The Liverpool Food Bucket List 2018
Where you should eat, what you should order and why you’re going to love it, this is the ultimate foodie tick list for Liverpool.
We hope you’re feeling hungry as we’ve lined up 65 of the best dishes from restaurants, cafes and eateries in and around the city that you simply have to try. From hearty burgers and delicate sushi to Indian street food, veggie masterpieces and our world famous scouse, this is your ultimate Liverpool Food Bucket List 2018. How many have you checked out?
1 – Amazing Cauliflower at Maray
Think you know cauliflower? Think again. Maray, Bold St & Allerton Rd do such amazing things with veg, you could quite easily forget the meat. The cauliflower, almonds, pomegranate, tahini, yoghurt, harissa and herbs mash up is do die for. See the menu here.
2 – Halloumi Fries from Baltic Market
Two words. Halloumi. Fries. These cheesy, fried sticks of loveliness have become synonymous with the Baltic Market and with so many sauces and toppings on offer, we will still haven’t tried them all. Get a preview here.
3 – Chat Bombs from Mowgli
Indian Street food never looked, smelled nor tasted so good than when it’s served up in tiffin boxes at Mowgli. If you haven’t tried chat bombs, you haven’t lived. Click here to taste the rainbow.
4 – Triple Nom and Philly Steak at Almost Famous
Burgers are pimped out as standard and washed down with a boozy milkshake at Almost Famous. The Triple Nom burger is the one you need to literally fill you up until tea time. Check out the menu here.
5 – Duck Breast Tapas at Lunya
For an authentic taste of Spain you have to try tapas at Lunya, College Lane. This mukti-award winning restaurant, deli and bar serves up traditional Catalan small plates that transport you to Barca in a heartbeat. The duck breast, raspberry sauce and vanilla pear is our fave. More info here.
6 – A whole lotta Caribou Poutine
As cute boxes of freshly prepared food goes, Caribou Poutine is right at the top. Crammed with fries, cheese curds, shredded meats, veggies and gravy to suit every diet, you need some poutine in your life. Drool on the menu here.
7 – A slice from Crazy Pedro’s
Start with a slice of Re-Tox, loaded with all your favourite brekkie items, followed by the Big Mac and secret recipe sauce and if you’re lucky you might still get a slice of Baby Cheesus too, it’ll drive you cray cray. Menu and offers here.
8 – The original Scouse from Maggie Mays
We’ve all got our opinions on what scouse should consist of, but as far as we’re concerned, it doesn’t get more authentic than at Maggie May’s, Bold Street. A big bowl of scouse, crusty bread, beetroot and a drink for less than £6. Bargain. Info here.
9 – Authentic Jerk Chicken from Raggas
Put a bit of sunshine on your plate with Raggas on Smithdown. Bringing traditional Caribbean cuisine to the Liverpool masses has gone down a storm and you have to try the jerk chicken, veggie curries and sweet potato mash for yourself. Menus and more here.
10 – Loaded Tacos at Lucha Libre
Who doesn’t love a bit of Mexican street food for a quick bite that packs a punch? Lucha Libre, Wood Street offers up 10 different types of taco, served on a soft, warm corn tortilla you can fill yours with everything from pork, chicken, halloumi, prawns, coconut cauli and more. Details here.
11 – The city’s best siu-mai from Mei Mei
As fine connoisseurs of the humble suimai here at The Guide Liverpool, we recommend you head to Mei Mei, Berry Street and taste the best the city has to offer. Tuck into traditional Cantonese food until you have to be rolled home! Menu and more here.
12 – Meat and Mac from Red’s True BBQ
Forget waiting until summer to enjoy the best BBQ food around, head down to Reds True BBQ, Hanover Street and order the a fully-loaded BBQ tray. Pulled pork and slaw, stick chicken, or Pig Tray, go hungry, leave satisfied. Menus and booking here.
13 – Fish, Chips & Curry from The Lobster Pot
No Liverpool night out would be complete without chips and curry from the famous Lobster Pot, Hanover Street. Its always mad busy, from lunch time til dawn and wolfing down a tray of fried goodness before grabbing a cab is a rite of scouse passage. Check it out here.
14 – The Lo Pan Banquet at Slim’s Pork Chop Express
Another hot-spot for the meat eaters is Slim’s Pork Chop and the Lo Pan Banquet is a must-try. Loaded up with philly cheese steak spring rolls, salt n pepper ribs and more, it’s a taste sensation. Book your table here.
15 – Steak Cooked Right at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill
Steak is never not on the menu at Marco Pierre White and when its cooked to perfection like this, why would you order anything else? Handcut chips and a little béarnaise sauce and you’re all set for a winning meal. Check out the menu here.
16 – Patatas Bravas from Neon Jamon
The stalwart of Catalan cuisine has to be patatas bravas and they don’t come more authentic than at Neon Jamon, Berry Street. With the ability to throw a little sunshine on any grey day, order yourself a bit of Barcelona in a dish. Menu here.
17 – The American Brekkie at The Tavern Co
Breakfast at The Tavern can be so many things. A full English, American, Mexican, just eggs, steaming hot coffee or even a big old bowl of porridge, however you like it, join the weekend queue and prepare to pop your top button! Menus and booking here.
18 – Vegan Breakfast at Love Thy Neighbour
Catering for the stomach and the soul, Love Thy Neighbour serves up wholesome dishes that nourish as well as tickle tastebuds. We love the vegan brekkie to start our day right. Tuck into mushrooms, avocado, baked beans and sourdough and more here.
19 – Punk Afternoon Tea at Baltic Social
Afternoon Tea has been punked at Baltic Social and it has to be tasted to be believed. Expect mini burgers, hot dogs, fries, cakes and sweets that will definitely end up on your Instagram feed. Book your punk afternoon tea here.
20 – Katsu and Mr M’s Choccie Rolls from Miyagi
If you’re into Katsu Curry, you have to try it at Miyagi, Allerton Road. If you manage to finish it, treat yourself to Mr M’s Chocolate Spring Roll with coconut ice cream! Menus and booking here.
21 – Banana Custard Cheesecake and a view at Courtyard Bar & Kitchen
The stunning view of St George’s Hall is reason enough to visit The Courtyard, but wait til you check out the Banana & Custard Cheesecake. The perfect place to stop in for a treat before or after the theatre, book your table with a view here.
22 – Traditional Spag Bol and Garlic Bread from Casa Italia
Serving up pizza and pasta to scousers for over 40 years, you can’t not order a spag bol, margarita pizza or traditional garlic bread with cheese from this locally famous open kitchen. Get a taste for Italy and check out the menu here.
23 – Halloumi Burger from Delifonseca
Three words….Fonseca’s Halloumi Burger! It’s ridiculously tasty, filling and really good value plus the deli and eatery is conveniently located in the middle of Stanley Street so it makes for a great lunch time treat at work. Check it out here.
24 – Winning Beef Medallions from Cau
It’s prime time down at Cau, Castle Street. If you’re into meat, this is the place for you. Beef medallions don’t or taste more succulent than this and with a huge range of mouth-wateringly good accompaniments, there’s a combo for everyone. Check out the menu and book here.
25 – Pizzettes at Salt House Bacaro
Treat yourself to the delicious Parma ham, butternut & mascarpone Pizzette at Salt House Bacaro, Castle Street this weekend and choose two more dishes to make up the great lunch time deal for just £14.95. Find out more here.
26 – Locally Sourced, Fine Dining at The Art School
The Art School flies the flag for fine dining, locally sourced ingredients and truly memorable, seasonal menus. From Southport smoked pork to Menai muscles and Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire cheese, this will be a meal you won’t forget. Menus here.
27 – Soup and Sandwiches from Lovelocks Coffee
When you’re in desperate need of a tasty lunch that won’t break the bank, head to Lovelocks Coffee shop and pick up a homemade soup and a butty for just £3. Who said good food had to cost the earth! Find out more here.
28 – Beer Battered Fish & Chips from Stanley’s Bar & Grill
Everything on the menu at Stanley’s Bar & Grill looks amazing and we can’t get enough of the Titanic beer battered fish, triple cooked chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce. A traditional dish done right. Check out the menu here.
29 – Waffles, Cookie dough & Jam Roly Poly from Icestone Gelato, Queen Square
If you have a sweet tooth, this one is unmissable. Icestone Gelato, Queen Square has more gelato flavours, cookie dough dishes, waffles, sundaes and milkshakes than you can ever imagine. The Jam Roly Poly and Custard is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Menu here.
30 – Stuffed Burrito’s from Savina
Brand new Queen Square restaurant, Savina is bringing a little heat to Liverpool and the burritos are our favourite thing on the menu. Packed with pork, beef, peppers, onions and plenty of sour cream, we cant get enough. Click here to view the menu.
31 – Bread Bowl and All The Cheese from Cheese & Co
Calling all cheese lovers, Liverpool’s Cheese & Co is your one stop independent café and cheese emporium. Whether you order a Ploughman’s lunch, a Camembert baked bread bowl or a good old fashion cheese toastie, prepare to be wowed. Menus and more here.
32 – Hearty Pies and Peas from Smugglers Cove
It’s all about hearty food at Smugglers Cove, Albert Dock. Order yourself a deep filled pie, properly seasoned chips, peas and gravy and why not throw in a rum cocktail while you’re at it, you’re practically at the captain’s table! Check out the menu here.
33 – Hanging Kebabs at The Club House
Kebabs have never looked so appealing as The Club House, Liverpool ONE, baste theirs in the perfect blend of seasoning and spices and hang them so you can carve away at your leisure. Click here to book and order your hanging kebab.
34 – Mussel Pots at The Italian Club Fish, Bold Street
If oysters, langoustine and mussles are your thing, you have to book a table at The Italian Club Fish, Bold Street. The finest, freshly caught seafood is brought to the heart of the city and you will love the mussel pots and calamari for sure. Menus and more here.
35 – Succulent Lamb at London Carriage Works
Enjoy dinner in the heart of the Georgian Quarter as London Carriage Works serves up succulent lamb rump and breast with squash and redcurrant that you’ll talk about for weeks to come. Menus and more here.
36 – Boozy Milkshakes and Cookie Dough from Treaty Pie
Whether you live in the city or you’re staying for a weekend, get a baked cookie dough laden with Kinder Bueno and salted caramel sauce and a JD and Galaxy milkshake delivered to you door from Treaty Pie. You won’t regret it! Full menu and delivery details here.
37 – Salt N Pepper Chicken in a Box at Apocalypse Cow, Cain’s Brewery
This Baltic Triangle gem is located at Ghetto Golf and you lot have been raving about the burgers for months. The salt and pepper chicken burger is an absolute winner and they do a salt and pepper chicken box too! Get on it. Check out the menu here.
38 – Baked Aubergine at Tusk Baltic
Vegans will fall in love with Tusk Baltic. The sophisticated warehouse setting is the perfect place to tuck into mouth-watering vegan dishes such as the baked aubergine, that will fill you up until tea time. Check out the vegan and veggie menu here.
39 – Kickstarting Juice from Joe & The Juice
When you need a pick me up after a heavy weekend, a session at the gym or to get you through Monday at work, Joe & The Juice have a blend for you. We can’t get enough of the Hangover Heaven, packed with elderflower, mint and apple. Check out the menu here.
40 – The Full English at Shiraz
We love a good fry up and one our favourite spots for a good fill is Shiraz, North John Street. Expect all the usual full English items, sausages, bacon, eggs done your way, black pudding, toast the lot. And they make a mean cuppa tea too. See for yourself here.
41 – Classic Corned Beef Hash at Thomas Rigby’s
Comfort food and a real ale sounds like our perfect Sunday afternoon and Thomas Rigby’s will fill you up with the phenomenal posh corned beef hash. Served with a fried egg and minted peas or beans, its exactly what winter days are made for. Menus here.
42 – Chilli Shrimp at George’s Great British Kitchen
If you prefer a light bite, George’s Great British Kitchen knows how to get the tastebuds tingling. The chilli shrimp, mango chutney salad is as good to easy as it is to look at, packed with flavour….oh and we love all the cocktails here too. Check out the full menu here.
43 – Pizza from Peacock
It’s all about the brand new dough balls at The Peacock. 10 freshly baked, warm, handmade dough balls with a choice of dip to line your stomach before the Friday night fun begins. What more could you ask for? Pizza menu here.
44 – Sensational Sushi at Etsu
Sushi on The Strand! Japanese restaurant, Etsu offers a huge range of traditional food but we love the Temaki Spicy Maguro in particular, hand rolled and delicious. Check out the menu here.
45 – Soup and Stew at Egg Café
Egg Café is known as a top vegan and veggie hotspot in Liverpool and prides itself on producing super tasty, hearty meals that are full of goodness. You told us that the veggie soups and stews are a total winner. Click here to book your spot.
46 – Buttermilk Chicken Goodness at Liberty Tavern
Liberty Tavern brings sophisticated bar food to the suburbs and we’re huge fans of the buttermilk chicken burger, served with lemon mayo in a brioche bun, its a classic that just never gets old. Menus and more here.
47 – Tasty Avocado Crostini to start at The Manor
Fine dining on the other side of the Mersey comes as standard at The Manor, Greasby. The flavoursome menu features delicate bites such as these avocado crostini with red pepper pesto and truffle oil, definitely worth a trip to the Wirral. Book you table at The Manor here.
48 – Fish with Flair at Spire
Book a table at Spire to experience fine, seasonal dining in the Liverpool suburbs with a warm welcome. Look how amazing that halibut and fresh greens looks! Menu and booking info here.
49 – Sticky Toffee Pudding to die for at The Old Stables Restaurant
Settings for a romantic meal or quiet lunch don’t get more picturesque than at the Old Stables Restaurant, Allerton Manor. Order the divine sticky toffee pudding to share with your loved one and look out at the twinkly lights and greenery. Menus and more here.
50 – Gluten Free pancakes for days at The Interesting Eating Company
Speciality pancakes are a must when you dine at The Interesting Eating Company, Allerton Road. Gluten free options are available as well as gallons of maple syrup, bacon, veggies and even chocolate too. Choose your favourite combo here.
51 – Mexican picky bits from La Parrilla
We could spend an entire day sampling all the delicious picky bits on offer at La Parrilla, South Road. From chicken and chorizo skewers and stuffed chillies and spicy wedges, there’s a taste of Mexico for everyone. Find out more here.
52 – Classic Gammon at Almond
Is there a more traditional and tasty dish than slow cooked gammon with honey and mustard sauce, sautéed potatoes and baby corn? Get down to Almond, West Derby Village to try this classic for yourself. Menu and booking here.
53 – Burnt Ends Brisket and more from Hickory’s Smokehouse
Burnt ends popcorn bites are the most addictive thing on the huge menu a Hickory’s Smokehouse in West Kirby. Having just opened a new restaurant in Southport you can now try them on both sides of the Mersey! Menus here.
54 – Hearty Veggie Lasagne at The Brink
Liverpool’s only dry bar and eatery has a daily specials board bursting with flavour and we love nothing more than a big old plate of veggie lasagne on a cold winters day. There’s lots of healthy, hearty options on the menu to suit all diets. Find out more here.
55 – Chips and Ice Cream…literally, at Caffe Cream
This is the go-to ice-cream parlour after a day of fun on the seafront. Whether you;ve worked up an appetite building sandcastles, watching fireworks or cycling to West Kirby and back, get your favourite scoop (with or without a portion of chips) from Caffe Cream. Menus here.
56 – Kerb Side Cake and Coffee at The Quarter
Saturday mornings were meant to be spent on the pavement café of The Quarter sipping a hot latte and tucking into a huge piece of freshly baked cake, while the dog munches the crumbs at your feet. Check out the dessert offering here.
57 – The Ultimate Sunday Roast at Camp & Furnace
Whether you were partying there the night before or just want somewhere really chilled to enjoy a belting Sunday roast, Camp & Furnace is the place to pull up a pew and indulge in all things gravy covered. Click here to book your spot this Sunday.
58 – Caramac Donuts at Muster Custom Coffee
If you like your coffee hot and your cake calorific, stop in at Muster Custom Coffee, just across from Liverpool ONE and treat yourself to an Americano and a thoroughly sticky Caramac donut, they’re divine! More info here.
59 – Winter Warming Broth at The Chancery
With a menu full of winter warming dishes, The Chancery, Paradise Street will warm your cockles with a generous portion of this Thai infused broth with rice and mussels, check out the scouse and Lancashire hotpot too. Click here to find out more.
60 – Mouth-watering small plates at Lock & Key Bar Kitchen Hotel
There’s always something new and delicious on the menu at Lock & Key and we fell in love with these Danish Smorrebrod with fully loaded rye breads. Taste test the smoked salmon pate, pastrami and blue cheese and beetroot hummus and choose your fave. Menus and more here.
61 – The Unicorn Range from Laura’s Little Bakery
We had to near towards the end with a show stopper didn’t we. Laura’s Little Bakery provides just that, a range of delicious hand crafted cakes and treats, including unicorn macaroons, red velvet brownies, and beautifully decorated cupcakes, perfect for any occasion. You won’t taste cake like it anywhere else! Order yours now via Laura’s website here.
62 – Grande Breakfast at Pioneer Crosby
The Pioneer turned 10 last year and when a local, independent, family run restaurant reaches a milestone like that you can’t help but smile. The Pioneer is great for all occasions with a delicious lunch and evening menu, you can’t beat the pioneer Grande Breakfast. Complete with bacon, sirloin steak, Cumberland sausage, hash browns, Bury black pudding, mushroom, grilled tomato, baked beans, eggs & toast. Book your table and your brekky here.
63 – Deli Board at Three Piggies, Allerton
Perfect for sharing over a pint or glass of prosecco. The deli boards at Three Piggies come in three varieties, meat, cheese or ploughman’s. Tuck in and don’t forget Wednesday is quiz night. Full menu here.
64 – Puffle Waffle on Albert Dock
Puffle Waffle has introduced Liverpool to Hong Kong’s most popular takeaway delicacy – a delicious egg waffle cone filled with little pockets housing all manner of wacky and wonderful flavours, from Italian gelato, to modern fusions like the super-sized, Super Massive Meatball. Whether you have a sweet tooth or you’re a savoury-seeker, there’s a Puffle Waffle waiting for you! Info here.
65 – Chippy Tea from Steve’s in Aigburth
Are you even a Scouser if you haven’t had a chippy from Steve’s? The award winning chip shop has been serving up the good stuff just off Aigburth Road for years now and if you haven’t been yet then make 2018 the year you do. Follow them on Facebook here.