First up though is cocktail o'clock and I personally couldn't resist ordering a 'Full English Martini', advertised as coming with egg and bacon; the mind boggles. The 'egg and bacon' actually arrives on the side, a pickled egg brushed with bacon served alongside the Martini. As breakfasts go however, it beats cornflakes for sure and I for one will try to incorporate more of these into my morning routine.
As already noted, there's a few new options on the menu including an expansion of the Philly Cheesesteak range with Phili Cheese Fries and also Chicken Cheese Steak, as well as Mushroom Provolone Cheesesteak. We opt for the Phili Cheese Fries. But there's also something that we've been meaning to try for some time but have never got round to it: the dirty chicken burger. It becomes an obvious choice.
Portions here are massive, our mouths drop at the size of the dirty chicken burger, it spills out of both ends of the bun by some margin. It is indeed dirty, it is of course chicken, and it is totally and utterly delicious. There's a spicy zing to it but nothing too outrageous, and it's a worthy alternative to the hamburger range (even though we are still secretly wanting a cheeseburger).
The Phili Cheese Fries is kind of 'all in one' main course but works better as a side to share we think. Melted cheese on fries with the Philly steak running through it seems a little one note as you work your way through which is a problem given how big the portion is. Furthermore, as the cheese cools and solidifies, it can feel a little like too much hard work (and a beer rather than a Martini would be better to wash it down). If we had ordered this as our individual main, and saw others tucking into a burger, we'd feel cheated. At £6 however, it's not break the bank stuff and is best ordered alongside a burger as an enhanced side in our view.
PS, MEATliquor/market mixes up the spelling of Philly and Phili through the menu; we've tried to use each as they do.
Interestingly, today we ventured into MEATliquor a little after 5pm with no queue. By 6pm the place was close to full but it was sill possible to enter without queuing, possibly later there will be one. We're sure there's still a long one on Friday and Saturday night after the beer munchies hit. But if you've not been to MEATliquor because of the queues, if you pick your spot, MEATliquor can be enjoyed in all its glory/insanity without a mandatory two hour wait.
We're already looking forward to our next visit.
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