Sunday, 6 April 2014

Solita - Northern Quarter, Manchester

Spoiler alert: I'm going to say the food at Solita is generally great but mostly I'm going to whine about the hot dog. Just so you know...

The buttermilk fried chicken with gravy was delicious.  Considering though we were in Manchester I was a little surprised to see it only came with a thimble of brown stuff.  Not so much a French dip more a French drizzle...

The "One and only" is a disturbing mess of a burger but essentially the one to go for if you want to eat everything on the menu.  It has a beef and bone marrow patty, the butter milk chicken, pulled pork, onion rings, bbq sauce, and cheese.  The mother in law smashed it.  I was in awe.

The buffalo wings were spot on apart from the fact you have to ask for blue cheese seperately which is a bit of a gripe and no celery.  Why?

The cock scratchings, sorry rooster scratchings, with Solita dust were delicious.  I'm guessing Solita dust is basically a handful of MSG as those mother fuckers are moreish...  Mac and cheese balls were ok.

Onto the hot dog; advertised on the menu as "Smoked Brisket Chilli and Cheese sauce" what came was smoked brisket, chilli, and cheese sauce.  An important fucking difference.  I was expecting a deep slow cooked and smokey brisketty chilli con fucking carne poured all over my dog.

I got limp and lifeless strands of mildly smokey brisket that had been cooked to death with a literal fuck tonne of sliced chilli on top.  The beef frank was good but the cheese sauce made it so messy I had to eat with a knife and fork further demoralising my whole sad situation.

It wasn't that it was actively bad don't get me wrong. It's just that a  chilli dog should be a simple thing.  I've written about them before here.  I, and it pains me to admit this, frequently look at pictures of hotdogs online.  I had expectations...

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    1. It's covered in cheese sauce and shorter than the dog; it's there though.