Now I know that the Solita hype is nothing new. People have been raving about this incredible burger joint for a number of years in and around Manchester, however, I’m sure no ones going to mind a bit of burger talk on the blog today. I headed down to Solita with some of the guys from Yelp for a social last week (you can read more about the Yelp community here) and it was actually my second visit to the place, as I desperately needed to improve my opinion from my first visit.
I massively made an error upon my first visit to Solita. I did that ‘thing’ where we take a mates recommendation advice, in which this particular piece of advice was shockingly bad. So my friend had talked me into trying the Bacon Fat Popcorn starter, which I’m afraid to say was pretty terrible. If you have a bad starter, it kind of ruins the main meal in my opinion, and this particular starter left the worst fatty taste in my mouth. I can’t really describe it… but I do remember it ruining the taste of my burger as all I could taste was bacon fat. Bleurgh.
However, I avoided the bad recommendation this time and went for the Blue Corn Nachos topped with a three cheese blend, jalapenos, guacamole, sour cream and fresh salsa. Much much much better. I could have topped the nachos with smoked brisket chilli, shredded chicken or pulled pork, but as I wasn’t really sharing them with anyone, I decided not to be too greedy. A few members of the group ordered really tempting starters, and were a little more adventurous than me, such as opting for cheeseburger spring rolls and halloumi bites with dips, which id possibly go for next time…
So onto the main. Well I do love a good burger, but I always seem to prefer a chicken or veggie burger that little bit more, so I typically opted for the buttermilk fried chicken burger. It comes with a rich chicken gravy sauce for pouring onto the chicken, or for dipping. I did a bit of both, and it was delicious! Just the way a dirty fried chicken burger should taste. Juicy, cripsy and full of flavour. I opted to upgrade my regular fries to sweet potato fries too, which came crinkle cut and again were lovely. Again, I could have been more adventurous – they do loaded pizza fries and brisket chilli fries, which I shall leave to your imagination.
I couldn’t fault the burger at all- possibly a good 3000 calories on the plate but I enjoyed every calorie, so who is complaining?
I walk past the Northern Quarter branch numerous times during the week and t’s always pretty busy, no matter which day or evening you chose to go. I can totally see why- it has a fairly good atmosphere with an extensive menu, and theprices reflect those of it’s rivals Almost Famous and Luck Lust Liquor Burn, and I’d say the standard of food is equally as good. In fact, I like this place a little bit more than Almost Famous as I’m pretty sure they don’t offer a chicken burger? Correct me if I’m wrong though … I’ll check their menu later.
A small, bustling restaurant in the heart of the Northern Quarter which I’d recommend for those with a passion for a good burger, and a big appetite.
Whilst I’m discussing food on the blog today, I wanted to sign off with a quick mention regarding a place I visited in London the other week. I had two hours to kill and needed three simple things: green tea, WiFi, and a healthy soup. I’ve been eating out at ‘dirty burger joints’ and pizza places way too much lately, so I simple craved 120 minutes of laptop indulgence whilst sipping a detoxing tea and getting a portion of vegetables down me. I did a little bit of research online, and found The Attendant– an underground cafe and coffee shop not too far around from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street.
As it is under the road (so literally underground) it is super tiny, but size situation aside, this place is a very cool option to check out for lunch. With walls adorned with graffiti and quirky images, it’s a laid back, unique little place, ideal for catching up with friends, having a coffee or a light lunch.
I went for the roasted vegetable soup and it was delicious – so thick and tasty, packed with all sorts of vegetables. A very warming choice on a freezing cold, rainy day in Jan. It came with slices of buckwheat toast which made it more of a filling meal, which I decided to dip in my soup. The green tea I ordered was a nice loose leaf tea, which came in it’s own rather cute teapot.
Overall, Attendant boasted friendly staff, a calming atmosphere and the best R&B mix on in the background. But that’s personal preference I guess! They offer so many tempting homemade cakes and sweet treats, plus a couple of other lunch options I spotted on the menu too such as avocado on rye toast and superfood salads. A decent spot to visit in London when you don’t want to go to a chain place…