As soon as Kelly Macdonald, 36, the voice of the Scottish princess Merida in the animated feature "Brave," finishes filming a season of TV's "Boardwalk Empire," she returns to her home city, Glasgow. There, she loves to scout out new restaurants and visit old haunts.
"All the pleasurable beige foods," she said, "I get them out of my system the first week I'm home."
Here is an edited chat with her about eating in Scotland.
Q Where should visitors to Glasgow go for traditional Scottish food?
A I love Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery, one of the oldest restaurants in Glasgow, with dark-wood paneling and tartan upholstery. The menu has all kinds of locally sourced fish like sea trout, sea bream, seared scallops. They do an amazing sole meuniere.
I go to Cafezique for Scottish breakfast: sausage, bacon, eggs, baked beans with black pudding, which is basically blood with sausage (it's delicious, but you don't want to think about it too much).
At chip shops, I love to get potato fritters. You put them in a Scottish morning roll, then add ketchup and butter; we don't have the highest rate of heart disease in Europe for no reason.
You can't leave Scotland without trying haggis, and a very good place to do that is the Ubiquitous Chip. Their version is with venison, an offal of minced esophagus, heart, lungs and liver, simmered with onions, allspice and thyme.
A The best restaurant I've ever been to is the Michelin-starred Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, which is a gorgeous 1920s hotel and golf course in Perthshire.
Whenever I'm in Argyll and Bute on the west coast, I always order langoustines with butter at Loch Fyne Oyster Bar. On the other side of the loch is Inver Cottage Restaurant, which looks out onto the ruins of Old Castle Lachlan. The menu is a wonderful mix of Scottish and European: steak and Guinness pie with cheddar mash, and then roasted eggplant with mozzarella.
Q Is summer a good time to go to Scotland?
A Sometimes we get gorgeous weather, but the summer is not much different from the winter -- rainy. Still, the sun sets at 10 p.m., and it's dusky until nearly midnight, so you do get to see the beauty longer.