Food & Drink

I recommend the following places in Leeds:

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

Hyde Park Book Club (an interesting place with decent coffee near Hyde Park Corner)

Layne’s Espresso (the best coffee in Leeds, near the rail station, I recommend the split shot)

Mrs Atha’s Coffee and Tea House (another good coffee shop in city centre which mostly serves Maude Coffee–a good local roaster)

Opposite (the nicest cafe and generally the best coffee across from the University)

Pump n Grind (new coffee shop/roaster in Burley opened by recent Leeds grads; promising even with the bad name)

Village Bookstore (same arcade as OK Comics and Tall Boys, serves Workshop coffee)

Food and Drink
Anand Sweets (vegetarian curries and sweets in Harehills, excellent and inexpensive samosas)

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

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

Bundobust (excellent beer, tasty vegetarian Indian to go with it, close to the rail station, I recommend the vada pav and–if they have it–the coriander pilsner)

The Cat’s Pyjamas (I was sceptical, but this is-finally-a good Indian place with nice beer in Headingly)

The Corner Cafe (a great Indian restaurant with lovely service and good beer, I recommend the mutton dishes)

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

Friends of Ham (charcuterie, cheese, beer and brunch near the rail station, not quite as pleasant since they expanded but nice for a quiet brunch/lunch)

Northern Monk Refectory (good beer and the food was good when run by the Grub & Grog people, how is it now?)

Haftsin (good Persian place on Burley Road)

Hana Matsuri Sushi (excellent a sushi bar in Meanwood)

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

The Man Behind the Curtain (Exciting food. It’s the only Michelin star restaurant in Leeds.)

Nom Deli (a small Vietnamese place on Great George St., a quick walk from the University, consistently good)

Noodle House (Malaysian/Singaporean/Chinese, a great noodle place, soups and the char kway teow are very good)

Ox Club (great–mostly grilled–food at Headrow House)

Sheaf St Cafeteria (was fabulous when run by the Laynes people, still good as run by the Grub & Grog folk)

Thai Aroy Dee ( I think this is probably the best overall Thai in Leeds)

Tharavadu (a very good Keralese places right next to Bundobust and, hence, close to the rail station)

Viet Guy (solid Vietnamese on Lower Briggate–but I’ve only been once)

Xiang Wei Wang (a great Hunan place at 19 Queen Square–the lamb with chili and cumin is excellent)   APPEARS TO BE CLOSED

Zucco (good Italian small plates in Meanwood)

Shopping
Beer Ritz (a superb beer shop in Far Headingley)

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!)

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. Sunday lunch at the Moorcock Inn in Langdale End, North Yorkshire is pretty special.

Curry in Bradford
I like the Kashmir, but others swear by The International, the Sweet Centre, Jinnah, or Omar Khans. (None of the latter 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.