Dirty food porn: Almost Famous unleash daring new menu

It’s now a year since Almost Famous opened its rather inconspicuous doors (discreetly located just next door to Nation of Shopkeepers) in Leeds having enjoyed great success in Manchester with two busy restaurants.

Bursting onto the scene in 2012, they have gone on to grow a brand which has a unique personality, big enough to stand-out in a world where every Tom, Dick and Harry are jumping on the meaty treats bandwagon.

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Almost Famous: Major players in the flourishing Leeds/Manchester burger scene

Jesus, even McDonalds seem to be trying these days, peddling a poor excuse for pulled pork alongside their bang average burgers which may or may not be sourced from cows (still hasn’t stopped me from going every now and then, but in my defence, alcohol is always to blame).

Ever since checking out the Great Northern branch of Almost Famous and falling in love with their dynamite Butter, Blood and Bleu Burger, I’ve been hooked and frequent the Leeds joint on a regular basis.

An invitation to spend an evening sampling their new food and cocktail menu was a no-brainer and so I cancelled yet another night at the gym to yam down some calorie packed grub and hard liquor.

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A refreshing Almost Famous Picso Kid cocktail.

So first up, we were presented with a selection of the brand new starters which included the moreish True Love Wings (5.00), which came tossed in Marmite butter and served with Almost Famous Bacon Bacon mayo dip.

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Marmite hater? These True Love wings may have the power to turn you…

Next up came not only the best starter, but a major highlight of the new menu overall; Chicken Blasts (5.00). Consisting of boneless buttermilk fried chicken pieces doused in buttery hot sauce, this was a dish that Colonel Sanders could only dream of.

Needless to say, they didn’t last long as the table soon erupted into what looked like the scene from Gremlins where the monsters finally get their post-midnight feed.

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Chicken Bangs; boneless buttermilk fried chicken in hot sauce are a big win.

Now Almost Famous don’t like to do anything by halves and their extensive range of fries is testament to that, with no less than seven diverse and daring options available. The generous portions and sheer volume of ingredients involved make them a meal in themselves, so you might want to share, especially if you’re ordering sides with your burgers too.

The Phoenix Fries (4.50) consist of skin on and sweet potato fries, doused in Bacon Rain, Frazzle Dust, shoestring onions, Redneck BBQ, Bacon Bacon mayo, chillies and JD maple. Saying these fries are tasty would be an understatement; no additional condiments necessary.

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A bit on the side…Almost Famous sides and starters .

The Magic Waffle Fries (4.50) come lathered with Bacon Rain, JD Maple and an old-school packet of popping candy for an extra sugar rush. These were a little too sweet for my liking, but are ideal for kids or anyone with a sweet tooth (my dad would love these).

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The Ballpark Fries (4.50) were my personal favourite from the new menu and come with hot dog melt, French’s mustard, pickle relish and Winning ketchup; a supreme combination of flavours with a little added heat.

For those that like to keep things simple, I can highly recommend the LoveHate Fries from the old menu, which are cooked in Marmite butter. The flavour is far from overpowering and the salty Marmite taste just marries well with fries.

So onto the main event and the mighty burgers of which six are new, covering everything from heat to sweet and then some too.

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Almost Famous and their now infamous burger menu.

Sugar fiends will love the ‘Good Morning America’ (10.50) which is more-or-less what you’d find at a Las Vegas breakfast buffet and more (topped with a miniature Pop Tart I kid you not) whilst fans of spice will love ‘I’m Crack-ed Baby’ (9.00) which features hot Cholula sauce and chorizo.

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The Good Morning America Burger – a definite fatty magnet.

I went for the Johnny Drama Burger (11.00), which came served in a Pretzel bun and was stacked sky high with double double juicy burgers, flat iron steak, cheese, pickles, peppercorn sauce and garlic shoestring fries.

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Steak lovers behold the Johnny Drama Burger.

We were informed early on that Almost Famous had switched to a new meat supplier and now produce burgers with the best cuts of high grade beef. This showed as the burger was so juicy and packed with flavour, complimented further by the tender steak.

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The Butter Blood and Bleu – one of the finest burgers you’ll ever taste.

My mate went for the Butter, Blood and Bleu having heard me rave about it on a number of occasions and was not disappointed, putting it straight into his top three list of best burgers.

Final verdict:

As a regular Almost Famous customer, the new eats have not disappointed and succeeded in taking things to the next level with some incredible new dishes and flavours.

With a new kids menu on offer as well as some ambitious veggie burgers, there’s something for everyone to try on those days when diets go out the window.

With an almost endless amount of eateries for meat lovers to enjoy in Leeds and Manchester (where the UK’s best burger brands are from), Almost Famous is still in my top 2, alongside The Joint and I highly recommend you pay a visit.

Almost Famous, 23-25 Great George Street, LS1 3AL

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