Shamelessly calorific burgers, fat-drizzled bar snacks and a pulled pork sundae – this Turner Street grill is where diets go to die
SoLita – short for ‘South of Little Italy’ due to its location just below the Ancoats Little Italy area of Manchester – aims to combine the best of New York, Italy and Manchester. Essentially, though, it’s the home of some very naughty food porn.
Starters include bacon fat popcorn and the infamous pulled pork sundae, a combination of slow-cooked pork and 60/40 mash (the numbers denoting the potato/butter ratio). Some of the best dishes are on the specials board, such as tuna tartare and deep-fried dauphinoise potatoes. If you spot something you want to try on the restaurant’s Twitter feed, get down there fast as some don't last more than a couple of days.
SoLita are proud owners of an Inka grill, allowing them to cook over charcoal to give their dishes that sought-after charred flavour. Grill items include chicken, steak and swordfish.
But it’s the burgers that keep regulars coming back. It's the home of 'The Big Manc', a souped-up version of that golden arches classic, while their other elaborate creations contain everything from buttermilk-fried chicken and panko-fried black pudding to tempura soft shelled crab and even candied pigs in blankets. Just thinking about it is enough to make you weak at the knees.
37 Turner Street