Who said that Monday nights have to be boring? Well, not us! We were fortunate enough to welcome this week with plenty of prosecco, copious amounts of cocktails, and the very best burgers that Newcastle has to offer, at the one and only Meat : Stack @ No28. If only every week started like this, sigh.
I think every single foodie in the North East had heard of The Grind @ No28, Grainger Market – it is famously known for being the best burger joint in town. You may have noticed that their sign no longer reads The Grind but not to fear, the only thing different about Meat : Stack is its name, logo, and a few exciting new additions to their menu. The same people, the same vibe, and, most importantly, the same delicious burgers. If you’ve read any of our previous posts, you’ll know that Rachel and I are extremely fussy when it comes to meat. I mean, I traveled all the way to America and ordered a veggie burger at In-N-Out – shameful, I know. But we decided that it would be criminal to visit Meat : Stack and not sample any of their meat, regardless of how much the Southern Fried Paneer burger called our names.
These burgers are famously ‘smashed and steamed’ and are served with plenty of cheese and sauce, in true American style. Rachel opted for the ‘West Coast Classic’, containing secret sauce, lettuce, and all the fixings. It’s the original cheeseburger but like you’ve never had it before. The cheese melts into the beef patty before melting in your mouth and the sauce is just divine (it’s clear why they keep it such a secret!).
To mix things up a little, I went for the ‘Fried Chicken & Parmesan Sandwich’ – a bun stuffed with southern fried chicken thigh fillets, parmesan cheese, lettuce, honey mayo and all the fixings. The fried chicken was the best I’ve had – the meat to batter ratio was perfect and every bite started with a crunch and ended with tender chicken that was bursting with flavour. Something that really stood out for me was the taste of the coating itself – all too often food establishments advertise ‘southern fried chicken’ when there’s nothing southern about it. Meat : Stack’s chicken is bursting with flavour and complements the honey mayo perfectly. Is your mouth watering yet? Because it’s 11am and I want nothing more than a burger right now.
We also sampled the ‘Legendary Buffalo Wings’ and, surprise surprise, they were amazing. Once again the chicken was crispy on the outside and tender in the middle – a real winner when it comes to wings. The sauce soaked into the chicken and was the perfect combination of sticky, sweet, and seriously spicy. Even the fries were superb as they’re made with beef dripping to ensure a real traditional taste. And if you’re veggie, that’s not a problem- the kitchen also serves vegetarian fries.
Or if you’re far from vegetarian and want even more meat (it is called Meat : Stack, after all), order the ‘Dog Hot Fries’. They’re filthy fries coated with chopped gourmet hot dog, secret sauce, cheddar cheese, ancho chilli honey and buffalo hot sauce. Woah. Did you get all that? Like I said, American food at its finest – plenty of cheese, plenty of sauce, and plenty of meat.
No28, the two-time Best Late Night Venue winner, is in the centre of Newcastle so it would be rude not to sample a few cocktails whilst you’re there. We were lucky enough to try their new Autumn/Winter cocktail menu including the Port of Call (a port and rum mix), The Golden Gate (a twist on the classic Espresso Martini, replacing coffee with an Anchor Porter dark beer and a vanilla reduction), and The Medicine Man (which combines two traditionally herbal spirits in Krupnik and Jäger). I only wish that it was a Friday night instead of a Monday, so that I could have taken full advantage of these delicious cocktails. They’re fun, quirky, and totally unique – if you’re a cocktail connoisseur, this place definitely won’t disappoint.
If cocktails aren’t you’re thing, why not try their Free-Flowing Prosecco and Burger Brunch? Every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm, you can book a two hour slot for just £25pp and enjoy unlimited prosecco along with food from Meat : Stack. What more could you want? The bar is open until 3am every night so you have plenty of time to soak up the ambiance of this hidden gem. Think vintage, chic interiors with a contemporary twist. The bar comprises of exposed brick walls and sprawling foliage intertwined with fairy lights, Gatsby-inspired decor, and rustic wooden tables. It’s the perfect place to both start and finish your night on the town and with the best burgers in Newcastle being served there, you just can’t go wrong.
Let us know what your favourite burger from Meat : Stack is- we’re dying to try the Triple Buffalo!
Lauren & Rachel xx
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