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…

1. Bubbacue

12 Callender Street


American BBQ joint Bubbacue offers long, slow smoked pork, ribs, brisket and sausage coupled with hearty American sides and desserts.

2. Hotplate Noshery

34 King Street

Hotplate El Nacho

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.

3. Blue Chicago Grill

East Point Entertainment Village, Old Dundonald Road

Blue Chicago

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

Victoria Square


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.

5. Bulletproof 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

Victoria Square

Rest Five

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.

7. Springsteens

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.

8. Bootleggers

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

Mikey's Bronx

Clogging arteries since 2012 (their words not ours). Terrific calorific American nosh in this hidden gem facing the Northern Whig.

10. Harleys

33-37 Finaghy Road North

Jack Harleys

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

Build A Burger

The home of the Big Lad (36oz of beef in a Belfast Bap), this burger joint is gloriously simple but tremendously effective.

12. Big Al’s BBQ & Burgers

137 Stranmillis Road

Big Al's

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

Victoria Square


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

Tony Romas

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

Eddie Rocket's

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

Boucher Square

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.


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