this Finnieston bar-restaurant is all about cheap gimmickry.
Sure, there’s a big picture of the Dude on the wall. And fittings adorned with bowling pins in honour of His Dudeness’s favourite pastime. And a selection of 28 White Russians to choose from – named after every character in the film from The Donny to The Jesus – in tribute to El Duderino’s favourite drink. But there’s a serious dedication by chefs at Lebowski’s to local, seasonal and ethical sourcing on their Scottish-centric menu, and their dishes are full of flavour and show loads of attention to detail.
Lebowskis’ self-styled “legendary” burgers live up to their name. They’re among the best burgers in town, in variants from beef to chicken, coley, pork and mushroom, each served with crisp lettuce, beef tomato and red onions, and accompanied by hand-cut triple fried chunky tats. 28 optional additional toppings from Lockerbie mature cheddar to Ayrshire bacon and spicy marinara sauce give you near limitless choice when it comes to pimping your patty.
They do hot dogs, salads and sandwiches too, and on Saturdays and Sundays, a brunch menu that brings together typically Scottish (full Scottish, cheesy beano) and typically American (pancake stack, breakfast omelettes) traditions when it comes to the all-important first meal of the day. On weekday lunchtimes you can get a salad or sandwich and soup or tats plus a non-alcoholic beverage at Lebowski’s for just a fiver. After which, you may well just fancy treating yourself to a daytime Caucasian. You know the Dude would abide.