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Restaurants, American Northern Quarter
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SoLiTa, Manchester
Carl Sukonik

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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.

By: Shaun Barnes



Address: 37 Turner Street
M4 1DW

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4 out of 5 stars

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SoLita isn't for the faint hearted, or anyone who's trying to stick to a diet. American-style food is the order of the day, and lots of it, all with the unique SoLita twist. From cheeseburger spring rolls and deep fried mac 'n' cheese balls to burgers and hotdogs topped with just about everything you can think of. If you're feeling hungry, try your luck with the Once In A Lifetime burger or the Widowmaker hot dog.

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Good old fashioned naughty food. 

The menu here is massive so we decided to try and make the most of it by choosing lots of small plates. We tried two types of wings (both great but so so much sauce so maybe dont wear white or take a clean freak mate with you), the cheesy fries (amazing, appeared to be a cheese sauce but piping hot and large size), hulumi bites (quite gut busting but came with a great dip) and the guac and chips (should have been more salsa but im splitting hairs). We also had two cocktails, they were very refreshing daiquiris made with fresh fruit and I could have drunk 10 (if I wasnt so full).

The bill came to just over £40 so really reasonable for a frankly huge dinner out with friendly staff and a good atmosphere!

My only small complaint is that the wings appeared to be reheated as they were inconsistently heated , always a bit of a scare to bite through hot chicken to cold chicken so not ideal (although they were fully cooked).