Can’t cross the globe for some of the world’s best burgers? No need – because Manchester is blessed with an array of delicious gems emblazoned in stars and stripes – serving up some of the best American grub this side of the pond. From some of the tastiest salt beef around to menus on menus lathered in BBQ sauce, here’s our guide to the best American restaurants in Manchester.
1. Black Milk
Ever fancied that $5 shake from Pulp Fiction? Well, Black Milk is the closest to that American milkshake you’re gonna get. Choose from an array of mouthwatering milkshakes (or freakshakes even) topped with lashings of whipped cream, which are joined by a whole host of American-style sweet comfort food, including pancakes topped with bacon, blueberries and maple syrup and luxurious ice cream sundaes. If that wasn’t all, the venue also boasts a pretty unbeatable sweet counter, too, with tons of delicious bakes to try. Trust us when we say, you’ll need stretchy pants for this one. Black Milk, 88 Oldham St, M4 1LF.
2. American Pies
American Pies is one of the Manchester restaurants that takes pizza to a whole new level, bringing Chicago-inspired deep-dish pies to the city for the first time ever. From the saucy to the spicy and the cheesy, there’s tons on offer – including pizza burritos, sharing platters, and even deep-fried lasagne. Pair it with a few garlic knots and an American beer, you’re onto a proper winner. American Pies, unit 1, 58 W Mosley St, M2 3HZ.
3. Triple Bagels
Formerly known as Eat New York, Triple Bagels knows how to make a proper New York-style dish. We’re talking cheese, pastrami, salt beef – you name it, all piled up on top of a tasty bagel. It’s more than a gob-full – that’s for sure – and in addition to their stacked bagels, guests can also enjoy juicy burgers – similarly topped with the likes of pastrami, melted American cheese, buffalo chicken, pickles and more. Triple Bagels, 24 Bury New Rd, Prestwich, M25 0LD.
4. Yard & Coop
Yard & Coop has long reigned as one of the top chicken restaurants in Manchester, thanks to its American-style buttermilk chicken menu that is served in a variety of forms. Whether it’s a burger you’re after or a full-blown Sunday roast, they’ve pretty much got it all covered – including a whopper of a tower, that, quite frankly, only the strong stomached among us could manage. Their delicious buttermilk chicken is made with Yard & Coop’s very own secret recipe and finished off with a sprinkling of rosemary, resulting in something even the Colonel himself couldn’t compete with. There are also halal options here. Yard & Coop, 37 Edge St, M4 1HW.
5. Salt Dog Slims
Offering an American experience like no other, Salt Dog Slims is the home of steins and brines – with tons of amazing American-inspired chilli dogs on the menu. Set out like a classic American dive bar, the bar offers classic dogs topped with ketchup, mustard, cheese, gherkins and more, making for the perfect post-work sesh in the city. Salt Dog Slim’s, 17 Bow Ln, M2 4FW.
6. Moose Coffee
Championing the all-American breakfast, Moose Coffee sure knows how to start the day (and with a full tummy, may we add!). Boasting an epic menu full of classics, guests can chow down on plates piled high with potato hash, bacon, pancakes, waffles, brioche French toast, huevos rancheros and tons more. Whether it’s sweet or savoury you’re after, you won’t be disappointed with the endless selection of dishes. Moose Coffee, 8a Gateway House Station Approach Piccadilly Station, M1 2GH | 20 York St, M2 2BB.
Beloved burger joint Archie’s takes inspiration from the States when it comes to crafting their juicy burgers, using fried chicken and stacked beef patties to create their epic menu. Lathered in melted American cheese and topped with the likes of Cheetos, bacon, hot sauce, onion rings and more, guests are sure to get the all-American experience at any of Archie’s restaurants in Manchester. On top of that, Archie’s also serves up yummy tater tots, chicken wings, waffles and classic shakes – with tons of naughty flavours on offer. Archie’s, 115 Oxford Rd, M1 7DU | 6 & 7, Gateway House, Piccadilly, M1 2GH | Manchester Arndale, M4 3AD | 132-134, The Orient, Trafford Park, Stretford, M17 8EH.
8. The Blues Kitchen
Inspired by the iconic city of New Orleans, The Blues Kitchen not only brings jazz, funk and soul to the city, but incredibly tasty Deep South-inspired grub, too. Basing the core of the menu around classic BBQ flavours, guests can indulge in beef brisket, pork ribs, buttermilk fried prawns, delicious sandwiches and stacked burgers – with tons of delicious cocktails to wash it all down with. Once you’re done, head upstairs to the Concert Hall to enjoy a bit of jazz, with plenty of live shows planned over the coming months. The Blues Kitchen, 13 Quay St, M3 3HN.
Serving up NYC-style pizzas, Nell’s is the perfect spot to grab a slice – bringing those casual street-side New York vibes to Manchester. Expect classic pizza slices as big as your head topped with Margherita and pepperoni, alongside ever-changing specials that have previously been topped with cheese and onion for that New York meets Lancashire vibe, as well as the likes of miso corn, ‘nduja and more. Nell’s, Kampus, 20-22 Minshull Street, M1 3EF | Common, 39 – 41 Edge Street, M4 1HW | The Beagle, 456 – 458 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, M21 0BQ.
Serving up tasty, New-York inspired treats with soft fillings, it’s easy to see where Gooey got their name from – with warm and gooey cookies and sugar doughnuts stuffed with a variety of fillings making up the delectable menu. Ranging from traditional doughnut fillings such as raspberry jam, chocolate custard and vanilla custard, as well as cookies such as double chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate – there’s a little something for everyone, alongside constantly revolving specials that get more and more creative as time goes on. Gooey, 103 High St, M4 1HQ | Ducie Street Warehouse, Ducie St, M1 2TP.