Whether a weekday necessity because you missed breakfast, or a relaxed weekend treat with friends, nothing beats a laid-back brunch – and nobody does it better than the Americans.
Luckily you can find a taste of Manhattan in Manchester, with our pick of the best places to do brunch US style.
From pancakes and waffles to Philly cheese steaks, Reubens, and corned beef hash with eggs over-easy, here are five places to check out.
The Pen and Pencil
— THE PEN AND PENCIL (@penandpencilnq) November 21, 2015
Named after the famous New York steakhouse where Don Draper hangs out, this Mad Men-inspired bar and restaurant in the Northern Quarter offers a Manhattan style menu and decor. Brunch options include American pancakes with streaky bacon and maple syrup, corned beef hash New York style with two eggs over-easy, and a full American breakfast – two eggs any style, three rashers of streaky bacon, sausage patty, hash brown, BBQ beans, and American pancake.
Classic US style sandwich options include a Reuben, grilled cheese, Monte Cristo, and the famous Philly cheese steak, all served with home fries and slaw. Wash it all down with coffee, US beer or a cocktail list that includes homemade pecan pie liqueur as an ingredient.
Brunch served every day from 10am – 4pm. 57 Hilton St, M1 2EJ – thepenandpencilnq.co.uk
Home Sweet Home
Start your weekend as you mean to go on! Now taking bookings, just call 0161 300 8121! pic.twitter.com/NMxzEsvEXz
— Home Sweet Home GN (@homesweethomegn) November 13, 2015
As well as a range of Bennies, breakfast waffles and house hash on the breakfast menu, Home Sweet Home – newly opened in the Great Northern – offers pancakes served all day with whipped cinnamon butter and a range of toppings.
If you’re really hungry, check out the crispy fluffy homemade waffles topped with fried chicken, crispy bacon and spiced maple butter – or the amazing cheeseburger toastie.
A 5 dollar shake contains peanut butter, salted caramel and homemade pretzel brittle, or try one of the decadent Cakeshakes – Turner and Smooch contains cinnamon donuts, salted toffee, espresso, and Hersheys chocolate sauce.
Breakfast served until 12pm, other items all day. Great Northern Warehouse, just off Deansgate, M3 4EJ – homesweethomegn.com
Steak and eggs is now a perma-menu brunch item and for this we are thankful. pic.twitter.com/1QUyJaNJLQ
— Common (@common_bar) November 18, 2015
Offering US diner-style classics, brunch at the super cool Common includes hanger steak with hash browns, fried eggs and toast, or salt beef hash with fried potatoes, gherkins and fried eggs.
There’s a range of sandwiches served with fries, or burgers include the Reuben – with emmental, salt beef and sauerkraut pickle, or the maple bacon burger with smoked cheddar and chipotle.
Wash it down with a single origin filter coffee, a US style pale ale, or a craft soda. Don’t miss the donuts, freshly made at their in-house bakery – they’re seriously good.
Served 11am – 3pm Tues – Fri; 10am – 3pm weekends. 39-41 Edge St, M4 1HW – aplacecalledcommon.co.uk
— Solita Restaurants (@SolitaNQ) October 24, 2015
Available at the weekends, Solita do a stunning steak and eggs benedict for brunch, alongside salt beef melt on a pretzel bun, or a salt beef bagel.
We love the house waffles with buttermilk fried chicken and a completely addictive US-style sausage gravy.
If you’re craving a burger, try the brunch burger – 6oz beef patty, melted Monterey jack, streaky bacon and griddle fried egg.
Wash down with a brunch cocktail for an indulgent weekend treat – try a blood orange mimosa, or a breakfast martini with gin, Cointreau, fresh lemon juice and breakfast marmalade.
Brunch served 11am – 1pm Sat and Sun. Turner Street, M4 1DW; School Lane, Didsbury, M20 6RD; 401 Bury New Road, Prestwich, M25 1AA – solita.co.uk
Moose provide an American diner influenced breakfast and brunch experience with an authentic short order menu and premium espresso based coffee, bringing a US experience to the best meal of the day.
Try their New York Moose, better known as the eggs benedict, or The Mighty Moose – homemade potato hash, organic bacon and free range eggs.
The Bronx Brunch consists of griddled potato hash with smoked sausage, streaky bacon, corned beef, melted cheese and two eggs over-easy.
If you fancy something sweeter there’s homemade pancakes, French toast. or waffles smothered in maple syrup and butter.
Breakfast served all day. 20 York St, M2 3BB – moosecoffee.co
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