19 Cafe Bar
Conveniently located right across the road from the Finest office on Lever Street, in the heart of the Northern Quarter, 19 Cafe Bar is a truly wonderful place to go for some brekkie – especially if you’re feeling a little worse for wear after the night before (like I was). I went for their HUGE stacked pancakes smothered in syrup and something that is like crack to me – Biscoff.
20 Inch Bratwurst
They’re celebrating Oktoberfest over at Albert Schloss, and although I was under the impression that every day in there was like Oktoberfest, they’ve introduced some new German biers and this – a huge sausage – which we promptly devoured when we visited this week. The bratwurst in Schloss are always tasty, and quite possibly the best you’re going to get in the city, so I suggest you grab a mate and get your lips around each end of this massive sausage ASAP.
Honey Glazed Pork Belly Skewer
The sign of a good bit of Pork Belly is “Is it better than mine?” Now, this isn’t as easy as you might think – as I’m responsible for cooking quite possibly the best pork belly ever, slowly cooking it for 3 hours, letting it rest and chill in the fridge for a few more hours and then grilling. Mmmm. Well, this Pork Belly from BAB passed the test. It’s MUCH better than mine and that’s not just because it comes with pork scratchings either.
Fruitlands: Mai Tai Edition Beer
Stretford Food Hall
My eyes were instantly drawn to this pint can tall boy, mostly for it’s bright red colour but also because it mentions ‘Mai Tai’ on the front and promised to be a fruity cocktail beer. It didn’t disappoint. It’s a salty, sour beer with heavy doses of orange, lime and pineapple and is absolutely glorious to chugg down when watching your stories or killing zombies on COD. It’s also available at the Ancoats General Store if you’re in town and don’t want to miss out.
Full English Brekkie
The Bay Horse Tavern
The Bay Horse, my favourite boozer, is bringing back their Bottomless Brunch in a couple of weeks and so I went down to get some pics and then ‘accidentally’ ended up tucking into their outstanding Full English Breakfast. Obviously you can get it as part of their Bottomless Brunch deal when it comes back, but you can also get it everyday until 4pm – so if your hangover just won’t go away – this is the remedy.
3 Big Gooey Cookies
Even though some people might say that I AM Manchester’s Finest, I still decided that I should become a Subscriber on Facebook this week – mostly because for the low low sum of £2.50 per month I’d get a LOAD of free stuff – starting with 3 cookies from Gooey. I mean – just look at them. Mmmm. Anyway, I’m assured that there’s something new (and FREE) coming next week too – which eagle eyed readers might be able to work out by reading this article a little more…
Holy Crab Bao Bun
Wolf at the Door
Yes! They’re BACK. The bao buns at Wolf at the Door were a constant go-to before lockdown and after a prolonged absence – they’ve brought them back to us. We went down to get some piccies this week and, of course, tried them all to make sure that they were still as good as they’d always been (they were). Of particular note, their new Holy Crab Bao Bun is an absolute delight and you should probably try that one for sure.
Chicken & Chips
South Manny Flavaz
The Arndale Market has been a much better place since South Manny Flavaz arrived and this week I just HAD to head on down for some of their legendary fried chicken.Spicy crispy and packed full of flavour, I’d even go so far as to say that this is the best chicken in Manchester, although that might get me beaten up around some places. There’s no denying the quality here though and the price point is perfect for lunch time.