It wasn’t so long ago that McDonald’s, Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken constituted the only places you could go for American food in Belfast. Oh, and Wendy’s. Who could forget Wendy’s?
Now we’re graced with more US restaurants and American style diners than you can shake a baseball bat at.
Here’s our top 17…
12 Callender Street
American BBQ joint Bubbacue offers long, slow smoked pork, ribs, brisket and sausage coupled with hearty American sides and desserts.
34 King Street
The Hotplate Noshery is an American styled ‘pig-out spot’. Don’t believe us. Check out their latest creation – El Nacho – a 6oz burger topped with American cheese, salted nachos, chilli mince, jalapeños and cheese sauce then crammed into a toasted bun with salad.
East Point Entertainment Village, Old Dundonald Road
Blue Chicago Grill offers an extensive all day menu of delicious simple traditional food with an American influence, transformed into memorable classics using fresh local produce. Warning: don’t eat too much or you’ll fall asleep in the cinema!
4. Kua ‘Aina
This Hawaiian joint arrived in Victoria Square around the same time as Five Guys, but with less razamataz. We’re pleased to report they’re holding their own thanks to an excellent menu covering you from breakfast right through to supper with some interesting options like Seared Ahi Tuna Sandwich and Spicy Huli Huli Chicken Salad as well as authentic Hawaiian burgers.
36 Ann Street
Everything is made from scratch and slammed into greatness. Their words not ours. Though we’d be inclined to agree. A nice vibe in the restaurant and they’ve got Yardsman on draught… bonus!
6. Five Guys
It was impossible not to get caught up in the hype when American giant Five Guys opened in December. Two months on and we’re yet to see it without a major queue of people with their mouths hanging open. Thankfully, they run a very efficient ship and you’re never waiting very long. The burgers, fries and milkshakes are divine, but not the cheapest fast food you’ll find in Belfast.
633 Lisburn Rd
Springsteens have been around a right while and seen food fads come and go. They’ve built a reputation for serving freshly prepared American food, with burgers, ribs and steaks dominating their menu.
46 Church Lane
You don’t get much more American themed than a casual hideout that serves Moonshine. You’ll also find plenty of Deep South inspired items on the food menu in this American-diner-cum-Speakeasy.
9. Mikey’s Deli
6 Bridge Street
Clogging arteries since 2012 (their words not ours). Terrific calorific American nosh in this hidden gem facing the Northern Whig.
33-37 Finaghy Road North
Jack Harleys is an authentic flame grilled experience with big burgers, flame frilled steaks and BBQ ribs. A sticky sweet slice of America.
11. Build A Burger
75 Botanic Avenue
The home of the Big Lad (36oz of beef in a Belfast Bap), this burger joint is gloriously simple but tremendously effective.
137 Stranmillis Road
Ribs, wings, beef, pulled pork – if it’s smoked and meaty goods you’re after Big Al’s should keep you right.
13. TGI Fridays
This family-friendly restaurant is a great place to introduce the binge-eaters of tomorrow to the wonders of American food.
14. Tony Romas
25-27 University Avenue
A household name around the world, anyone visiting Tony Romas and not ordering ribs needs their head examined. That’s not to say you can’t have a steak as well.
15. Eddie Rocket’s
417-419 Lisburn Road
Since arriving in Belfast Eddie Rocket’s has done a roaring trade. The Lisburn Road outlet is regular packed to the gills with lovers of the American style offerings of this Irish franchise.
17. Ed’s Easy Diner
Open all day, every day, serving all-American classics from breakfast through to dinner. Just to ram home the fact they are most definitely flying the flag for the USA they’ve even got a functioning jukebox.