Sometimes, cheese and bread is the sticking plaster we all need. When the rain is pouring, or the hangover is pounding, head to Northern Soul to get the comfort food you crave.
Born in a corrugated iron shack before finding its home on Tib Street, Northern Soul has been a saviour on the city’s food scene since 2015. The UK’s first grilled cheese restaurant, it even counts Man Vs Food’s Adam Richman among its fans.
Northern Soul’s creative variations on the classic grilled cheese and its not-so-secret cheddar, mozzarella and gruyere blend are just some of the draws keeping hungry locals queuing.
Add a sweet edge with the bacon jam (£8.50), inject some Americana with the Philly cheese steak (11.75), heaped with cajun-spiced onions and peppers, or get herby with a balsamic-glazed hey pesto (£8.50).
Despite Northern Soul wearing grilled cheese on its sleeve, it’s not all sandwiches around here. Mac and cheese, jumbo wings and fries of all kinds – from truffle, jalapeno, bacon or sriracha-glazed – shake things up a little.
Oh, did we mention – every grilled cheese comes topped with a giant pickle. These particularly good, green juicy beacons alone are worth the visit.
Whether you’re looking for a lunch hangout with friends, a first date spot or a pit stop while Northern Quarter window-shopping, Northern Soul is always the correct answer.