If you didn’t already know, today is National Eat What You Like Day. While this may not be a real holiday it sounds bloody delicious and well worth celebrating. Sorry bikini bod you’re going to have to wait.
Whether you’re hankering for a pizza, a bag of chips or the stickiest Nutella doughnuts in Manchester, this list has something for every palate, taste bud, and sweet tooth craving.
Here’s the 5 best ways to celebrate National Eat What You Like Day in our city.
Get down to the Corn Exchange and try at least one of their 12 Pudding Party sweet treats
Tampopo: Roti Pancake
Cabana: Nutella Doughnuts
Gino D’Acampo, My Restaurant: Crème Brulee
Pizza Express: Honeycomb Cream Slice
Cosy Club: Salted Caramel Cheesecake
Byron: Reese’s Freakshake
Banyan: Salted Caramel & Chocolate Torte
Pho: Banana Fritter with Honey & Ginger Ice Cream
Zizzi: Sticky Chocolate & Praline Torte
Head down to The Laundrette for cocktails and carbs galore
Head down after work and spend the afternoon sipping on classic cocktails as well as a couple of less common libations. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, ask for the Rasberri Flossi, which is made up of Drambuie, Limoncello, apple, cream and grenadine then finished with a ball of candy floss. The Marshmallow Colada is in another league. One drink here might turn into five but hey, who’s counting? Carbs soak it up.
Try hotdogs on your pizza at Crazy Pedros
Whether you’re hankering for a classic or want to push the boat out and try something new, this place has got you covered. It’s what do you get when you cross an Italian pizza joint with an American diner. It’s wacko and we love it. Get yourself down today so you can enjoy Pedro’s World Famous Hot Dog Pizza with its beer-soaked frank, American cheese, crispy onions, French mustard and ketchup and not even feel bad about it. If you’re heading out tonight, Crazy Pedros serve pizzas until 4am. Result.
What else but a burger at the very famous Almost Famous GN
Considered the first iconic burger playground in Manchester, this place is the original dirty. An institution. In Manchester, they’re not almost famous, they’re actually famous. So much so, they make up their own ingredients. Get yourself down and try the Blame it on the Vodka topped with cheese, double pepperoni, the famous bacon bacon fries, wonder onions, jalapeno, red onion, pickle, bacon ketchup (yes, you read that right), and dynamite (no, not that kind). Head to the biggest venue at Great Northern Warehouse.
Sample the hipper than average chippy at Kosmonaut
The Hip Hop Chip Shop started its life as a funky mobile trailer with the sole aim of differentiating itself from overpriced and menu-limited chip shops. This self-proclaimed untraditional chippy which is now open permanently in Kosmonaut in the Northern Quarter, serves up pun-tastic dishes like the Feastie Boys – battered fish biters, chips, minty mushy peas and tartare sauce. With a name like Feastie Boys, frankly it’d be rude not to try it.
Nose dive into a Candy Mountain Shake at Dive NQ
For a boozy dessert option, this vamped up shake is sure to satisfy that craving for sweet stuff. Creme De Framboise, strawberry coulis, vanilla gomme, vanilla ice cream, full cream milk, whipped cream, mini marshmallows, strawberry wafer, jelly beans and hundreds and thousands overflowing from a jar of milkshake heaven for a measly £8.
Lick a Lomo 500g Fillet Steak at Gaucho
Gaucho is renowned for its finest quality beef and luxury menu offerings. The Lomo is a tender and delicate fillet steak weighing in at a beefy 17oz (500g) and priced at £60.40. Personalise your steak with a range of side dishes, sauces and garnishes including anchovy butter, fat chips or chimichurri marinade.
Hop to a Roo (Kangaroo) Burger at Walkabout
For something a bit out of the ordinary, take a step down under and try out the Aussie-inspired Kangaroo burger at Walkabout. The burger is made from specially sourced kangaroo meat and is best served medium to enhance the unique game flavour. Not our usual burger meat of choice but something you’d be mad to miss for £13.45.
Sweat with a Meat Feast Feasting Board at The Liquor Store
A food-coma-inducing meat feast platter piled high with buffalo chicken wings, BBQ baby back pork ribs, pig cheek and apple sliders, Brunswick beans, Liquor Store ‘slaw and skin-on fries for a measly £15.95.
Break some ribs with Meat Feast Ribs at Cane and Grain
Cane and Grain’s Meat Feast will satisfy your deepest carnivorous cravings. Choose from Baby Back, St Louis, Beef Short or Dino Ribs alongside fries, Carolina slaw, dill pickles and grilled corn. At £69, you’ll sure have plenty to pig out on. What a way to go.