Food & Drink (Leeds)

I recommend the following places in Leeds:

Bare Coffee (a lovely little coffee shop with great food on Weetwood Lane in Headingley)

Hyde Park Book Club (good coffee near Hyde Park Corner)

Layne’s Espresso (the best coffee in Leeds, near the rail station)

Mrs Atha’s Coffee and Tea House (another good coffee shop in city centre)

Opposite (the best coffee around the University)

Pump n Grind (cafe/roaster in Burley opened by recent Leeds grads)

Food and Drink
Abyssinia Cafe and Restaurant (solid Ethiopian in Harehills)

Anand Sweets (inexpensive vegetarian curries and sweets in Harehills)

Bare Coffee (see above!)

Bundobust (excellent beer and tasty vegetarian Indian to go with it)

The Corner Cafe (a great Indian restaurant with lovely service and good beer, the family’s favorite restaurant in town)

Doughboys Pizza (good pizza at the Belgrave–especially at lunchtime prices)

Haftsin (an enjoyable Persian place on Burley Road)

Hana Matsuri Sushi (excellent sushi bar in Meanwood)

Home Restaurant (good Chinese across from campus)

Humpit (a solid vegetarian/vegan option on campus and in the Corn Exchange)

Hunan Restaurant (near campus and across from The Libary pub, the return of the Xiang Wei Wang people, I think it’s even better than Home Chinese)

Kerala Restaurant (inexpensive South Indian on the Headrow)

Lupe’s Cantina Mexican (good Mexican food in Burley)

The Man Behind the Curtain (the only Michelin star restaurant in Leeds.)

Ox Club (great food at Headrow House, my favorite restaurant in city centre)

Piassa (my favorite Ethiopian restaurant in town)

Smak! (great and inexpensive Polish place on Kirkstall Road)

The Reliance (good beer, food and house-made chacuterie)

Thai Aroy Dee (probably the best overall Thai in Leeds)

Tharavadu (a very good Keralese places close to the rail station)

George & Joseph Cheesemongers (first-rate cheesemongers in Chapel Allerton)

Headingley Farm Butchers (we buy most of our meat at this great store in Headingley)

Tarbett’s Fish Mongers (almost enough for me to overcome my anti-Chapel Allerton prejudice)

Outside of Leeds (but still in Yorkshire), I recommend The Moorcock Inn in Sowerby Bridge, The Yorke Arms in Pately Bridge, Prashad in Drighlington, and the fish and chips at The Magpie in Whitby.

Curry in Bradford
I like downstairs at the Kashmir, but others swear by The International, the Sweet Centre, Jinnah, Sheesh Mahal, or Omar Khans. (I haven’t been to the Bradford Sheesh, but none of those others have especially impressed me.)

Some of the most memorable meals of my life were at City Market in Luling, Texas.

Here’s an unedited version of a popular piece I wrote on the The_Art_of_Food for The Philosopher’s Magazine.