Tuesday 12 February 2013

Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn - Manchester

Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn - Manchester
A couple of months ago we heard a little rumour... The burger whizz kids at Almost Famous were to call time on Socio Rehab in favour of a new gaff inspired by travels throughout western America. This is my kind of food! Burgers meet Mexican. ¡Ay, ay, ay!

Having done a similar trip in September, I was dying to see what they came up with. The west coast of America is chock-a-block with melted cheese, oozing burgers, hot as hell wings and slow cooked meat wrapped in something soft. So on Sunday we popped down to Luck, Lust, Liquor and Burn to see what was going down. In true Almost Famous style, it was supposed to open at 12pm but they kept us waiting for about another fifteen minutes. I gather this is how they build a little suspense... The restaurant itself is on the first floor between what was Socio Rehab (now the Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn bar) and Almost Famous. 

Inside is a bit of a mish mash of Americana and Mexican inspired artwork. My only complaint about the interior is that it's very cold. I went when the same room was being used for Miracle on High Street, and I nearly died of frostbite then as well. Saying that, I'm always cold... Plus, they had a picture of a chihuahua in a rather fetching Mexican wrestling outfit. I liked that!
Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn - Manchester
Now then. The menu. I genuinely struggled to pick. This is the sort of food I adore... burritos, rice, pulled pork... that nice belly warming sort of stuff that makes the whole table mute the second it appears.
Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn - Manchester
We went with our friends Wayne and Vicki and also bumped into fellow blogger and 'Tapout Burrito Superstar', Mr Hungry Hoss! Having been caught in the act stuffing our faces, it was nice to have a nosey at what he had ordered too! I'm fairly confident nothing left the kitchen without me eyeing it up.

To start my husband and I shared the Buffalo Chicken Blasts with hot buffalo sauce and the (dang) Quesadillas. The quesadillas came with chipotle sour cream and salsa, and the chicken blasts were with celery and sour cream. Perfect picky food. The quesadillas stayed together nicely (I sometimes end up wearing things like this) and the chipotle sour cream stole the show! I'm confident that if Vicki and I had a tub of this and no audience, we could snaffle the lot. I'm not a fan of chicken wings because they make one hell of an orange mess. These were perfect as there are no bones in them! Everyone's a winner.

Shameless plea to Luck, Lust, Liquor and Burn: ~sits with both hands under chin like a little angel~ Please recreate the chilli cheese sauce that is served with wings and burgers at Hooters! PLEASE! It's all kinds of amazing and nowhere over here does anything like it! Thanks.
Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn - Manchester
Burrito time. I was ravenous. Like a raven with a big beak. I had ordered the Alabama Bone Suckin' Slammer. It promised pulled pork, lots of cheese, rice, BBQ sauce and a soft tortilla. Oh it was just perfect! Exactly as I had imagined... I'm sorry to say that I displayed a very poor performance on Sunday and only managed half of it. Pathetic. It pains me now to think that I wasted it. Be reassured that they are huge! How Mr Hoss managed a whole Tapout Burrito (nice nod to MMA folks...) is beyond me. He's obviously some sort of burrito witch.
Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn - Manchester
My husband ordered the Sloppy Juan burger. I was so jealous when this arrived. This double cheeseburger is topped with the most fantastic chilli. He ate every scrap including his chips. Warrior like behaviour! Needless to say this too was fantastic. It was a nice little twist on the Almost Famous range.
Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn - Manchester
We also ordered two sides, guacamole (which is pounded before your eyes...) and mac and cheese. The only thing I didn't like was the latter. There was way too much mustard in it, to the point where I really couldn't taste anything else. A wise man once said, 'too much mustard gets up your nose'.
Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn - Manchester
If you fancy a bit of a change, pop into Luck, Lust, Liquor and Burn. The staff were really friendly and the menu is just brilliant if you like Mexican food with a west coast twist. There is nothing fancy about this place. Go expecting decent food, nice people and a belly full to bursting. You greedy piglet...

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