Maggie Mays

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50 Botanic Ave, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT7 1JR

Serves meat, vegan options available. Large menu, has a vegetarian section offering fry ups, chilli, curries, omelettes, baked potatoes, and more. Uses egg and dairy.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Western, British, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by CiaraSlevin

Rod Stew-art - Edit

Wake up Maggie I got somethin' to saaaayyy toooo youuuu...

A student staple, offering food at a reasonable price. Focus is on fried and mass catering, seems to be quite popular, but not a huge range for non carnivores.

You're looking at chilli, curry or a veggie burger - first two in this list are nearly definitely vegan, the third probably bound with egg. Chips should be OK as a side, champ won't be vegan as uses milk and butter, and the rest of the menu should be clear enough.

Its not gastronome, its heavier food offered reasonably and moderately priced. No quinoa salads, but not something you'll need to take out a loan to pay for either.

Cash only accepted, no cards.

Pros: Cheep , Filling

Cons: Cash only , Limited veg foods

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Student Staple - Edit

If you are what you eat, a lot of students in and around Queens are pure Maggie's fry up.
Maggie's is very cheap and cheerful, hence it's loved around the Holy lands area at Queens. It's probably to the ten-vodka hangover what Florence Nightingale is to nursing (OK or what co-codamol or Nux Vomica are to the hangover, depending on your preference).
The food is good, and from memory your picks for veggie food are:
Veggie curry with half rice, half chips
Veggie tacos
Veggie chili
Veggie Burger
... None of which I think is vegan. The chips, as usual, probably aren't (but do check yourself).
The food is good, but basic, The chili tends to be weirdly super spicy, and is used to fill the tacos. The curry is really super basic, mixed veg suspended in chip shop curry sauce. The veg burger is your average "garden burger" type.
It's OK and not amazing but great on a budget.
They only take cash - it's important to note. The closest cash machine isn't too far away, but is across a main road, and has been known to run out e.g. at Easter or other holiday times.
A few times, my curry has been very lazy - i.e. uncut cherry tomatos and sliced peppers in my chip shop curry sauce. Yech!!
At busy times, it's very hard to find a seat and the service can be very, very slow. I've had a couple of order errors requiring re-cooking too. I'm very patient but if you aren't, and have very exacting requirements, maybe give it a skip.
But for the authentic Belfast experience, try either location for a bit of craic.

Pros: Cheap!, Cheerful!

Cons: Not a wide selection, Probably not great for very specific diets, A little bit much at peak times

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Horrible - nothing vegan - Edit

This place is horrible. Everything about it was horrible. How it is listed on a vegan/vegetarian site is beyond me. I don't think there was one thing vegan on the menu, aside from Oatmeal, which was what I had for dinner.

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disappointed - Edit

There are much better places for veg*ns to eat in the city. Staff wasn't very knowledgable on how to make the options vegan or vegetarian, and even though I asked for vegan options the fries still had butter.

Good for a quick snack, but dishes aren't original, fat and not very tasty.

Pros: central location

Cons: staff not knowledgable, unhealthy food, expensive for what you get

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Good stodgy grub - Edit

Maggie Mays on Botanic is a relaxed cafe which boosts a huge menu including a whole vegetarian selection. Definitely not gourmet or haute cuisine, instead the dishes here are hearty, filling, stodgy and good. More along the lines of huge veggie fry ups, chilli, curries, baked spuds, fajitas, veggie sausages and mash.

Service is quick, staff are pleasant and prices are reasonable. Maggie Mays can be very busy and feel a little cramped at times but it's a good spot which is BYOB in the evening and has been a popular eatery for years. Not bad at all.

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