Food & Drink

I recommend the following places in Leeds:

Coffee
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)

BangWok (good pad thai near the station–only open for lunch)

Bare Coffee (see above!)

Boss Burgers (a good burger place in Burley, near the wonderful Hyde Park Picture House)

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

The Cat’s Pyjamas (a good Indian place with nice beer in Headingly)

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 the lunchtime prices)

Friends of Ham (charcuterie, cheese, beer and brunch near the rail station)

Haftsin (an enjoyable Persian place on Burley Road)

Hana Matsuri Sushi (excellent sushi bar in Meanwood)

Home Restaurant (good Chinese across from campus)

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.)

Nom Deli (a small Vietnamese place on Great George St.)

Noodle House (a great Malaysian/Chinese noodle place)

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

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

Sheaf St Cafeteria (run by the Grub and Grog folk)

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

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

Viet Guy (Vietnamese on Lower Briggate)

Zucco (good Italian small plates in Meanwood)

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

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

Tall Boys Beer Market (a good little beer shop next to OK Comics in city centre, you can drink in too!)

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

Other
Outside of Leeds (but still in Yorkshire), I recommend Norse in Harrogate, 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.

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