As you have probably noticed, I have started going out to the Northern Quarter a lot more. There used to be a time when the Northern Quarter was a bit too trendy for me. This has however changed recently, with a lot of Northern Quarter restaurants becoming Manchester landmarks. I am absolutely chuffed as it opens up the area to a new set of people who usually would confine themselves to areas like Deansgate and Spinningfields (read: me). And all this is down to a few Northern Quarter restaurants like SoLita and Almost Famous which have become landmarks no longer restricted by its location.
Yes, Almost Famous has moved shop and is now based in the more upmarket Deansgate but it’s still a Northern Quarter baby at heart and one look at the Almost Famous operated Luck Lust Liquor and Burn is all the proof you need. I was out shopping for shoes this weekend and after trying on what felt like a million pairs of shoes (that I thought looked exactly the same) on the instance of the shop assistant at Selfridges, I finally found the right pair of brogues, or so she told me anyways.
This demanded a celebration! So Seb, Phil and I decided to make the short walk from Selfridges to the Northern Quarter and try out Luck Lust Liquor and Burn. It was a nice sunny day in Manchester and High Street where Luck Lust Liquor and Burn is situated was a hive of activity. I was excited as Almost Famous is right up there as one of my favourite burger joints in the
Don’t be fooled by the small restaurant front – this place is massive. It’s got a bar on the ground floor with a few tables for casual dining but most of the restaurant is actually on the first floor with lots of seating options including some very comfy booths.
The interiors are exactly what you would expect from an Almost Famous restaurant – think Almost Famous meets Mexico and you get an idea of what to expect from Luck Lust Liquor and Burn. There is so much to look at right from random neon moustaches in glass bottles to a wall full of skateboards! You also find the very impressive graffiti you associate with Almost Famous splattered all over the walls.
The menus at Luck Lust Liquor and Burn are what you would expect from a Mexican inspired joint – it’s got the burritos, tacos and nachos you would normally expect. It also has a few burgers thrown in, for anybody who misses Almost Famous which is now in the other side of the city. My only complaint would be that the menu is really busy, and I mean really busy – a stark contrast from the menus at Almost Famous which is simple and clean.
I sipped one of their signature cocktails as we waited for our food. I have always loved the drinks menu at Almost Famous and I think Luck Lust Liquor and Burn takes it to the next level. Definitely worth a try.
And before we knew it, our starter arrived! We decided to share a portion of Volcano Nachos loaded with Beef Chilli. Funnily enough we almost missed as it was quietly hidden away in a corner of that busy menu. I am so glad we didn’t because it was spot on. I was slightly skeptical about paying £8 for a starter but this was definitely worth it. The chilli beef melted in your mouth – literally!
I had serious food envy when Phil’s food arrived. He ordered the Tacos Rockefellar which is seared peppercorn dusted flat iron steak and spicy crispy shrimp with peppercorn sauce and melted butter served in a softy taco. That steak was perfect – just the way I like it!
I never thought Mexican food could look so delicate but then again this wasn’t typical Mexican food. Phil definitely enjoyed his main as you can probably tell from that smile on his face!
Seb ordered the Alabama Slammer Burrito which is pulled pork in rich chipotle BBQ sauce, peppers, onions, rice, cheese, lettuce, bleu cheese and bacon bits all wrapped in a burrito with a side portion of their winning fries. Yum!
Bleu cheese in a burrito? Yes please! The food here clearly is Mexican inspired but with a twist and I absolutely love that about Luck Lust Liquor and Burn! The burrito was just as delicious as it looks, but the fries were a let down unfortunately.
I decided to rock the boat a little and went for the chef’s special which was the ‘Jamacin’ Me Crazy’. This has to be one of the most intriguing dishes I have ever seen on any menu! Definitely not Mexican! The Jamacin’ Me Crazy is a jerk chicken fillet burger with mango and pineapple salsa, sweet potato spaghetti fries, tomato and banana ketchup and a banana split love boat.
I did have to ask the waitress about the banana split love boat though – didn’t think a banana split in my burger was a good idea. Thankfully it was served on top of the burger. Our waitress was clearly used to the question – no surprises there. The burger was brilliant – I have never tried anything like it in my life and as you already know, I am a sucker for different! Vive la différence!
I tackled the banana split love boat after I finished my burger and it was exactly what I needed to finish my amazing lunch! I will definitely be ordering this again, if I find it on the menu that is. Such a fab idea – main and dessert in one dish!
We were lucky enough to get a table by the window with meant we also got some of the sunshine. We asked our lovely waitress for the bill after gobbling down all the food and continued chatting away.
The service here is the same casual style you see at Almost Famous – efficient, relaxed and unobtrusive which works perfectly for me. The food is spot on too – it’s clearly Tex-Mex but with a twist. And with a name like Luck Lust Liquor and Burn, this place is definitely going to be bringing in the crowds. Almost Famous definitely knows how to do Mexican!
We cleared the bill and decided to walk back home soaking in a bit more of those gorgeous rays. Don’t think Seb was too happy about me making him carry the shopping bags though! Oh well!
So will I be going back to Luck Lust Liquor and Burn? Hell yeah! You couldn’t keep me away even if you tried!