I've got a confession to make. I'm all beer'd out. The Royal wedding gave me an ideal opportunity to visit a friend in Liverpool, drink from midday, and take in some of Liverpools best beer bars. It also left me feeling a bit fragile today and meant that despite Primo's in Leeds serving one of my favourite American lagers along with their excellent food I had to opt for a Fanta instead, I know, but needs must.
Primo's Gourmet Hotdogs serve genuinely top quality hotdogs, all really high in meat content and super tasty with well chosen toppings. A few favourites of mine being the 'Big Easy' - A Lincolnshire Pork sausage topped with crumbled blue cheese, crispy bacon and pine nuts, and the more traditional 'Classic Chicago' - an all beef Frankfurter with chopped white onions, pickles, tomato wedges, celery salt, ball park mustard and a dill pickle spear. The hot dogs all come in freshly baked buns from an artisan bakery in Harrogate, just a few miles away. It's a really nice touch as the flavoursome bread really makes the difference to the hot dogs.
As you can see from the picture though today we both fancied a deli style bagel for a change and weren't disappointed. My 'New Jersey Pastrami' was a bit of a monster; big thick slices of peppery pastrami, lettuce, tomato, wedges of dill pickle and American mustard all spilling out of a chewy, lightly toasted, super tasty bagel. It was just what the doctor ordered, and Colettes salmon and cream cheese offering was just as good too. High quality ingredients, handled with care and served properly. Primo's ticks all the boxes as far as I'm concerned.
Plus rather than taking the easy road when it comes to beer and stocking a fridge full of Buds they opted for Brooklyn Lager, it really is the little touches such as this that sets Primo's apart. They've won awards for their fantastic coffee, and offer big, icecream filled, calorific, milkshakes that are almost impossible to find done well this side of the pond.
It also helps that they're housed inside one of the best looking buildings in Leeds, the frankly stunning Corn Exchange. If you're visiting Leeds then this place is a perfect lunchtime treat, and if you already live here then seriously, what's wrong with you? Support this local gem today!