Love ribs? Crazy for chicken wings? Wild for Chateaubriand? Then walk this way because we’ve rounded-up the most mouth-watering feeds in Leeds for carnivores…
If you’re unrepentantly obsessed with meat in all its forms this is just what you’re waiting for. It’s the ultimate to-do list for the city’s carnivores, with 15 utterly mouth-watering, undeniably awesome meat-centric feasts. From giant piles of ribs and brisket to huge burritos and unlimited steak, we’ve rounded up the city’s meatiest eats, all in one place.
Gaucho’s Beef and Bottle
This is a meat eater’s dream because you can enjoy unlimited steak at Gaucho every Sunday. This is the very best Argentinean beef, served with bottomless wine, and all for just £60 per person. You’ll start with three 100-gram servings of cuadril (rump), chorizo (sirloin) and ancho (ribeye) served on a sharing board with their chimichurri sauce and chips. Want more? They’ll keep it coming for 90 minutes.
Gaucho, 21-22 Park Row, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5JF.
Red’s True BBQ’s Pitmaster Tray
Red’s is a Leeds institution. It’s classic American BBQ, with meats cooked low and slow until they fall off the bone. They do everything from ribs to brisket, but why limit yourself to just one? Get The Pitmaster Tray and try it all. This meat-obsessed dish brings together smoked brisket, baby back ribs, pulled pork and cheese & jalapeño sausage, all on one succulent tray of barbecued brilliance with crackling, meaty pit beans, pickled gherkins and red chillies on the side..
Red’s True BBQ, 1 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD & 6a Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AA.
Man v Roast’s daily carvery
Can’t wait ’til Sunday for a roast? Man v Roast is the place to go. It’s a haven for meat lovers – you can indulge in a roast dinner every day of the week, with a loaded tray of turkey, beef, lamb, gammon, pork, chicken or sausage (you can even mix and match). Their meat is sourced from Sykes House Farm, so you know it’s the good stuff, and it’s finished off with all the trimmings, including roasties, a Yorkshire pudding and oodles of gravy.
Man v Roast, 144 Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LL.
Almost Famous’ This is Leeds burger
Almost Famous has a burger that’s dedicated to Leeds. It’s so packed full of meaty goodness that it spills out of the sides. They start with a double cheeseburger to start, before piling on the bacon and BBQ pulled pork. It’s finished off with mac ’n’ cheese, shoestring onions, redneck BBQ sauce, peppered mayo, Henderson’s Relish and Wensleydale cheese. Reckon you can stomach it?
Almost Famous, 23-25 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AL.
Caracas Grill’s Galipan Pepito
Meat lovers, we’ve got your next lunch sorted. Head to Venezuelan BBQ joint Caracas Grill for a heaving sandwich that will blow your socks off. The Galipan Pepito is a fresh white baguette rammed full of sizzling meats. You can get your choice of chicken, pork, steak or sausage. Can’t choose? Mix it up with a combo of your favourites, all topped with tomato, mixed leaves and sweet caramelised onions.
Caracas Grill, Britannia House, 16 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EU.
The Lost & Found’s Chateaubriand
Who doesn’t love Chateaubriand? This little 16-ounce beauty is cut from the fillet head, which means it’s insanely tender and blessed with a wonderfully subtle flavour. At The Lost & Found, they cook it over charcoal on their Josper grill, adding just a hint of smokiness, then serve it with a confit tomato and your choice of sauces – will you go for Béarnaise, peppercorn or garlic butter?
The Lost & Found Leeds Club, 3 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JL.
Smak’s traditional Polish sausages
There’s a secret behind the incredible sausages at Smak! These traditional Polish bangers are made using a family recipe that’s been passed down through generations, and the result is absolutely delicious. You can get a few different options, from lamb and chicken to pork and beef with a kick of chilli. They’re all smoked and cured on a Yorkshire farm 20 miles outside Leeds before being sizzled on a special grill in their Burley cafe.
Smak! The Polish Kitchen, 372 Kirkstall Road, Burley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
Döner Shack’s Classic Lamb Döner
Ever had a sober, regret-free kebab? Here’s your chance. Döner Shack serve up traditional Berlin kebabs and their Classic Lamb Döner is an absolute must. This is lean, tender cuts of lamb döner meat, served on a pita or fries. Take your pick of the fresh vegetables behind the counter, load on all manner of sauces and pair it with a Fritz-Kola or Berliner beer.
Döner Shack, Trinity Kitchen, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.
Fazenda’s endless barbecue
If there’s one thing carnivores love, it’s an endless supply of meat, so why not visit Leeds’ original Brazilian barbecue? Fazenda is the standard-bearer when it comes to all-you-can-eat dining and they’ve created a meaty heaven. Flip your card to green and they’ll bring you everything from filé mignon to picanha rump, pork sausage and gammon with pineapple. If you’re feeling daring, try their traditional chicken hearts.
Fazenda, Waterman’s Place, Unit 4-7 Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GL.
Poco’s rotisserie chicken
Poco takes roast chicken to the next level. Pollo arrosto, that’s rotisserie chicken to you and me, is their speciality – they marinate their birds in a super secret Sicilian marinade 24 hours before they go into the rotisserie oven to slow cook. The result is a wonderfully tender chicken that you can order as a quarter, a half or, if you’re going all out, a full bird – with a side of patate rustiche, it’s a meal fit for a king.
Poco, 360 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HQ.
Wapentake’s Yorkshire Pudding Burger
The Yorkshire pudding is a roast dinner favourite, but it also makes a great burger. Head to Wapentake where they’ll serve you up two perfectly fluffy Yorkshire puds, filled with a 6-ounce beef patty, a chunky slice of gammon, a hefty slice of cheddar and a big dollop of onion chutney. It comes with a big pile of wedges and a jug of gravy on the side. Get dipping.
Wapentake, 92 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ.
The Mexican Pilgrim’s heaving burrito
Trust us when we say there’s not another burrito quite like The Mexican Pilgrim’s – they are absolutely ginormous. You could get it filled with pork carnitas in a red wine & chipotle BBQ sauce or try their marinated minced beef, but whatever you go for, their spectacular combination of meat, refried beans, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo will threaten to spill out of the sides. Top tip – make sure you’ve got napkins.
The Mexican Pilgrim, East Parade Triangle, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS.
Fat Annie’s Philly cheesesteak
Fat Annie’s aren’t just about hot dogs – you need to try their Philly cheesesteak. They take a fresh ciabatta roll and stuff it full of freshly cooked rump steak which is slathered in gooey American cheese and finished off with a smattering of tasty green peppers and onions. It’s a meaty staple of the US that Fat Annie’s have got down to a fine art – try it out.
Fat Annie’s, Leeds Kirkgate Market, Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
Growlers’ authentic Yorkshire pies
Yorkshire is known for its love of pies, but if you haven’t been to Growlers’ yet, you’re missing out. This Pudsey mainstay has mastered the art of the pie – you can get everything from steak and kidney to meat and potato here, as well as Cornish pasties and sausage rolls. But it’s their traditional Yorkshire pork pies that steal the show – they’re so good they named their shop after them.
Growlers, 159 Richardshaw Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 6AA.
Tavernaki’s Meat Poikilia
Tavernaki is best known for its skewers, but they have one dish that’s even meatier – the Poikilia platter. This is a traditional Greek feast designed for two to share, but if you want it all to yourself, we won’t judge. You’ll get tender cuts of pork, lamb, chicken and Cypriot sausage, marinated in olive oil and Greek herbs. You can stave off the meat sweats with rice, chips, Greek salad, tzatziki and pita.
Tavernaki, 18 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3DW.Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2019 by Ali Turner