The Liverpool Burger A-Z

When it comes to eating out most of the time I am incredibly indecisive and can't even decide what I want to eat, never mind where. Sometimes, though, I am consumed by cravings and once I've got my heart set on something there's no changing my mind. One thing that quite often sneaks into my cravings calendar is a good old burger. Fortunately, Liverpool is abundant with them so just in case you ever fancy one I've put together the definitive, (almost) complete, and fully comprehensive A-Z guide of where you can get one.
Almost Famous- River Phoenix Burger with Frazzles 
[I'd actually planned to have this post up in time for National Burger Day but it turns out finding restaurants named with all the letters of the alphabet is actually pretty tricky- who knew?!]

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Mexican Liverpool

When it comes to bucket list items most of mine revolve around food. Last year I had midnight tapas in Madrid and this year I managed to fulfil all my Sound of Music fantasies with a strudel for breakfast in a Viennese coffee house.

When we booked our summer trip to Mexico without a doubt my main concern was having a proper taco (and relaxing and having a nice holiday too blah blah etc). Whilst Playa del Carmen is undoubtedly a tourist hot spot, we were reliably informed that the locals eat their tacos at El Fogon and we were certainly not disappointed. Oh man, it was good.



Our little table at the side of the road was filled with plates of Tacos al Pastor, soft tortillas filled with freshly carved pork, fresh onion, coriander and grilled pineapple. We got stuck in, head first in to trays of nachos, chips, guac, salsa and beer and it was GREAT.

As it turns out it is hard to go cold turkey from 10 days of tacos so I've rounded up a few places to get your Mexican fix in Liverpool.


1. Lucha Libre
Top of the list for me is Lucha Libre, the Wood Street restaurant serving up Guadalajara-inspired street food. The menu is filled to the brim with tacos, quesadillas, dirty fries and bar snacks plus they do the best frozen margaritas in the city.

2. La Parilla
Known to all of my friends, family and work colleagues as simply 'The Mexican', this Crosby South Road born restaurant has recently opened up a second location on Bold Street.  Expect big plates of home-cooked food.



3. Savina
Originally based on Duke Street, one of Liverpool's best known Mexican resturants Savina has just moved to a new home in Queen's Square. The interior has had a sleek and colourful refurb and they have an outdoor dining area for when the sun is shining.


4. Wahaca
The baby of Masterchef winner Thomasina Myers, this huge London-born chain aims to take the grease out of Mexican food and rebrand it with freshness, colour and flavour. They've got  an absolutely enormous selection of Tequila and Mezcal to get stuck in to.


5.  The Tavern Co
Whilst technically more Tex-Mex than Mexican, this Smithdown institution known best for its breakfast also has a few banging dinner options to satisfy your tastes for the good stuff. Independent, family owned and they do brunch tacos, too.



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Liverpool Crowdfunding

If you're not yet clued up on Crowdfunding then it's basically the latest way to fund a project whether that be a new invention, a new business, a cafe, shop or restaurant by asking large numbers of people to pledge money, usually in exchange for rewards. For example, you pledge £30 to help us open our new cafe and we'll give you a voucher to eat at the restaurant once we're up and running. It's a win-win!

Us Scousers are the generous type and over the past couple of years we've managed to crowdfund some fantastic new projects including some of my new favourite bars and restaurants. With the closing of the  Constellations Kickstarter campaign just days away, I thought it'd be good to have a look back at some of the successful (and unsuccessful) campaigns the city has seen over the past couple of years.

Constellations

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Bread & Butter

When it comes to a food trend Liverpool has seen it all this year. We've seen this rise of the insanely-topped 'freakshake', competed for the title of biggest burger, eaten mountains of halloumi fries and made everything-but-the-kitchen-sink salt and pepper flavoured. Whilst I love getting my teeth stuck in to these weird and wonderful creations as much as the next greedy Scouser,  I can't help but be pleased to see restaurants brave enough to take it all back to basics.


The closing of The Clove Hitch on Hope Street has been bittersweet for me. Whilst I was sad to see it go (we celebrated a few special family occasions in there),  it's departure has made room for a new, family-owned restaurant who are bringing back the bistro in the form of Bread and Butter.




As the name suggests, everything here is about simplicity. Dark wood floors and huge Georgian sash windows sit alongside crisp white tablecloths and flickering tea lights to create a beautiful yet understated dining area. The menu is short and sweet and consists mostly of comforting French Country classics like savoury Buckwheat Pancakes, Aubergine Gratin and Chicken Fricassée. There's no messing about with the prices either. Starters and desserts are marked at a very reasonable £4.50, mains at £12.50 with no extras, supplements, set menus or added items. 



The food is confidently understated but very satisfying. After a quick catch up and a few sips of my Martin Miller gin with Strawberry and Elderflower my starter arrived. Sweet and sticky cubes of Maple Glazed Pork Belly whilst my lovely mum polished off the Homemade Liver Paté with a few slices of local Wildloaf Sourdough


The main event was particularly French with mum tucking into an enormous portion of Boeuf Bourguignon with creamy mash and salad whilst I got messy with a steamy bowl of Moules Marinière . Initially I though the sauce could have done with more of a kick,  but it was perfect when I started dunking in handfuls of salty French fries (or frites should I say?) to mop it all up.



In ode to our brothers across the channel we finished in a rather sophisticated manner with tea and desserts. Whilst I was tempted to try out the namesake dish of Bread and Butter Pudding, I'm a simple girl and there isn't enough willpower in the world for me to turn down a special of anything Sticky Toffee. My mum had a beautifully made Crème Brulée finished, as you'd expect,  with a satisfyingly crisp burnt sugar topping to crack in to with her spoon.




Whilst I am by no means complaining, in a city filled to the brim with street food, small plates, cocktails and Insta-specials this place is a little breath of fresh air and there's something about how honest and straightforward it all is that makes it very hard to dislike!


Bread and Butter is open Tuesday-Saturday from 17:00-23:00.
Find their website- here.

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Revisiting George's

Way back at the end of October last year, Liverpool saw the opening of a new 'British' themed restaurant in the form of George's Great British Kitchen. I went down to do a review and fell in love with their original take on  fish and chips and their sickeningly sweet & playful desserts. Now, almost a year on,  the restaurant has a whole host of new dishes on the menu and I was kindly invited back to try a few of them on for size.


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Dostana

In a village as small as Woolton, competition to be the reigning curry house, best chippy and most loved cafe is fierce. The locals (myself included) have grown familiar with their favourite food spots, eat their favourite dishes on the regular and know the ins and outs of the pub drinks list like the back of their hands.


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Revolution- St Peter's Square

Back in my university days Revolution was a place I associated with sticky floors, mountains of sickly sweet shots and lots of very late blurry nights. As it turns out, Revs is actually a surprisingly normal place in the day time. The branch in St Peter's Square (just behind FACT) is really sleek, airy and colourful (absolutely not how I remember it) and they've got a pretty sweet lunch offering too.

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Bite Club

The first rule of Bite Club is you do not talk about Bite Club. The second rule of Bite Club is... yeah you know the rest. I did swear to myself I wouldn't make that joke but I am who I am!

In any case, Bite Club is definitely one worth talking about since their range of take-away food options are putting the super in 'superfood' and making lunch times across the city healthy again.


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Liverpool Pride 2018

With temperatures soaring, the Clipper boats on their way in to the docks and some of our best known buildings being lit up in rainbow colours in honour of the Liverpool Pride celebrations it's set to be a busy and exciting weekend for the city.

Liverpool Pride is a registered charity set up to combat Homophobia and Transphobia across Liverpool.  This year's theme is #alltogethernow and thousands of people are expected to join the celebrations in the City Centre this weekend, if you fancy being one of them you can find the full program of events here.


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Pork Lovers Tour

I make no bones about the fact that I think pork is the best meat out there. In my opinion it is far superior to beef, miles better than lamb and there's no question it's better than chicken. In fact, my sentiment towards pork entirely echo that of number one pork-lover Jay Rayner who states in his book The 10 (Food) Commandments 'that thou shall honour thy pig. Or anybody else’s pig for that matter. Because everything is improved by the application of a little pig'. He's not wrong.



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Liverpool's New Food Markets

As you may well know by now I love a good food market, mostly because it means I don't have to decide where to go for dinner and I get to pick the best bits of each menu and combine them to make the ultimate dinner combo. This month my usual haunt the Baltic Market have been busy celebrating their 1st Birthday with a huge party, music and Fanta Lemon Slushes (10/10 lads). Following on from the fantastic success of the Baltic you might have heard that we now have two more places competing for food market glory and they've both conveniently opened up within a week of each other!


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5 Reasons to try Chilli Banana

When it comes to traditional Thai food in Liverpool it's hard to think of more than a handful of decent places. There are good some good family-friendly Thai options on the menu over at Yee Rah, and then there's Tiger Rock which will give you a whistle-stop street food tour of South East Asian cooking. But when it comes to naming destination Thai restaurants in Liverpool, Chilli Banana is the only one that springs to mind straight away.

Khao Soi- Curried Noodles in a Coconut Shell
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Just Wings

I'll admit I was a little sceptical when I was asked to review the new Just Wings restaurant on Aigburth Road. Having no prior knowledge of the name,  I had of course pre-preemptively googled them and found out that it was a takeaway, existing already in three locations- Crosby, Southport and St Helens.  Now as much as your gal here loves a take-away, I just wasn't sure how I'd go about a full review.

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Izakaya

I might be showing my age here but there wasn't always anywhere decent to eat on Castle Street. It used to be just another road in the blank, beige business district of my youth, a road I'd only go down on my way down to somewhere much more exciting (Burger King). Now that I'm a technically a grown up I've realised Castle St is not only beautiful, it's also home to some of the absolute best spots in the city. I'm talking about the likes of  my beloved Bacaro, Santa Maluco, Mowgli and Neighbourhood
Look carefully in between these giants and you'll find the tiny, unassuming and effortlessly chic Izakaya.


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Wagamama

If I started this post telling you how much of a Waga fan I've always been then I'd be lying. In truth, I'd only been once before a few years ago and I found the experience neither here nor there. However, with a new one having opened it's doors in the suburbs (Speke retail to you and me) I was invited down to try out the menu and I was fully interested to see what was on offer just a short drive from my front door.  In all honestly, I loved it. 

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Pieminister

Pi on Rose Lane is a little gem of a place. It's small, cramped, dark and completely back to basics on the restaurant front but it is always heaving. They serve craft ales, pints, bottled beer and pies...and that's it. The beauty is in the simplicity my friends, especially when they serve proper Pieminister pies.

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Alma de Cuba Summer Menu

When it comes to loving or hating the summer I am, like most things in my life, sitting firmly on the fence. Don't get me wrong, I love a good BBQ, it gives me perfect excuse to live on ice-cream for several months at a time and the summer months usually coincide with me having a rather long period of time off work.


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What we ate in...Bratislava and Vienna

I'm well aware that I've taken my sweet time getting this post up- you've all been on tenterhooks I'm sure. But life comes at you fast as they say and, aside from being one busy little bee, I was unsure whether to even post this one.

You see, I know you come here for the Liverpool based food inspo- the clue's in the name, but I do leave this side of the Mersey occasionally and often those posts go down well. You saw my trip to Madrid, right? Far be it for me to profess I know the ins and outs of where to eat in these places after only a few days there, but I like to share what we had in the hopes that some intrepid holiday planners like myself will find comfort knowing there is a decent place to get a doughnut cone in Hungary.


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'All You Can Pug' Brunch

What’s better than brunch? A brunch with pugs, of course!

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What's New, Liverpool? (Part 2)

If you saw the first edition of this post you'll know that new restaurants are sprouting up in Liverpool faster than you can tag your mates and say 'omg let's go here xx'.

In fact, just over two months since my original post there's now enough decent new places dotted about to warrant a second edition of 'What's New, Liverpool?'. 
So, In an act of unwarranted selflessness I've kindly rounded up the latest and most interesting openings for your consideration and linked them all underneath.*

Move aside Greggs because Liverpool now has their own Pieminister. Located on Bold Street, this place serves up proper, award-winning pies as well as soft-serve ice cream served in, er.. pies. It's actual pie madness in there. Plus they've got beer!


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Mackie Mayor

It probably won't surprise you that I don't tend to travel too far from Liverpool for food. But when the opportunity to head in to Manchester for an early evening diner arose I was secretly made up to get a chance to finally try out one of Manchester's newest food markets. 

Mackie Mayor is an indoor food market, much like the Baltic only a bit (a lot) posher. It's actually inside a Grade 2 listed building so not only is it stunning inside, it's been happily returned to it's market roots.


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Spring Food and Drink Festival

If you're a long-time reader of Eat Liverpool (hi mum) you'll know the Liverpool Food and Drink festivals are one of the annual highlights of my calendar.

See: 5 Reasons to Love the LFDF or What we ate at the LFDF to get a  flavour of my affections...


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The Florist

Unsurprisingly, the number one name on everybody's lips at the moment is The Florist, and rightly so. This is the place e v e r y o n e and their nan is talking about, so much so, I thought I'd skip the talking and just show you around it instead.

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Emilys

If you're anything like me, you reacquaint youself with the contents of the drinks cabinet at even the faintest first glimmer of sunshine. So when the warm weather finally made it's grand re-appearance last weekend, I was delighted to find myself sitting in Emily's bar with a prosecco in hand, ready for a whole afternoon of fun in the sun.

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Mr Lau's

Dim Sum Delights at Mr Laus


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Yee Rah

Given it's location, sitting alongside some of the biggest food chains in the country,  you'd be forgiven for thinking that Yee Rah was one of many. Not so. Unlike it's sister restaurant, Chaopraya, there's only one Yee Rah and it's right here, slap bang in the middle of Liverpool One's hottest restaurant real estate. Looking out over Chevasse Park, the restaurant is a huge space with a fabulous glass front that make this place light, bright and airy even on the dullest of days.

Shots of prosecco, what could go wrong?
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What we ate in...Budapest

If you're scouting out places for a city break this summer then Budapest is an amazing place to go for a few days getaway. Not only is it pretty close (2 and a half hours from Liverpool or two episodes of Peaky Blinders, if that's how you measure time), it's also comparatively cheap, has loads of history, lots of sights and there's food and beer in almost every direction you look. 

I'm a compulsive planner* so already had in mind what I wanted to do and, more importantly, where we were going to eat before we'd even left John Lennon airport so if you're visiting soon and wanted to know what to eat in Budapest, here's a lil' overview of what we had.

* honestly, I made a mind-map- what a catch!


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Netflix and Food

Hungover? Tired? Avoiding the bleak, British weather? Whatever your ailment and whatever your excuse, staying in bed watching Netflix all day is one of the few great things you can choose to do as an adult. If you like watching food on screen as much as you love eating it and, like me, you're bored of looking at Gregg Wallace's face on endless episodes of Masterchef, then this is the post for you. Here's 5 of my fave-foodie-fixes I've watched and enjoyed on  Netflix recently.

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Liverpool vs. Hunger

As somebody who regularly enjoys eating out, cooking for friends and family and testing out new restaurants, I try to constantly remind myself how fortunate I am when it comes to food. Not everybody gets the luxury of choosing a restaurant they fancy for a mid-week dinner and, as my parents often like to remind me, when they were younger going out to eat was reserved only for very special occasions. Not only am I fortunate enough to be able to pay somebody else to cook my food for me, the fact that I have good food to eat on a daily basis sadly puts me in a small minority of people.

It’s easy to forget that there are countries across the world (our own included) where children go hungry on a daily basis and that's where Action Against Hunger come in. They work with 50 countries including the UK to lead the global fight against hunger. They believe ‘every child should have access to the basic nutritious food they need to survive, unlock their potential and build their own futures’. As someone who works with children on a daily basis, this is something that really resonates with me.

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Baking Bread

Get ready to carb-up because it's Real Bread Week this week which is a full 7 days dedicated to buying your loaves from independent bakeries and, if you dare, baking your own. Now, while I'm not quite convinced that the loaves I can pick up from the supermarket aren't 'real bread', I am fully on board with any campaign that encourages people to shop locally or make their food from scratch, myself included.

If you follow my escapades on my Insta stories you'll know I'm no stranger to cooking. But bread is something I never make at home for two, very important reasons:

-Bread takes time and I am very impatient.
-Bread takes a light, careful touch and I am a bit (a lot) clumsy.

Despite this, when I got a message from Helen from Country Mile Kitchen asking me if I fancied having a go at making my own bread, I put my fears behind me and headed down to St Helens with the lovely Suzanne from Foodie Liverpool to see if I'd be able to knock up a loaf worthy of the Artisane shop window.

We spent a full day measuring, mixing, kneading, resting and shaping our loaves, led by Helen our resident expert. 


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What's New, Liverpool?

What's New, Liverpool?

(Post title to be sung to the tune of Tom Jones' What's New Pussycat, of course)


2017 was a busy year with more new restaurant and bar openings that I can possibly recall. I'd love to recount each and every of of them but I only started this blog in the Summer and, well, I haven't got the time to trace back beyond that. So what's happening this year? We're only 2 months in and already we have bars, cafes and restaurants popping up all over the place. Fantastic news for the Liverpool food scene but not so great for my bank account (sorry, Santander). 

If you're wondering what's new this month and what we've got coming up this year then grab yourself a cuppa' and read on.


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