Leeds is heaven for foodies. There are so many great places to eat in the city. Old favourites such as Dare Café and Red’s True BBQ keep regulars coming back week after week. And independent outlets such as Laynes Espresso and Bakery 164 have become a firm feature in Leeds because of their individual flair. We’re asking you to vote for your 40 Legends Of Leeds and here are the foodie contenders vying for the crown.
Inspired by the bustling streets of India, Bundobust serves up a varied range of street food including Okra Fries, Vada Pav and Bundo Chat. It opened in 2014 and has been going strong ever since, becoming popular with the post-work crowd and groups of friends looking for a place to relax with good food and a tasty craft beer.
Red’s True Barbecue
If you’ve got a craving for BBQ food, then head to Red’s True Barbecue. The smell of BBQ will hit you before you taste the mouth-watering home-made beef jerky or the pulled pork and slaw. Add sides of tray-baked corn bread or sweet potato fries to your meal and finish with a sweet treat for a meal to remember.
Opened in 2011, Laynes Espresso has become the ideal stop off for those heading to Leeds Train Station or colleagues looking for quick meeting place over a good brew. Laynes doesn’t just do coffee well though, the food here is really impressive. Served from 7am on a weekday and 9am on Saturdays and Sundays, breakfast or brunch can be a simple bowl of bircher muesli or porridge with cinnamon or honey. Alternatively, you can try one of Layne’s stand out dishes – sweetcorn fritters with sliced avocado, poached egg, sumac, and halloumi are a firm favourite here, as it the shakshuka and the home baked ham and egg hash.
Friends Of Ham
Friends Of Ham landed in Leeds in 2012 and its relaxed, informal setting has been a big hit with the Leeds crowd ever since. Their aim? To serve great beer, wine, charcuterie and cheese to everyone in Leeds. With a particularly tempting menu full of French salami, Spanish dipping cheese, lightly smoked beef, Iberico ham and more, Friends of Ham will more than likely be feeding Leeds with delicious food for many more years to come.
Bringing true Italian hospitality to Leeds is Salvo’s vision. This family run business opened in 1977 and has been serving up authentic Italian cuisine since then. A traditional streak runs through Salvo’s but they’re proud to serve up contemporary Italian food which keeps customers coming back for more. If you don’t want to dine in on fresh pizza and pasta, you can enjoy a relaxed hour or so in the Salumeria where the café and deli have a range of Italian snacks, coffee, and prosecco.
Kirkgate Market might not be the first place you think of as a legendary foodie spot, but trust us, it is. Apart from all the fruit, veg, and meat stalls in the main market hall, there are now a huge collection of food outlets where you can grab a quick bite to eat. You can get a Yorkshire Pudding wrap, shwarmas, Vietnamese pho, jerk chicken, or a dish of Lebanese food among other meals that make Kirkgate Market a true foodie legend.
Casual dining and quality service. That’s what you get at Bakery 164. Gourmet sandwiches are their thing and they rotate over 200 fillings with new flavours constantly coming into the mix. They also bake all their Italian breads in house so you can be sure it’s freshly baked and super tasty. Is there a better place to get a sandwich in Leeds? We don’t think so.
Eat in or take out at Dare Café, it’s up to you. With a good mix of sandwiches, nachos, jacket potatoes, pizza and pasta, Dare Cafe has stood the test of time on Headingley’s High Street and is just as popular with locals as it is with students. Come in for a relaxed coffee or catch up with friends over a bit of food.
For a good Sunday dinner, Whitelock’s is your place. Hidden down a little alleyway near Marks and Spencer, you might have walked past it several times and not even realised it’s there. But once you know, you know and you’ll be back for their Sunday dinners every week. In fact, you don’t even have to wait until Sunday to dine here as they have a menu that goes through the week and includes Beef and Ale Pie and Sausage and Mash.
It’s more of a beer place than a food place but it’s hard to resist the pop ups that turn up here. My Thai, Wapentake, Caribbean Café, and Bears Pantry have all taken up residency here serving up good food to go along with the delicious beer.
This post was written by Emma Hart