Ann's Pantry: Breakfast, coffee and authenticity
A really authentic place where Middlesbrough’s working population comes in for breakfast and lunch. I don’t know how good a German tourist carrying some luggage fitted in between some construction workers taking their break. And at the moment I ordered my coffee black, I was stared at as if I just arrived from Jupiter. At least, the place was quite authentic, the coffee was fine and I had the chance to put the luggage aside for some minutes and plan the rest of the day. Prices were really low while quality was not. All food was prepared in front of you and also coffee was frequently fresh brewed.
P.S.: I was delighted when I bought the book "Crap Towns" a couple of years later to discover a picture of this café in it :)
Favorite Dish: Coffee – black as my humour.
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central park: dont forget to have a middlesbrough parmo
so much choice, for all tastes and quite reasonable although i put the main theme American the food ranges from Italian, Seafood and also local dishes aswell such as Whitby fish and Boro Parmo. Aswell as being very modern and really great staff.
Favorite Dish: boro parmo and the burgers are my favourites
the parmo is an escalope of pork or chicken covered in breadcrumbs and topped with a white sauce and then melted cheese on top, you get them all over the Boro but Central Park ones take alot of beating.
Central Park: Central Park
This is often packed on a weekend and it is advisable to book in advance (though they will only take bookings for four and upwards). You will see some of the Middlesbrough players in here from time to time.
Favorite Dish: Vegetarian fajitas are excellent as are the pizzas and pasta dishes. For me there is too much to chose from! If you have a starter I suggest that you share one ... othrewise you probably won't be able to finish your main course.
The Waiting Room: A Labour of Love
Fantastic home-cooked vegetarian food. The restaurant has a really "homely" atmosphere, and everything about it tells you those who run it love their food and drink. There's a great selection of organic wines, beer and soft drinks to go with your food (including my favourite beer, Golden Promise). For people like me who just can't choose between all the delights on display, you can have 2 half portions for your main course, or even 3 third portions.
If you want to sample all 3 courses (and you surely will), you may want to share a main course - the portions are very generous!
Favorite Dish: Filo pastry tartlet with a filling of pommodoro tomatos and feta cheese, with an olive oil and herb dressing drizzled over the top. Flavours just burst out of it!
The Crab And Lobster: Don't Leave Without Dessert
It may seem like a way out pub - but it's the food that's way out!!!
The restaurant is amazingly decorated with items dating back to the beginning of the century. There is a feeling of having travelled back in time when you enter the building. Even the toilets are amazing - where else would you find a mannequin dressed in period clothing! My only disappointment was that the chaise longue has now disappeared! After all the food you eat in the restaurant you needed somewhere to lie down for 5 minutes!
Entertainment is also provided by some musicians with a trombone and a banjo.
Favorite Dish: The whole menu! But especially stem ginger icecream and tiramisu with raspberries.
Other items to wet the appetite are thai crab rissotto and any fish dishes on the menu. They are the speciality.
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McD: Free refill
HAHAHA I normally don't put McDonalds into restaurant tips (apart from the one in Paris!) but this was a different McDonalds experience: When ordering a hot drink you get a free refill here. Staff will not only bring it to your table ... you can also have different hot drinks refilled. Or then the lady who brough Susan a tea after her Latte Macchiato didn't read the instructions ;-)
Favorite Dish: The usual Quarterpounder meal and a Mc Flurry with Cadbury cream egg because we ate here on Easter Sunday (classy place for an Easter meal huh?)
Joe Rigatoni's: Food ???
The restaurant is absolutely fantastic, as the staff is 80% foreign (Italian and portugese mostly). The waiters are italian students coming in Middlesbrough for a few months, to visit the area. So you're guaranted to feel like in Italy. The food's great and the prices are absolutely apropriate. They even have happy hours at times. :-)
Favorite Dish: Go for a Sea-food pasta. They're great and less thatn £5
The restaurant is normally busy and has many repeat customers. The tables are round and perfect when there are four of you. Unfortunately when there are more and tables are joined together it is a little more difficult to converse while you are eating.
Favorite Dish: The garlic bread - it must be one of the best around and I also adore the kalamari. I never know which starter to have.
For main course, the pizzas are excellent as are the pasta dishes.
China Buffet King: China Buffet King
Chinese / Mongolian restaurant where you can select your own raw ingredients, create your own sauce and have them cooked and served to your table.
It is about £10 on an evening to eat as much as you want.
There is a good selection of vegeterian dishes.
It is also useful to note that if you ask for a jug of water you are not charged for it.
Favorite Dish: The whole menu is fantastic - I particularly like the soups and there is a fantastic dessert selection. The icecream isn't just plain vanilla.
The Hare Inn @ Scawton: The Hare Inn @ Scawton
Fast becoming one of the most popular restaurants in the area, this traditional pub nestled away in the middle of nowhere is an eaters dream!! Fresh produce, varied menu, warm and inviting atmosphere makes this one of the best places you will EVER find to eat! Great for both lunches and evening meals.. if you want an evening meal (especially if there's more than 2 of you) I recommend calling a couple of days beforehand.
Favorite Dish: ALL OF IT!!! especially the trio of chocolate pudding desert *drool*
Great modern looking building with an elevated view of the barrage. Outside terrace, ideal for the summer months. Cheap, simple food.
Favorite Dish: Two poached eggs on toast, baked beans & scrabled eggs on toast, veggie burger & chips.
Good food, decent price, great location, good service, cheaper prices for eating early!
Favorite Dish: Field Mushroom & Goats Cheese Suet Pudding!
The Hogshead.: The Hogshead.
The beer, and the cheap, plentiful food.
Favorite Dish: Glamorgan Susages - Cheese, leek & herb sausages (vegetarian!!) served on a bed of fresh mashed potato a drowned in a wholegrain mustard sauce!
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Roasted vegetable & cheese wraps - roasted mediterranean vegetables wrapped in a flour tortilla with a pesto mayo dressing.
- served with -
Beer!! The Hogshead chain of pubs serve a wide variety of guest real ales, as well as a selection of bottled Belgian imports and Hoegaarden on draught. You can get 6 1/3 of a pint glasses of ale, presented in a nice little 'tray' that holds all 6 glasses so you can get them back to your table! Some of the beers are served direct from the cask stood behind the bar. There are always some seasonal specialities, today (26 November) it was Yultide Goose from Marstons.
The Purple Onion: The Purple Onion
Designed to resemble something from Paris, it has brass ceiling fans, palms and a unique long, brass plated bar!
Being something of a Middlesbrough legend, and probably the best place to eat in town, it's often frequented by a variety of local big-wigs, including players and staff from Middlesbrough FC.
Downstairs there is a small 'nightclub' type of place, that offers live music on various nights of the week - 'Check press for details' as they say, or ring.
Favorite Dish: Not one thing in particular - quite a good, imaginative and varied choice for vegetarians, not your run-of-the-mill veg lasgne or broccoli & cream cheese bake!