For Steve’s birthday we went to Manchester for Steve’s choice of burgers and beers. We decided to go to Solita Bar and Grill in the trendy Northern Quarter. I’d been there twice already and never been disappointed and Steve was sold on the fact that they had a section of the menu just for chicken wings.
There’s a good selection of drinks and beers on draught. I had a pint of Solitabräu, the house pilsner and Steve went for the Paulaner, the famous Oktoberfest Munich Helles lager. The menu is absolutely huge with about 15 different burger options and that’s not including the chicken/seafood/vegetarian burgers they also have on offer. With hot dogs, steaks, grilled seafood and an impressive variety of sides, there’s sure to be something on there for everyone. I opted for the New York Style burger which came served smothered in melted mature cheddar, béarnaise sauce, watercress and delicious crispy fried onions. As well as his sweet and spicy JD bourbon wings, Steve had the Bacon Double Cheese burger, which came with mountains of melted cheese, crispy bacon and ketchup, held together with a slice of bacon candy which looked lovely and tasted slightly strange but good at the same time! All the burgers are made daily with chuck steak and are cooked slightly pink so they’re lovely and juicy. They’re served with a big pot of fries with the option to upgrade them. I was very tempted by the naughty looking “pizza fries” but as we had a party to attend that evening, I thought it would be wise to not send myself too much into a food coma. The portions are very big, especially if you order the “Once in a Lifetime” which for £18.50 gets you 2 large minced steak patties, pulled pork, crispy bacon, shoestring onions, buttermilk chicken strips, Monterey Jack cheese and house BBQ sauce. I’d be surprised if anyone could fit in a dessert after that! Luckily Steve and I had a bit of room left to share a Solita sundae which was lovely and sweet with ice cream, cream, chocolate brownie, cookie pieces and cherries. We left Solita’s feeling very satisfied!
Last year Steve and I stumbled upon what has become our favourite beer, a Czech beer called Krusovice. Unfortunately here in the UK there aren’t many places that serve it so I was absolutely over the moon when I discovered that the swanky Asian inspired Cottonopolis had there very own Krusovice beer tank that delivers beer straight from the brewery to their taps, giving their customers the freshest tankard of beer.
After a couple of pints of Krusovice we headed over to Alberts Schloss which is quite literally a beer palace priding itself on serving the freshest Pilsner as well as 10 heritage brews on tap. The huge Bavarian-style beer hall is filled with long traditional alpine tables and benches. Here we enjoyed a couple more pints of Paulaner before heading back home after a wonderful day.